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Latest MRDRC newsletter now posted

The Winter 2021 newsletter features an overview of FY22 projects and the latest researcher news. Read the PDF version here.

Junior Faculty Research Mentoring and Funding Opportunity

The Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research, in partnership with MRDRC, seeks retirement or disability research proposals that focus on the well-being of older African-Americans and/or disparities among different race/ethnic groups. Junior faculty and research scientists/ investigators are eligible to apply. These awards are available through the MRDRC via a cooperative agreement with the SSA.

Details are on MRDRC’s Research Mentoring page.

Applications for the next round of funding are due January 18, 2022.

Junior scholars & PhD candidates: Applications open for Sandell Grant and Dissertation Fellowship programs

Funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration, the annual Sandell Grant offers up to three junior scholars up to $45,000 in grants to pursue research projects in, for example, retirement income, older workers, population disability incidence, or retirement well-being.

Also funded by SSA, the Fellowship Program awards up to three $28,000 fellowships to doctoral candidates focusing on retirement issues and enrolled in an accredited U.S. program.

The programs are administered by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. For more information on these opportunities and to apply, visit the Sandell page or the fellowship program page.

Deadline for both programs is January 31, 2022.

More training opportunities for students and junior faculty

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Financial Security currently has four calls for training opportunities:

Deadline for application is February 3, 2022, for all.

Miss the annual SSA Retirement and Disability Research Consortium Meeting?

Researchers from SSA’s four Retirement and Disability Research Centers presented their latest work in a virtual format, Thursday, August 5, and Friday, August 6. The agenda, slides, written summaries, and recordings of the presentations are available on the Center for Financial Security’s meeting page.

Financial Security Research Symposium webcast available

Co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Social Security Administration, this event featured four panels of academic, nonprofit, and governmental experts addressing issues surrounding financial preparedness and retirement security.

If you missed the symposium, the webcast is now available. The schedule is also available.

Link for Panel 1 slides: Assessing Financial Preparedness & Retirement Security

Link for Panel 2 slides: Understanding Social Security

Link for Panel 3 slides: Other Sources of Financial Security

Link for Panel 4 slides: Future Directions for Research

Link for keynote slides: William E. Spriggs

Link for the symposium summary