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Dissertation Mentorship Program

CES wants to assist doctoral candidates who are actively engaged in dissertation research in economics, sociology, demography, or a related field using Census Bureau microdata at a Research Data Center.

Program participants receive two principal benefits:

  • One or more researchers are assigned as mentors and advise the participant on the use of Census Bureau microdata.
  • A visit to CES where they meet with research staff and present research in progress. Trip expenses (airfare, hotel, and meals) will be paid for by CES.

Since 2008, participants have included students from Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, Florida State University, George Washington University, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, Stanford University, Syracuse University, Texas A&M University, University of Chicago, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Denver, University of Houston, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Iowa, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska, University of North Carolina, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas, University of Virginia, and University of Wisconsin.

Application Guidelines

Eligible candidates must be

  • Actively working on a Ph.D. thesis using Census Bureau microdata at a Research Data Center.
  • A U.S. citizen

Required Materials - Submit the following via email to the Mentorship Program Coordinator

  • Contact information, name(s) of faculty advisor, and expected completion date, or a CV with that information.
  • Title and abstract of RDC–based dissertation research, including a description of microdata being used.
  • FSRDC project number covering this approved research.


  • Acceptance will be on a rolling basis, as funding and staffing resources allow.

Page Last Revised - March 1, 2022
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