CPC Postdoctoral Scholars Program

The primary purpose of the CPC postdoctoral fellowship program is to further the development of skills in population research among those with recent doctorates. CPC policy anchors this program in a preceptorship arranged between the postdoctoral scholar and a faculty sponsor. Postdoctoral scholars work closely with their faculty preceptors to develop, carry out, and publish the results of research projects.

Postdocs are expected to report their research each year at the interdisciplinary workshop. Postdocs are required to attend the annual meeting of the Population Association of America (Denver, CO in 2018). Participation in sessions on the responsible conduct of research (RCR) is also required; participation in research proposal preparation is strongly encouraged. Postdocs may audit relevant UNC-CH courses with approval of their CPC preceptor(s) and permission of the course instructor.

The fourteen postdoctoral scholars during the 2017-18 academic year hold doctorates in epidemiology; global health; global health and population; public health sciences; resources, environment, and sustainability; and sociology. They hold degrees awarded by:


Among CPC postdocs who have completed their fellowships, the majority have accepted university teaching positions, and others hold positions in applied research settings.


Postdoctoral Fellowship Benefits

Stipend levels for CPC-funded postdocs are based on the NIH National Research Service Award (NRSA) stipend schedule. The stipend level is determined by the number of completed years of relevant experience since completion of the doctorate.

    In addition to stipends, each CPC-supported postdoc receives support for the payment of premiums on mandatory health insurance. CPC-funded postdocs also receive travel support of up to $1,250 annually to attend the annual meeting of the Population Association of America and other professional disciplinary meetings.

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