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 (up to $1500) 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 (up to $1500) 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.