The SSRC announces the Graduate Student Collaboration Fellowship 2014-2015

It can be prohibitively difficult for graduate students of terminal master’s degree programs to be well-positioned for success in PhD programs. The convention of traditional terminal master’s programs to emphasize non-analytical skills and non-research activities may preclude some MA graduates from developing the solid foundations necessary for rigorous doctoral study. Moreover, DePaul’s status as a commuter school for many students makes collaboration among grad students a difficult and time consuming endeavor with uncertain payoffs. What many graduate students need is dedicated space for scholarship and collaboration (with other graduate students and faculty), as well as opportunities to learn new methods and skills, in a way that complements their current course of study.

8052025538_dd6764d9d6_oThe Social Science Research Center’s (SSRC) Graduate Student Collaboration Fellowship (GSCF) addresses these needs. This new fellowship program in quantitative inquiry and methods will offer three graduate students office space, interdisciplinary collaboration, technical assistance in statistics and methodology, as well as opportunities to learn new software programs. The inaugural fellowship will occur during the fall and spring quarters of the 2014-2015 academic year. In exchange for training, mentorship, technical assistance, and physical resources provided by the SSRC, GSCF fellows will participate and assist in SSRC programming and research for 4-8 hours a week.

Application materials are due by September 15, 2014. The three applications selected as fellows will be announced October 1, 2014. Fellowships may be renewed if the participant demonstrates substantial progress and could benefit from continued development with SSRC resources.

Applications should be sent to Jessi Bishop-Royse at

Full application requirements and instructions can be found here:


Author: Jessica Bishop-Royse

Jessica Bishop-Royse is the SSRC’s Senior Research Methodologist. Her areas of interest include: health disparities, demography, crime, methods, and statistics. She often finds herself navigating the fields of sociology, demography, epidemiology, medicine, public health, and policy. She was broadly trained in data collection, Stata, quantitative research methodology, as well as statistics. She has experience with multi-level analyses, survival analyses, and multivariate regression. Outside of the work context, Jessi is interested in writing, reading, travel, photography, and sport.

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