Funding, Study, Work Opportunities


Submission deadline: 05 November 2021

Population Early-Career Researcher Prize / Prix Jeune Auteur·e de la Revue Population

The journal Population is launching a call for submissions for the 2022 Early Career Researcher Prize. Master’s students, PhD students and early career researchers working in the field of population studies are invited to submit an original article to compete for the young author prize of the Population journal before the 5th of November 2021.  

Please click on the link below for all detailed information:

In French:
In English:

Application deadline: 15 October 2021

Assistant Professor in Environmental Sociology

The Department of Sociology at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, seeks applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Environmental Sociology (focusing on climate change, disasters, or survival migration).  The successful candidate will be responsible for performing research and teaching graduate/undergraduate classes in Sociology.

This individual will be expected to strengthen one or more of our core research clusters, including environment and sustainability, global structures, race, ethnicity & immigration, politics and social movements, or health, population, and biomedicine, and contribute to our diverse expertise in qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methodologies.  This individual will also have an opportunity to collaborate across a broad group of partners on and off-campus, including the Rutgers Energy Institute, the Rutgers Climate Institute, and the Rutgers Disaster Response Initiative, and contribute to the recently developed major in Environmental Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences.  

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. in Sociology or a related discipline pertinent to environmental sociology by start of appointment (on September 1, 2022).

Application Deadline: 15 October 2021

For more information, see

Location: Department of Sociology at Rutgers University, United States of America
Application deadline: 10 October 2021

MPIDR Course: Topics in Digital and Computational Demography

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) will be offering a five-day intensive online course and encourages qualified candidates to apply:

Course: Topics in Digital and Computational Demography

Instructors: Diego Alburez-Gutierrez, Jisu Kim, Sophie Lohmann, Daniela Perrotta, Emilio Zagheni

Start date: 8 November 2021.  
End date: 12 November 2021

The application deadline is 10 October 2021.

This year, topics include:

·    Collecting and using social media data for migration research;
·    Online and Facebook surveys;
·    The impact of social media on health and well-being;
·    Harnessing microsimulation and genealogies;
·    Biases in digital trace data and adjusting for them.

For more information and application instructions please visit the announcement.

Location: Virtual,
Application deadline: 01 October 2021

United Nations. Social Affairs Officer

The mandate of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is to promote sustainable and inclusive development and regional connectivity in the Asian and Pacific region. ESCAP’s role as a regional development arm of the United Nations Secretariat is to support its membership with policy oriented research and analysis, normative support and technical assistance and capacity building, to respond to the development priorities and changing needs of the Asian and Pacific region.

This position is located in the ESCAP Subregional Office in North and Central Asia (SONCA) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and is under the Sustainable Demographic Transition Section, Social Development Division. The Social Affairs Officer reports to the Chief of Sustainable Demographic Transition Section in the Social Development Division at ESCAP.

Application Deadline: 01 October 2021

For more information, see  

Location: Kazakhstan
Application review begins: 01 October 2021

Assistant Professor in Environmental Sociology

The Department of Sociology at Michigan State University (MSU) seeks candidates for a tenure-system Assistant Professor position in environmental sociology.  The 9-month academic year position begins on August 16, 2022.  The department seeks candidates with emerging or established expertise in investigating how regional and/or global ecological changes impact human health outcomes or disparities.

Required Degree: Doctorate -Sociology or closely related field

Minimum Requirements: Successful candidates must have:
·    a PhD in Sociology or closely related field;
·    expertise in environmental sociology;
·    potential for or established record of scholarly publications in environmental sociology;
·    potential for or established record of securing extramural research funding;
·    potential for or demonstrated evidence of high-quality instruction and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate levels; and
·    potential for or demonstrated evidence of effective service to the institution, leadership in the discipline, and/or engagement with broader publics.

For more information, see

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.  Questions regarding this position should be directed to Dr. Tom Dietz (Search Committee Chair) at

Location: Department of Sociology, Michigan State University, United States of America
Application review begins: 01 October 2021

Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Agent-Based Modeling of Migration

The Department of Earth and Environment is seeking a post-doctoral research fellow for a 1-year appointment with the possibility for a further 1-year renewal, to develop an application of the MIDAS (Migration, Intensification, and Diversification as Adaptive Strategies) modeling framework to examine influences of environmental variability on migration flows in West Africa.  

The successful candidate will work with a team of researchers from BU, NYU, and Columbia University to assist in convening a series of knowledge-brokering workshops with policy stakeholders in Senegal to jointly identify key modeling questions and processes, develop and calibrate a modeling application, and co-develop modeling syntheses and policy outputs.  

This position requires strong quantitative skills, coding skills, and some experience with agent-based modeling.  Additional strengths include skills in facilitation and in working with partners across different disciplines, cultures, or languages; skills in French language; as well as a demonstrated interest in migration issues.   

Candidates should send a cover letter outlining how this work aligns with their past research and current research goals, a CV, sample computer codes (and if applicable, a link to GitHub repositories), and a recent writing sample, to  

Review of applications will begin on October 1 and continue until the position is filled.  Please direct any questions to Andrew Bell ( with the subject line “MIDAS Post-doctoral Fellow Search.”

Location: Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University, United States of America
Posted: 23 September 2021

Staff Associate I

Open Date
Aug 14, 2021

The Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR) in the Earth Institute, Columbia University in New York invites applicants for an Staff Associate I appointment for assisting the Research Scientist at the Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR) on research-related activities, with a focus on the Department of Defense (DoD)-funded Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) project on migration and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) World Modelers project.  These projects are focused on advancing understanding of the links between food insecurity, migration, and refugee movement.

Additionally, the World Modelers project involves the development of a platform to accelerate data-informed decision making in complex environments. The Staff Associate I will assist the Research Scientist in programming in both R and Python to perform technical analysis on observational datasets, to run simulations models, and to integrate models into the World Modelers platform.  The overall goal of these efforts is to understand dynamics and potential interventions in reduce fragility and promote stability in East Africa and other regions with significant social instability.

The Staff Associate I will support and assist the Research Scientist with: creating scientific content (e.g., technical figures, tables, and diagrams with captions; results descriptions, interpretation, etc.)  for scientific presentation in publication or presentation formats; participating in group and project meetings including with expert partners and project stakeholders, via phone conference and in person, including at workshops and conferences; supporting the creation and documentation of technical analysis methods; collection and maintenance of datasets, literature reviews and other background research.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in data science, computer science, statistics, mathematics or related quantitative and computational field of study. A MA degree in data science, computer science, statistics, mathematics or related quantitative and computational field of study can substitute for 2 years of experiences.
At least 2 years of related experience working in quantitative and computation analysis

    Ability to work in the R and Python programming languages
    Familiarity with large (100+ GB) dataset analysis and archival
    Ability to effectively execute work in Unix environments
    Ability to create clear and visually compelling scientific figures and tables
    Ability to work effectively in team environment
    Excellent spoken and written English

To apply, visit:

Location: Columbia University in the City of New York: Earth Institute, United States of America
Posted: 23 September 2021


Fellowships/assistantships are available for self-motivated students to pursue PhD degrees and conduct innovative and high-impact research in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University (

 Applications are welcome from students with a variety of backgrounds and in a wide range of disciplines, such as anthropology, behavioral science, biology, computer science and engineering, conservation, data science, demography, ecology, economics, environmental science and engineering, geographic information science, geography, geosciences, land science, mathematics, remote sensing, sociology, sustainability science, and other related fields.

 Research topics may include telecoupling (,  sustainability science, UN Sustainable Development Goals, coupled human and natural systems, systems integration (e.g., integration of natural sciences such as ecology with social sciences such as economics, policy, and technology), biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, food-energy-water-climate nexus, human well-being, forest and landscape ecology, global change, wildlife ecology and conservation, land change science, and computer modeling and simulation (e.g., agent-based modeling). Studies on these and other related topics by faculty and students at CSIS have been published in journals such as Science and Nature. With flexible start dates (e.g., summer or fall of 2022), successful candidates can build on previous studies and explore new frontiers.

Application materials include: (1) letter of application, (2) CV or resume, (3) academic statement, (4) personal statement, (5) transcripts, (6) GRE scores, (7) TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), (8) list of 3 references (names and contact information), and (9) up to three representative publications if any. Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and transcripts are OK initially. 

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible.  Applications and questions about these opportunities should be emailed to:

Professor Jianguo (Jack) Liu
Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability
Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823-5243, USA (email)


Location: Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University, United States of America
Posted: 20 September 2021

APHL and CDC Laboratory Fellowship Program opportunities

Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are partnering to offer a variety of laboratory fellowship programs to train and prepare scientists for careers in public health laboratories and support public health initiatives. As a recipient of American Rescue Plan funding, APHL is expanding its current fellowship program offerings and recruiting for two classes of fellows in 2022—with assignments beginning in January 2022 and July 2022—and adding a new Internship Initiative, which will begin assignments in July 2022.

The Environmental Health Laboratory Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for post-bachelors, -masters and -doctoral scientists to apply their skills in an environmental health setting. This one- to two-year program prepares fellows for careers in public health and environmental laboratories and helps support critical public health initiatives related to environmental health.

The Environmental Health Laboratory Fellowship Program trains and prepares scientists for careers in public health laboratories and supports public health initiatives related to environmental health such as; biomonitoring, biosur­veillance, environmental monitoring, radiochemistry and or wastewater sur­veillance. The fellowship’s mission is to provide a high quality training experience for the fellow while providing workforce capacity to the public health laboratory community.

To learn more, please see

Application deadline: 15 August 2021

Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research invites Expressions of Interest proposals to participate in the Marie S. Curie Individual Fellowships scheme with the MPIDR as host institution. The scheme enables experienced researchers (PhD or equivalent research experience) from across the globe to conduct a research and professional development project at a European research institution for up to 2 years. It pays a generous monthly stipend, and several allowances.

Interested applicants should send a 3-page summary proposal and your CV to the contact address below. The proposal should contain an outline of their  research project, and information on their professional development and implementation/dissemination plans.

Please send your applications no later than 15 August 2021.

For further information, see

Location: Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany
Application deadline: 16 July 2021

Postdoctoral Scholar Opportunity

The University of Kentucky is seeking a postdoctoral scholar in environmental epidemiology.  The scholar will contribute to research on early life and adolescent environmental exposures and neurodevelopmental health as part of ongoing projects in the Haynes Research Laboratory in the Department of Epidemiology.  The scholar will lead analyses and manuscripts evaluating neurodevelopmental health outcomes and exposure to metals and perfluoroalkyl substances.  The postdoctoral fellow will work with a dedicated mentor in a supportive research environment.  The scholar will also contribute to community engagement and outreach related to the research study.  Other activities include participation in a youth advisory board, development of infographics and other data design, and report-back of individual and community-level research study results.  In addition, the scholar will also have opportunities to pursue career development activities, present at professional conferences, develop independent research projects and apply for K99/R00 or other research grants.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent graduate degree in epidemiology, environmental health sciences, biostatistics, or related field.  Programming and data management skills in SAS, R, or Stata as well as excellent writing skills are required.  Additional desired qualifications include experience in children’s environmental health research, biomarker-based research, graphic design using Canvas or other software, and/or statistical approaches to assess exposure to mixtures.

Deadline to Apply     16 July 2021

Candidates will need to provide a cover letter describing research interest, CV, writing sample, and list of three references.   

For more information, see

Location: University of Kentucky, United States of America
Application deadline: 15 July 2021

Postdoctoral call on “Migration in the Afromontane”: Exploring intersections with entrepreneurship and sustainable development

The Afromontane Research Unit (ARU) has established an inter-and trans-disciplinary research project titled: “Migration in the Afromontane”: Exploring intersections with entrepreneurship in QwaQwa, Free State, South Africa. The study will feed into a wider collaborative research programme between the University of the Free State, QwaQwa Campus, and Japan’s Akita International University, Faculty of International Liberal Arts, Global Studies Program, which aims to establish a sustainability science hub on the QwaQwa campus. The programme links the rural mountainous communities of QwaQwa, in the Free State province, South Africa, and Gojome town, in Akita Prefecture, Japan, through a trans-local learning approach. Trans-local learning is created by linking (trans-) different localities (local). Trans-disciplinary, trans-local approaches grounded in Sustainability Science, have the potential to create nuanced knowledge about global sustainability challenges, such as migration.

Research Focus: A two-year postdoctoral position is available in the department of Geography at the University of the Free State, QwaQwa campus. The postdoc will work with an interdisciplinary team examining the links between migration, entrepreneurship and sustainable development in QwaQwa. The position falls under the UFS-QwaQwa Risk & Vulnerability Science Centre (RVSC), funded by the NRF. The postdoctoral research associate will be expected to analyze both qualitative interview/focus group data and quantitative survey data, help lead deliberative stakeholder workshops, conduct literature reviews and employ sociological theories related to migration, entrepreneurship and sustainable development, contribute to peer-reviewed publications and presentations at professional meetings. The call presents an excellent opportunity for high-achieving researchers to be part of an innovative, internationally collaborative social science research project.

Eligibility:  1. Preference will be given to previously disadvantaged individuals; 2. A PhD degree in a relevant background discipline (e.g. Sustainability Science, Geography, or motivated other); 3. Field-work experience in rural communities; 4. Driven, disciplined, able to work as a member of a team, and be able to set and meet own deadlines; 5. A proficiency in English, both verbal and written, is required; 6. A valid driver’s license is preferable.

How to Apply: Applications should be submitted to Dr Melissa Hansen ( by 15 July 2021, with the following:  1. A one-page Letter of Motivation (which includes why you are interested in this project, relevant experience, and any areas of particular interest); 2. Full CV; 3. Academic Transcripts; 4. Copy of ID or Passport (latter if a foreign applicant).

Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by telephone/Skype. Applicants who do not hear any response to their application by 25 July2020 can assume that they have not been successful. The UFS reserves the right to re-advertise for this post if a suitable candidate is not found.  

For further enquires please contact Dr Hansen at

Location: South Africa
Posted: 25 June 2021

Geospatial data scientist position at DHS

ICF has an opening for a Geospatial Data Scientist working primarily with The Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) Program’s Geospatial team.

The Geospatial Data Scientist will primarily focus on the use of geospatial techniques to analyze demographic and health issues using DHS data. Tasks will include: managing the production of modeled surface datasets using model-based geostatistics (MBG), collaborating with other researchers to integrate geospatial data in their analysis, writing analytical reports for publication, writing code for data cleaning, debugging and testing existing code/tools for GPS processing and geostatistical model fitting, and contributing to the creation of spatial analysis outputs for use in program decision making, with a focus on the use of the data by survey countries.

The Geospatial Data Scientist will also be involved in other cross-cutting projects at ICF with a need for geostatistical analysis. The Geospatial Data Scientist will report directly to the Geospatial Research Manager and will work closely with the other members of the Geospatial team. This full-time position will be based in Rockville, MD (in the Washington, DC metro area), once it is safe to reopen offices due to COVID-19.

For more information, see

Location: United States of America
Application deadline: 03 March 2021

Two Post-doctoral positions

The French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) and the iPOPs Laboratory of Excellence are inviting applications for two post-doctoral positions:

•    1 two-year post-doctoral position in one of Ined's 11 units (10 research units and one mixed service unit)
•    1 one-year post-doctoral position in one of iPOPs' 6 partner research centers

Deadline for applications : 3 March 2021, 12:00 PM (noon), Paris time
The applicant must fulfill the following three criteria :

•    The applicant must hold a PhD awarded after 03/03/2017, or have defended their dissertation prior to the start date of the post-doctoral contract (12/15/2021 at the latest) in a discipline related to the population sciences, including demography, economics, epidemiology, history and sociology.
•    The applicant must not have been hosted at the requested host research institution during their doctoral research for a total period exceeding six months.
•    The applicant must have the endorsement of a mentor who commits to support them throughout their period of employment. Applicants should directly contact researchers at INED or in partner laboratories.

There are no nationality or age requirements.

Full information is available at:

Location: French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED), France
Application deadline: 01 March 2021

Assistant Professor in "Big Data Analytics for Natural Resources"

The Department of Natural Resources (NRS) at ITC/University of Twente in The Netherlands seeks to hire an Assistant Professor with expertise in big data analytics.

The Department of Natural Resources aims to enable society to effectively develop and use geo-information and Earth observation knowledge and technologies for agricultural and environmental sustainability. The activities of the department are expanding to address new opportunities in applying increasing volumes of remotely sensing imagery and ancillary GIS data layers for natural resource management at regional, continental, and global levels. The NRS specialise in using large volumes of image data derived from remote sensing that characterise the physical properties of vegetation and the environment from individual leaves, to landscape/ecosystem, and even global levels. Exploiting and modelling these increasingly large volumes of data to inform end users fills important gaps in our understanding of vegetation condition, biodiversity and environmental monitoring, forest management and food security and contribute to new approaches for upscaling and exploiting these data.

This position will complement and expand existing expertise in the NRS department. The position will be a point of contact with ITC's Centre of Expertise in Big Geodata Science. ITC, and this position, are focused on collaboration to develop high-quality research outputs that demonstrate the societal impact of big data and open science.

A full description of the announcement can be found here.

Deadline: 1 March 2021

Location: Department of Natural Resources (NRS) at ITC/University of Twente, Netherlands
Application deadline: 28 February 2021

Masters Scholarship Opportunities for 2021-2022

Masters Scholarship Opportunities for 2021-2022 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

MSc Demography and Health
MSc Reproductive and Sexual Health Research

Full scholarships available for low and middle income countries (LMIC). See list of countries here

1.      LSHTM Fund Scholarship – deadline February 28th 2021 -  2021-22 LSHTM Fund Scholarship
2.      GSK Scholarships for Future Health Leaders – deadline February 28th 2021 -2021-22 GSK Scholarships for Future Health Leaders

For further details of the Masters programmes please see the following links:

MSc Demography and Health MSc D and H
MSc Reproductive and Sexual Health Research MSc RSHR

Location: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM),
Application deadline: 26 February 2021

The 2021 Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

The Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program offers scientists and engineers from a wide variety of disciplines unique opportunities to conduct research in a wide range of topics relevant to the Intelligence Community. The research is conducted by the Postdocs, while working in partnership with a Research Advisor and collaborating with an advisor from the Intelligence Community.

In partnership with the Research Advisor, the Postdoc composes and submits a technical proposal that responds to a research opportunity identified at:
Award Details:

·    Stipends range from $75,000 to $79,000, depending on research location.
·    Annual travel budget of up to $6,000
·    Appointments for two years, and option to extend for a third year
·    Host institutions receive an annual laboratory budget of up to $5,000.
·    Advisors receive a $10,000 stipend and a travel budget of up to $2,000.

Postdoc Eligibility:

·                     U. S. citizenship required
·                     Ph.D. received within 5 years of the application deadline

Applications Accepted Jan. 4 - Feb. 26, 2021

For more information, see