Giving Opportunities

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ISR has established a number of funds honoring notable researchers to support the Next Generation of social scientists. We are currently most interested in seeking contributions to the funds listed below:

  • The Eleanor Singer Junior Faculty Support Fund
    Established to honor Eleanor Singer and her commitment to mentoring junior faculty. The Fund hopes to help SRC junior faculty to succeed as research entrepreneurs. Monies will be used to fund pilot studies, supplement already funded studies or preliminary investigations to strengthen a proposal that has already been scored, but not funded.
  • Henry “Hank” Heitowit Scholars Fund
    Established to honor Hank’s several decades of devoted service to the ICPSR Summer Program and its participants. The Fund will provide a scholarship for a returning participant in the ICPSR Summer Program for a 4-week session.
  • The Hanes Walton, Jr. Endowment for Graduate Study in Racial and Ethnic Politics
    Established to honor Hanes Walton, Jr., an intellectual trailblazer, credited with codifying black politics within the field of political science.
  • James S. Jackson Emerging Scholars Fund
    Established to honor former ISR Director and RCGD Researcher James S. Jackson, the Fund will extend the mentoring efforts of the Program for Research on Black Americans by providing support for up-and-coming research scientists at U-M.
  • Elizabeth “Libby” Douvan Junior Scholars Fund in Life Course Development
    Established to honor Libby Douvan, who dedicated her life to breaking boundaries, studying the evolving roles of women and fostering success among those most in need of support and encouragement.
Libby Douvan

ISR psychologists Steve Withey and Elizabeth “Libby” Douvan (center) with two girl scouts. In 1956 Douvan directed a study for the Girl Scouts of America, whose results provided some of the earliest baseline data for describing the adolescent population of the United States.

We also welcome contributions to the following funds, all named in honor of distinguished research scientists whose lives and work exemplify values central to the Institute:

  • Charles Cannell Fund in Survey Methodology
    Established by students, colleagues and friends of Charlie Cannell to honor him as a mentor and to foster research and training on the interviewer-respondent interaction and its effects on the validity and quality of survey data.
  • The Philip Converse and Warren Miller Fellowship Fund in American Political Behavior Established to honor Philip Converse and Warren Miller’s distinguished contributions to the study of American politics, public opinion, and voting behavior, as well as the study of the concept of representation.
  • A. Regula Herzog Young Investigators Fund
    Established in honor of Regula Herzog to support the research and training of junior researchers, especially women and those studying older populations.
  • F. Thomas Juster Economics Behavior Award Fund
    Established to honor the work and spirit of Tom Juster, a man of faith who expressed his deepest values through his work, and who had a gift for conducting research that was not only relevant to public policy but also illuminated the realities of everyday life.
  • Robert Kahn Fellowship for the Scientific Study of Social Issues
    Established to honor Robert Kahn, whose research on organizational effectiveness and successful aging continues to generate new insights, and whose lifelong commitment to applying social science to solve major social problems has been a model for many.
  • Daniel Katz Dissertation Fellowship in Psychology
    Established to honor Daniel Katz, who conducted groundbreaking work in organizational studies and helped to establish the highly ranked doctoral program in social psychology at Michigan.
  • Warren Miller Scholars Fund
    Established to honor Warren Miller, one of America’s foremost authorities on electoral politics and voting behavior and the founding director of the ISR Inter-university Consortium of Political and Social Research (ICPSR).
  • Kenneth Organski Scholars Fund Established to honor Ken Organski, a distinguished scholar and legendary teacher best known for his theoretical and empirical work on political capacity and demographic and power transitions.
  • Roy Pierce Scholars Fund
    Established to honor Roy Pierce, a leading scholar of French politics and a creative practitioner of genuinely comparative research.
  • Robert B. Zajonc Scholars Fund Established to honor Robert B. Zajonc, who conducted groundbreaking research on the complexities of social life, and who believed in helping young researchers investigate social problems in innovative ways.

Additional Giving Opportunities

ISR and its Centers and programs also offer a variety of other giving opportunities:

  • The Staples Staff Development Fund This unique fund supports the education and training of staff at ISR by providing small financial awards to ISR employees who are pursuing an undergraduate or master’s degree to cover the out-of-pocket expenses of the student-employee.
  • Center for Political Studies Your gift will enhance the intellectual life and contributions of the Center and help secure the University of Michigan’s position as a leader in the theoretical and empirical study of politics.
  • ISR Director’s Unrestricted Fund This fund provides seed money for faculty research projects and travel money for outstanding graduate students.
  • Next Generation Fund This fund supports graduate and postdoctoral students and early career faculty who are working with ISR researchers to carry out innovative research in the social sciences.
  • Population Studies Center Private gifts are a true investment in the research and training conducted at the ISR Population Studies Center. They are used to support graduate students, young faculty, and international scholars, and to seed small research projects.
  • Program in Survey Methodology Gifts help the Program to provide the resources needed to attract and retain the finest students, to provide them with varied and challenging training opportunities, to maintain and enhance teaching facilities, and to support innovative research.