Angus Campbell Scholars Fund

The Angus Campbell Scholars Fund provides research awards to University of Michigan graduate students who are conducting research dealing with quality of life and psychological well-being. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, measurement and determinants such as work, marriage, family life, health, and place, as well as political behavior and identification, across gender and/or race, in the United States or internationally.


Angus Campbell sitting

Angus Campbell

The Angus Campbell Scholars Fund was established by his family and the Survey Research Center to honor him and to further the wide array of research that characterized his distinguished career. Campbell was the first director of the Survey Research Center, and subsequently, director of Institute for Social Research. In addition to his leadership role over many years, he conducted research on voting and political behavior, social change and quality of life including its meaning and determinants.

For more information about Angus Campbell, read this Biographical Memoir written shortly after his death. For more information about his research on quality of life, refer to pages 50 and 51 therein.

Campbell’s seminal work with colleagues Philip Converse and Willard Rodgers, The Quality of American Life: Perceptions, Evaluations, and Satisfactions was published in 1976 by the Russell Sage Foundation. This was followed by The Sense of Well Being in America: Recent Patterns and Trends, which was published shortly before Campbell’s death in 1981.

Form and Scope of Award

The Campbell Scholars Fund will provide an annual $8,000 grant to graduate student from the University of Michigan doing research about quality of life or psychological well-being. The Campbell Award may be spent in the following ways.

  • Salary and/or living expenses
  • Travel related to data collection or academic collaboration
  • Acquiring datasets
  • Hiring an assistant

Awards are intended for use within one year, but may be extended upon request for an additional six months.


Applicants must be graduate students at the University of Michigan.

Application Procedures

Application should include a three-page with description of the proposed activity with:

  • The title of your project
  • A justification for how the project meets the goals of the Fund and is inspired by Angus Campbell’s work
  • Sufficient detail about hypotheses and design (references are not included in the page limit)
  • Statement of deliverables (e.g. dissertation chapter, conference paper, etc.)

Your application packet should also include:

  • One-page budget with a description of the proposed uses for the money and how these uses will assist in meeting the project’s goals
  • A letter of recommendation from your advisor
  • An up-to-date U-M transcript
  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae

Applications are accepted in electronic format. Submit your application in as few files as possible in Portable Document Format (pdf), and named with the applicant’s last name (e.g., Smith-Campbell App.pdf). Applications and questions about the award should be sent to Jennifer Puckett ( Note, letters of recommendation may be sent directly by the writer in either electronic or hard copy format.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submission is the last Friday in February at 4:00. Final decisions will be made by March 31st, and funds will be available as early as May 1st.

Campbell Scholars

Kirill Zhirkov, 2017, U-M Department of Political Science