'17-'18 Claude & Mildred Pepper Dissertation Fellowship

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Dr. Justine Gunderson, Pepper Dissertation Fellow, with her advisor,
Dr. Anne Barrett at a reception for Florida State University graduates. 
Justine's dissertation is titled "Grandparenting Experiences: Variations
and Effects on Well-Being". Following graduation, Justine was hired as
a Government Operations Consultant at Florida Department of Health. 
**Closed, Reopens Spring 2018 

The Claude Pepper Center and Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy invite applications for the 2017-2018 Claude and Mildred Pepper Dissertation Fellowship. The award provides tuition and up to $25,000 to cover health insurance and a bi-weekly stipend for two semesters. The recipient must be enrolled full-time during the duration of the award (i.e., at least 9 hours in fall or spring; at least 6 hours in summer). Eligible applicants are doctoral candidates with plans to conduct dissertation research on a topic related to aging and public policy.

The fellowship recipient will provide a research presentation at the Pepper Center and, at the end of the award period, submit a report summarizing the work. Any publications and presentations resulting from this research should acknowledge the support provided by the Pepper Institute and Claude Pepper Center.

Applicants should submit the following materials:

  •   A description of the dissertation project and timetable (approximately 5 pages total)
  •  Cover letter that includes a statement of how the research contributes to our understanding of the social aspects of aging and their policy implications
  • C.V.
  • Nomination letter from major professor


Tim Chapin, Dean of FSU College of Social Sciences and Public Policy with Sen. Bob Graham, FSU President John Thrasher, and former first lady Adele Graham in the Claude Pepper museum (FSU Photo)

Director Anne Barrett provides an overview of the most recent research and its implications for the formation of public policy for an aging society.

This past year was a productive one at the Institute - full of stimulating intellectual exchanges, fruitful research projects, and enriching engagement with the community. Read all about it here!