IPUMS Research Awards


We are pleased to announce the 9th annual competition for the best research papers using the IPUMS microdata collection. Papers or publications submitted should utilize IPUMS-USA, IPUMS-CPS, IPUMS-International, NAPP, or IHIS to study social, economic, and/or demographic processes. We are looking particularly for papers that use innovative approaches, comparative analyses, interesting variables, or multiple IPUMS datasets.

Cash prizes will be awarded in two categories:

  • Best published work
  • Best work by a graduate student (published or unpublished)

The deadline for submitting papers or publications is Monday, February 13, 2017. To nominate a paper for an award (self-nominations are welcome), please e-mail a PDF of the paper to mpc@umn.edu with the subject line “IPUMS Research Award Submission.” In order to be considered for a cash prize, all emails must contain the following information: 

  • Corresponding Author's Name
  • Corresponding Author's E-mail Address
  • Corresponding Author's Institution
  • Full Title, or Citation if published
  • The IPUMS dataset(s) used for the research
  • Is the corresponding author a graduate student?
  • If not a student, what year paper published (and if online or print)
  • Where is IPUMS mentioned/cited in the paper? Note: Please do not submit if IPUMS is not cited
  • Your Name (If not the author)


Note: If sending a book, please address to:

Attn.: Rachel Magennis

Minneapolis Population Center

225 19th Ave S.

50 Willey Hall

Minneapolis, MN 55455

You can find a list of our previous IPUMS Research Award winners for reference.