AddAge Initiative

We encourage you to theorize and empirically  incorporate an age and/or life course component into your social, economic, and/or demographic research. The AddAge Initiative through the Life Course Center on the Demography and Economics of Aging is just that.  We aim to provide support, to qualified applicants, funds for a 50% time summer research assistant and conference travel to present your research findings at the Gerontological Society of America or the Population Association of America meetings.

Target audiences:

  • Faculty and research scientists with ongoing projects that could but do not currently have a later life course or aging framing
  • Faculty and research scientists with new projects that incorporate later adulthood or aging as a key focus of the research
  • Faculty and research scientists working with a graduate student who is new to aging research.

How to apply:

  • Prepare a one-page summary of the research project, the aging and/or life course theoretical framing and empirical analysis that you want to incorporate, and the relevance of the project to LCC themes
  • Prepare a one-paragraph description of the work that the graduate student will do and the skills needed to complete the work
  • Indicate whether the primary applicant meets our priority consideration criteria and provide additional information as appropriate*
  • Include a CV for the primary applicant
  • Email all materials to [email protected] by March 21

What LCC will provide:

  • 50% graduate research assistance support for summer 2022 (May 30-August 28)
  • Hiring support for the graduate research assistant
  • Up to $5,000 in additional expenses (e.g., summer salary, data)
  • Travel support for both the applicant and the graduate student to attend either the Gerontological Society of America or the Population Association of America in 2023 to present the results of the AddAge research


  • Application materials due March 21
  • Award notifications made by March 30

*Please note that priority will be given to new and early stage investigators, scholars from underrepresented backgrounds, and investigators new to aging and life-course research.