The Elizabeth Douvan Junior Scholar Fund in Life Course Development was established by the students, colleagues, and friends of Libby Douvan to honor her life and work by encouraging research agendas in Life Course Development and supporting junior researchers in the departments where Libby spend most of her intellectual life. The Fund was designed to give a helping hand to senior graduate students, post-doctoral candidates, and junior faculty members with research agendas in Life Course Development and affiliation with the Department of Psychology, the Women’s Studies Program, or the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Scholars at this point in their careers are often at their most creative and productive and most fragile. Libby is fondly remembered for her skill and caring in assisting researchers through this stage of their careers.
Elizabeth “Libby” Douvan joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1950 as a lecturer, just prior to receiving her doctorate in Social Psychology from the University. During her career with the University, she contributed to the founding of the Women’s Studies Program and was a pioneer in the Institute for Social Research Survey Research Center and the first female member of our research faculty. She was well known for her scholarship in such topics as family roles and mental health, the changing American family, female development, the roles and status of women, modes of conflict resolution, adolescent development, and the psychological functions of high school and college experiences. In the early 1950s, she and Joe Veroff founded the Family and Sex Roles Program. The ISR program is now called Life Course Development, and is directed by Libby’s post-doctoral student, the Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor of Psychology, Toni Antonucci.
The goal of the Fund is to support the research and training activities of junior researchers in the Life Course Development Program at the Institute for Social Research.
Junior researchers, including Research Associates, Postdoctoral Fellows and Predoctoral Students are eligible. Also required are a research agenda in Life Course Development and an affiliation with the Department of Psychology, Women’s Studies, or the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
Form and Scope of Awards
The Douvan Award is $4,000, which may be spent in the following ways:
- Research Supplies & Services
- Conference Expenses, including travel
- Training Opportunities – workshops, etc.
- Travel to support research collaborations across institutions
- Memberships in professional organizations
- Summer courses offered by SRC and/or ICPSR (pre-doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows only)
Awards are intended for use within one year, but may be extended upon request for an additional six months.
Application Procedure and Deadlines
Applications must include:
- A brief (three-page) description of the proposed activities and their intellectual relationship to the Program in Life Course Development in the Survey Research Center.
- A detailed budget for the proposed activities and how these uses will assist in meeting the goals outlined in the prospectus.
- An up-to-date Curriculum Vita.
- Letter of support from a faculty member of the Department of Psychology or Women’s Studies, or a researcher in Life Course Development at the Institute for Social Research or the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
Applications are accepted in both electronic and hard copy format. Send electronic applications to Jennifer Puckett in pdf (portable document format). Hard copy applications should be sent to or dropped off at 6065 ISR (Campus Mail 1248). Note, letters of recommendation may be sent directly by the recommender in either electronic or hard copy format.
The deadline for submission is Friday, February 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm for the 2015 Award. The winner will be announced by March 31, 2015.
Douvan Award Recipients
Ishtar Govia, 2014 – Postdoctoral Scholar in the Program for Research on Black Americans, ISR
Wylie Wan, 2014 – Postdoctoral Scholar in the Life Course Development Program, ISR
Johnny Berona, 2013 – Graduate Student in Psychology, University of Michigan
Natalie Sabik, 2012 – Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology, Brandeis University
Nicky Newton, 2011 – Assistant Professor of Psychology, Youngstown State University
Rona Carter, 2010 – Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan