F. Thomas Juster Economic Behavior Research Award Fund


Michael Gelman

Michael Gelman, 2014 & 2016 Juster Award Winner. Photo by Eva Menezes.

The F. Thomas Juster Economic and Behavior Research Award Fund was established shortly after Tom’s death by his family, friends and colleagues to honor him and to further the wide array of research that characterized his distinguished career.

The Juster Fund provides small research awards to emerging scholars in the social sciences conducting empirically grounded economic research using the Health and Retirement Study, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the Surveys of Consumers, or Time Use Study.

F. Thomas Juster

F. Thomas Juster

Inspired by the work and spirit of Tom Juster, especially relating to issues of social justice and his belief that society will have better policy and science if newer researchers are directly connected to empirical research and innovative modeling of economic and social behavior, the Fund has a special emphasis on supporting research directed at understudied topics and the measurement of economic behavior. Click here for more information about Tom’s research (selected bibliography, PDF 94K).

The competition is open to scholars associated with the University of Michigan.

This Fund will connect emerging scholars with the Institute for Social Research and the Survey Research Center‘s deep and rich history in the study of economic and social behavior.


The Juster Research Award Fund will provide a $5,000 grant to one senior graduate student from the University of Michigan annually.

Form and Scope of Award

The Juster Award may be spent in the following ways:

  • Travel (related to data collection or academic collaborations)
  • Acquiring datasets
  • Hiring an assistant
  • Salary

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


Applicants must be admitted to Ph.D. candidacy at the University of Michigan.

Application Procedures

Application should use 12 point font and 1.5 spacing. Applications should include:

  • A cover page with the following information: applicant information, project goal, proposed activities, and expected products and outcomes. Click here for format (PDF).

A three-page with description of the proposed activity with:

  • A justification for how the project is inspired by Tom Juster’s work
    and meets the goals of the Fund
  • Sufficient detail about hypotheses and design
  • Statement of deliverables (e.g. dissertation chapter, conference paper, etc.)
  • One-page budget with a description of the proposed uses for the money and
    how these uses will assist in meeting the projects goals
  • A letter of recommendation from your advisor
  • An up-to-date U-M transcript
  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
Michael Gideon

Michael Gideon, 2012 Juster Award winner. Photo by Eva Menezes.

Applications are accepted in electronic format. Please 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-Juster App.pdf). Applications and questions about the award should be sent to Jennifer Puckett (jjblanch@umich.edu). Note, letters of recommendation may be sent directly by the writer in either electronic or hard copy format.

Application Deadlines

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.

Juster Award Recipients

Dhiren Patki, 2017 – Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan
Michael Gelman, 2016 – Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan
Minjoon Lee, 2015 – Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan
Michael Gelman, 2014 – Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan
Michael Gideon, 2012 – Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, University of Michigan