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MRDRC offers funding for summer data workshops in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Two funding awards, one for the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) Summer Workshop and one for the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) Data User Workshop, are available. The funding will cover airfare, lodging, per diem, and tuition expenses for the week-long programs.  All are invited to apply for the funding; members of under-represented communities are encouraged to apply. Deadline for funding applications is April 8, 2019.

Applicant requirements

  • The workshops are designed for faculty, research professionals, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. MRDRC funding is directed at early career researchers, generally graduate to junior-faculty level.
  • Individuals must have demonstrated interest in retirement and disability topics that relate to the Social Security Administration’s research agenda. Topics include
    • the impact of Social Security program rules on individuals’ work and retirement decisions;
    • macroeconomic and financial effects of changes in Social Security policy on national saving, investment, and economic growth;
    • implication of trends in Social Security, private pensions, and private saving for future retirement income security;
    • interactions of Social Security with other public and private programs;
    • international research on pension and Social Security issues;
    • distributional effects of proposed Social Security reforms;
    • impact of demographic and social change on Social Security.
  • Applicants must apply and be accepted to one of the two workshops in order to be considered for the funds.

MRDRC funding is offered through a cooperative agreement with the Social Security Administration.

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Workshop details

Please note: The workshops have different dates, deadlines, and application procedures.

The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) Summer Workshop

Dates: June 10-14, 2019

This workshop is intended to give participants an introduction to the HRS that will enable them to use the data for research.

The HRS is a large-scale longitudinal study of the labor force participation and health transitions that individuals undergo toward the end of their work lives and in the years that follow. The survey collects information about income, work, assets, pension plans, health insurance, disability, physical health and functioning, cognitive functioning, and health care expenditures.

The HRS Summer Workshop features:

  • Morning lectures on basic survey content, sample design, weighting, and restricted data files
  • Hands-on data workshops every afternoon in which participants learn to work with the data under the guidance of HRS staff
  • Topics include (but not limited to) in-depth information on HRS data about:
    • Health insurance and medical care
    • Biomarkers, physical measures, and genetic data
    • Cognition
    • Health and physical functioning
    • Linkage to Medicare and Medicaid
    • Employment, retirement, and pensions
    • Psychosocial and well-being
    • Family data
    • International comparison data

For more information, or to register, visit:

Look for the course called “Introduction to the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) Workshop”

There is no deadline to apply, but enrollment is limited to 30 students.

Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) Data User Workshop

Dates: June 10-14, 2019

The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), begun in 1968, is the world’s longest-running multigenerational household panel study. It is used widely in behavioral, social, and health sciences to investigate scientific and policy questions about life-course trajectories in health and well-being, intergenerational social and economic mobility, income and wealth inequality, family investments in children, neighborhood effects on opportunity and achievement, and many other topics.

This five-day workshop will cover the content and structure of the core PSID interview, its special topics modules, and its supplemental studies, including

  • the 1997-2007 and 2014 Child Development Supplements (CDS I-III and CDS-2014),
  • the Transition into Adulthood Supplement (TAS),
  • the Disability and Use of Time Supplement (DUST),
  • the Childhood Retrospective Circumstances Study (CRCS).

Morning sessions will include lectures on topics such as

  • study design,
  • changes to content and sample composition over time,
  • rules for following sample members into new households, and weighting.

Classroom demonstrations using PSID data extracts will illustrate key concepts. In afternoon lab sessions, participants will develop their own analytic data files under the guidance of project staff.

Application deadline: April 12, 2019. Enrollment is limited to 25 students.

For more information or to register, visit

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