Marans/Chen Fellowship Application Process

Applying for the Robert and Judy Marans/Kan and Lillian Chen Fellowship in Sustainability and Survey Methodology

Application Requirements: Applications, which are due in early March before beginning the program the subsequent summer, include the following components:

  • Statement of research agenda, with focus on role of survey methods and quantitative social sciences, plays in developing it
  • Description of how the skills acquired through the Certificate Program will advance research agenda in the short and long-term
  • Letter of support from academic advisor
  • Up-to-date transcript

Applications are accepted in both electronic and hard copy format. Send electronic applications to Jennifer Puckett at in PDF (portable document format). Hard copy applications should be sent to or dropped off at 6065 ISR (Campus Mail 1248). Letters of recommendation may be sent directly by the recommender electronically. 

Selection Process: The Fellow are selected by a committee comprising representatives from the Graham Institute and the ISR Program in Survey Methodology. Once the winner has been selected, he/she must apply for admittance to the Certificate Program.

Background: Robert Marans was a professor of architecture and urban planning in U-M's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and continues to conduct research at the Institute for Social Research. Prior to his retirement, Kan Chen was a professor of electrical engineering in U-M's College of Engineering and computer science and is known for his efforts to apply systems engineering principles to social problems. Both Chen and Marans served consecutively, as directors of the University-wide interdisciplinary doctoral program in urban, technological and environmental planning between 1980 and 1992.

More information: Please contact Patrick Shields, ISR Director of Development and External Relations at or (734) 764-8369. Also, for those interested, please revisit this webpage during the next application cycle (to be announced).