The Center for Families offers internships and research grants to students that allows them to engage in a program of scholarly activity of their own design, related to the focus of the grant. Student work must be supervised by a faculty member. Students may apply for more than one opportunity. Preference is given to those who have not been selected to receive other CFF funding and students who are advised by CFF faculty partners.

How to Apply. Questions? Contact the Center for Families at

Family Research Grant ($1,000)

This grant is for students who will generate important new information about families.

This grant is available thanks to the Robert O. And Zelma C. Swaim Memorial Fund.

Interdisciplinary Research Grant ($500)

The Interdisciplinary Research Grant is for students who have chosen a field of study that combines one or more academic disciplines with the study of the families. The work must be supervised by two faculty members in two different departments. Note: At least two supervising faculty members must provide letters of support to applicants.

This grant is possible due to the generosity of Dr. Travis Dorsch and Dr. Breanna Studenka.

Justice Family Nutrition Grant ($1,000)

This grant is for students pursuing research on the quality of life for children and families, focusing on nutrition, and specifically diet or public policy.

This grant is available thanks the Catherine L. Justice Trust. Catherine L. Justice, former Associate Professor in the Department of Food and Nutrition and Founder of the National Center for Nutrition and Dietetics, touched the lives of many dietitians in Indiana and throughout the U.S. as well.

Levien Family Policy Scholarship and Internship ($1000 + Graduate – 59000 Credit)

Interns assist with planning and conducting research for the Indiana Family Impact Seminar and the Family Impact Institute. The seminar, which takes place annually in November, educates state legislators about the implications of policy issues for families.

Along with this internship, recipients will receive the Levien Scholarship, which was created to support students committed to fostering family values and bettering families.

Students must be in at least their second year of study to apply. Interns must register for 3-4 credits, with a minimum of 2 credits to be taken in the fall.

This scholarship is possible due to the generosity of Betty Levien Krejci.

The McAllister Fellowship (not offered every year)

Given every three to five years, the McAllister fellow will collaborate with their advisor on research related to the quality of life for children and families. It is anticipated that the fellowship recipient will publish at least one working paper within the Center for Families. The fellowship is a 12-month, half-time position, carrying a stipend commensurate with Purdue University Graduate School Fellowships. Unlike some fellowships, the McAllister is not administered as an assistantship and carries no duties other than completion of the work described in student’s application. Applicants must have a master’s degree, have completed their PhD qualifying exam, and be a U.S. citizen.

Research with Families Internship (Graduate and Undergraduate – 59000 & 39000 credit)

Students who are interested in hands-on experience conducting research with families and/or children are invited to apply for a research internship with CFF. Several large projects affiliated with the center are in the process of gathering, entering, and analyzing a variety of types of data. It may be possible for student interns to access data from these projects for honors projects, theses, or dissertations. These internships are available in any semester.

If you have research you’re interested in doing with the Center for Families, email to inquire about the possibility of a Research with Families Internship.