The African Studies Center (ASC) has partnered with U-M’s Institute for Social Research (ISR) to offer a limited number of full scholarships to attend this year’s Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research that the Consortium for Political and Social Research  (ICPSR) has been offering on the U-M campus since 1963. This internationally renowned summer school, which typically draws hundreds of students and faculty from across the US and abroad, has moved all course offerings to a virtual format because of the global pandemic. The ASC-ISR partnership takes advantage of the unique opportunity created by shifting to on-line instruction for this year.

Through the ASC/ISR fellowships, up to 12 University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) alumni, incoming UMAPS scholars, and (space permitting) other Africa-based scholars directly affiliated with ASC, and particularly its African Social Research Initiative (ASRI), will be able to attend the Summer Program free of charge. ICPSR is offering a generous 50% reduction on the course fee for all other researchers based at African institutions. 

Mike Traugott, Director of the Summer Program, adds, “Moving to online instruction has given us the opportunity to extend our programming in quantitative methods to researchers from around the world who otherwise might not have been able to afford traveling to and staying in Ann Arbor for a month in order to enroll. We reduced our fees in acknowledgment of COVID-19 and going online, and we are pleased to pass on a further discount to those from Africa who are interested in this year’s Summer Program.” 

Practical information about the 2020 ICPSR Summer School

he 2020 ICPSR Summer Program is held in two sessions, June 22--uly 17 and July 20-August 14. Each session offers as many 25-30 different courses/workshops (see schedules for Session 1 and Session 2). Candidates for the ASC/ISR awards may apply for either session.

This year’s Program uses a variety of tools and services to provide online instruction for the summer, including a program called Canvas for administering enrollment, providing access to readings, organizing and grading assignments, and collecting evaluations. 

Participants will be provided a Uniqname for the Michigan computing system so that they can access the Canvas website for their course. Registered participants will receive a link to their course(s) in Canvas, where they are able to view course materials, readings, and other information. More information about how to use Canvas will be sent to participants in the days before their course begins. 

Lectures will be done through Zoom, as it integrates very well with Canvas. Lectures will be recorded and posted to each course's Canvas site, where they will be available for viewing up until 11:59 PM two days (48 hours) after the course closes. Recording these lectures is important for a number of reasons, the most important of which is to support our many participants from around the world. We don't want anyone to have to sit through a lecture at 2:00 AM.

Application and review process

In order to be considered for the ASC/ISR award, you will need to send (i) a 1-page description of how you would benefit from the courses offered as part of the 2020 ICPSR summer program, and (ii) a copy of your CV, showing your time as a UMAPS scholar, and/or your acceptance into the 2020/21 UMAPS cohort, and/or any other professional connections to U-M. Please send these documents, clearly labeled with your last name, to asc-contact@umich.edu, no later than June 10, 2020, for participation in either the first or the second session. 

ASC will review applications for eligibility and make recommendations to the ICPSR team, who will take these recommendations into consideration to select the 12 candidates who will be able to participate free of charge. Decisions will be made by June 14. Upon notification of your acceptance in the program, you will be asked to register following the instructions that will be provided at that time.