Sandell Grant Program for Junior Scholars in Retirement Research


The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College is soliciting proposals for the Steven H. Sandell Grant Program for Junior Scholars in Retirement Research. The program's purpose is to promote post-doctoral research on retirement issues by junior scholars in a wide variety of academic disciplines, including actuarial science, demography, economics, finance, gerontology, political science, public administration, public policy, sociology, social work, and statistics.

Grant awards will be up to $25,000 for each successful applicant. Funding for this program comes from the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). Successful applicants will be eligible to apply for access to restricted data sets and will present their results to SSA in Washington, DC. The deadline for proposals is January 31, 2000. Awards will be made in March and final projects are required to be completed by March 31, 2001.

If you have any questions about the Sandell Grant Program, please call Annika Sundén, the Center's Associate Director for Research at (617) 552-1459 or send her an e-mail at

About the Center for Retirement Research
The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, part of a consortium that includes a parallel center at the University of Michigan, was established through a 5-year $5.25 million grant from the Social Security Administration. The goals of the Center are to promote research on retirement issues, to transmit new findings to the policy community and the public, to help train new scholars, and to broaden access to valuable data sources. Through these initiatives, the Center hopes to forge a strong link between the academic and policy communities around an issue of critical importance to the nation's future.

Additional information about the Center is available on our web site at To join the Center's mailing list, please send an e-mail to or fill out an on-line form through our web site.

About Steven H. Sandell
Steven Sandell was a distinguished researcher, leader, and public servant. Dr. Sandell served as the first Director of the Social Security Administration's Division of Policy Evaluation. He built the division from the ground up, assembling a dynamic professional staff committed to policy evaluation. Under Dr. Sandell's leadership, SSA created innovative mechanisms to bring in the highest quality expertise from academia and the research community. Dr. Sandell spearheaded the creation of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College and its parallel center at the University of Michigan. It was his dream that the two centers would help produce a new generation of highly trained social scientists to shape the future direction of policy research. In addition to his successful efforts as a leader, Dr. Sandell made seminal contributions to the literature on labor force participation of older workers, modeling retirement policy options affecting all Americans, the economics of aging and labor economics. Steven Sandell passed away on April 26, 1999 after a heroic struggle with lymphoma. As a tribute to his scholarship, leadership and vision, the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College has dedicated its grant program for junior scholars to his memory.