Duties | Application | Proposal Guidelines
The African Census Analysis Project,
Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania, has one postdoctoral
fellowship available beginning September 2001.
Candidates must have completed their doctorate degree in either demography or related social science field by the time of the initial appointment. This postdoctoral
fellowship is for individuals interested in working with a team of researchers analyzing large-scale census data from different African countries at the University of
Pennsylvania. The following research areas are identified:
The fellowship is for one year with possible renewal for a second year contingent upon the performance of the candidate and existing funds.
The fellow will join a team of ACAP
researchers to conduct research in the form of data analysis and writing of
papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals or
other forms of publications, using African census data in the research areas listed above. The fellow will be required to attend and give seminar presentations on their
ongoing research, take part in the writing of research proposals and partake in other ACAP activities. Renewal of fellowships will be evaluated based on performance of
fellows in achieving these goals especially the production of papers for peer-review publications.
Applicants for the fellowship should
submit a complete CV and a 3 to 5 pages proposal (Proposal
Guideline) setting out the issue they propose to investigate, research
method, relationship to ongoing work in the area, expected time they can arrive at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and the anticipated publication product.
Reviewing of applications will begin March 31, 2001 and continue until the position is filled. Applications and names of three referees should be sent to:
Professor Tukufu Zuberi, Director
African Census Analysis Project
Population Studies Center
University of Pennsylvania
3718 Locust Walk, PA 19104
Fax: 1 215-898-2124
ACAP research scholars are constituted
around research teams, with team members working on a particular topic. Team
members include both ACAP resident
researchers at Penn and research collaborators outside of Penn. The team structure consists of a two-prong strategy. The production of edited volumes and more
focused case studies essentially for journal and other peer review publications. Case studies will include country-and topic-specific focuses. Topic-specific focuses will
center on topics such as mortality, fertility, migration, poverty, and/or socioeconomic status from census micro data. The research proposal from participants should
include specific aims, methodology, data to be used, preliminary results and bibliography. It should be organized in order to answer the following questions:
The following schedule provides the applicants with a possible template.
Title of the proposal The title may outline, as clearly as possible, a specific research topic and should be related to the ACAP research teams.
The introduction should clearly define the general and specific aims of the proposal. It should also outline the importance of the research related to the context of the
study (countries, population and period studied).
of the study and Background The phenomenon the author intends to investigate
should be clearly defined. One should recognize independent and
dependent variables to be studied. The linkage between these variables should be clearly described taking into account the review of the literature.
III Data and methods
What data are you going to use? Are they available? What will be the impact
of their quality in the analysis? What approach are you going to
use for validation purposes (statistical model and software)?
VI Preliminary results What are the preliminary results and findings obtained by the applicant?
V Schedule of future works What are the next steps of the study and the timing of the remaining works?