J.C. Caldwell Research Grant


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The J.C. Caldwell Student Grant Scheme was established by the Australian Population Association (APA) in 1998 to encourage and support student research in the field of population. The Scheme is open to students enrolled at an Australian tertiary institution. It is envisaged that grants will mainly be applied to support students undertaking research by thesis at Honours, Masters or PhD level, but other student research projects will also be considered. Priority in funding will be given to projects that focus on some aspect of Australia’s population.

To apply for the J.C. Caldwell Student Grant Scheme, download and complete the grant application form. Send the completed from to secretary@apa.org.au.


Professor Jack Caldwell (1928 – 2016) was Head of the Department of Demography at the Australian National University (ANU), 1970–88, Associate Director of the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at ANU, 1988–93, and then an Emeritus Professor of Demography at ANU. Since the 1950s Professor Caldwell has published hundreds of articles and books on topics including demographic transition theory, wealth flows theory, HIV/AIDS in Africa, mortality in developing countries, family planning and fertility decline. An international survey of demographers in 2012 found that he was the most respected demographer of all time.