Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships

The University of Missouri Census Regional Data Center (MU RDC) offers Interdisciplinary Doctoral fellowships in order to support MU’s teaching mission and to train the next generation of researchers in large survey data research. Schedule an MU RDC Information Session for your department, seminar, or class! Focusing on economic, demographic, or health data, these sessions are a great way to learn more about the MU RDC, available datasets, and the proposal process. Email Jacob Cronin at The MU RDC Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships provide support for up to two doctoral students to conduct research using Census Research Data Center (RDC) data products. Students must be nominated by their academic advisors. Eligible projects include a faculty-initiated project or a student dissertation and must require the use of restricted data only available through the Census RDC.

Each MU RDC Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend for the academic year (August-May) and full tuition remission provided by the Office of Graduate Studies.


Doctoral students in good standing in an academic program at the University of Missouri may submit applications. Successful applicants are likely to be students who are in at least the second year of their program at the time of application. Academic departments may nominate more than one student.

Potential applicants should attend the “Student Research Opportunities Available through the Census RDC” informational session on January 31, 2017 at 1:00pm or February 22, 2017 at 1:00pm. Both sessions will be held in Middlebush 111.  Additional information can be obtained by request from

Application Requirements

A complete application to the MU RDC Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship has six parts:

  1. a letter of no more than three pages in which the student describes their academic and research plans, including the project to be completed using RDC data
  2. a C.V.
  3. a current transcript
  4. a completed fellowship form
  5. a statement of the student’s satisfactory progress in their graduate program from the director of graduate studies or the student’s academic adviser
  6. a letter of recommendation from the academic adviser who will oversee the project

How to Apply

MU RDC MU RDC Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships are awarded on an annual basis.

Fill out the 2017-18 application form.

Program nominations for academic year 2017-18 are will be due March 13, 2017, and funds will be awarded in April.

The completed nomination/application should be submitted electronically by the doctoral student’s program office to the Population, Education, and Health Center ( no later than March.

Past Awards

In April, 2015, the PEHC awarded two Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships for academic year 2015-2016:

Sarah F. May (Educational & Counseling Psychology). During her fellowship year, Sarah will examine how in-state resident tuition policies, which are state-level policies that permit undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates, affect the mental health of immigrants who live in those states. Sarah will be advised by Dr. Stephanie Potochnick (Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs) and Dr. Lisa Y. Flores (Educational & Counseling Psychology).

Emilie M. Shireman (Psychological Sciences). During her fellowship year, Emilie will use Medicare and Medicaid enrollment and claims data, alongside data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey – I Epidemiologic Follow-up Study (NHEFS) to determine whether alcohol-related health consequences are moderated by certain etiological factors, such as heavy substance use, early initiation of substance use, and geographic proximity to alcohol outlets and healthcare services. Emilie will be advised by Dr. Douglas Steinley (Psychological Sciences).