CUNY Institute for Demographic Research

The CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR) established by the City University of New York in 2007 as part of a significant commitment to launch New York’s first demographic research and training program, thereby producing an intellectually vibrant community of scholars in that field.  It is comprised of affiliates from many of the 23 CUNY campuses. Building on the presence of more than 30 demographers CUNY-wide, the City University of New York hired nine new faculty members in the field during the past few years.

CUNY’s Demography Certificate Program was designed to fill the needs for basic and applied researchers not only in the metropolitan area, but also nationally and internationally. The program promotes a variety of applied and interdisciplinary collaborations. The Institute’s faculty play a leadership role in the instruction of demography courses that students may take to meet requirements for the doctoral, masters, or bachelors degree.

With CUNY’s demography cluster initiative, the University has created the Institute, a home where scholars can gather to exchange ideas and receive the support necessary to accomplish the research agendas they establish. This engagement takes many forms, including cross-campus collaborations of faculty and students, development and support for new research and training initiatives, and a vibrant seminar series sponsored by the Institute, at which demographers from both CUNY and other universities, and from within or outside academia, present work of general interest.

The Certificate Program, which began in Fall 2010, consists of core courses in demographic theory and methods and a range of electives. A limited number of fellowships are available for demography students. On their applications, prospective students should describe their interests and background in demography and note their desire to be considered for a fellowship in demography. The fellowship consists of tuition, fees, and stipend, contingent on proper progress, for five years.

 The Certificate Program in Demography provides students with the tools to understand deeply, and conduct rigorous analyses of, population structure and processes. Specifically, the courses comprising the certificate focus, for example, on understanding the causes and consequences of changes in population-related phenomena such as family formation, fertility and reproductive health, disease, aging and mortality, urbanization, racial and ethnic composition, mobility, and how such changes shape social, economic, and political processes and outcomes at the local, national, and international level.

Pathways into Program

Prospective graduate students must apply to any one of the many doctoral programs located at the CUNY Graduate Center. These might include, for example, Sociology, Economics, Public Health, Political Science, History, Earth and Environmental Sciences, or Anthropology. Limited fellowship positions for doctoral students interested in Demography are available and consist of full tuition, fees, and a stipend for up to five years. Current fellows in the program are doctoral candidates in the fields of Sociology, Public Health, and Economics. Once enrolled in a doctoral program at the Graduate Center, any student in good academic standing may take demography courses. The Certificate Program in Demography consists of 15 credits in total, nine of which are required and six of which are electives. The certificate is earned en route to the Ph. D. in the student’s discipline.

More information on the course sequence of the program can be found here.