From its earliest days, the Population Council has recognized the importance and value of training population scientists from developing countries. Since 1952, the Council’s social science fellowship program has sustained a commitment to this goal; approximately 1,500 fellowships have been awarded for pre- and postdoctoral training in population studies. While the demand for population scientists remains strong, the field has changed substantially since those early years and a review of the program was needed. The Mellon Foundation funded a project in 2000 to assess future needs for training and support of population scientists from developing countries and assembled an international panel of experts. The panel’s mandate was to conduct a detailed examination of the current situation with respect to recruitment, training, funding, and employment of population scientists. On the basis of this assessment, the panel sought to identify gaps and make recommendations. The results of the panel’s work are contained in a detailed report. The main conclusions and recommendations of that report are summarized in the present document.
"Training and support of developing-country population scientists: A panel report—Summary and recommendations." New York: Population Council, 2002.