Pepper International Fellows Program

The Pepper International Fellows Program honors the legacy of Claude Pepper who swiftly and actively addressed the most challenging societal issues facing older adults throughout his career. In partnership with the Consortium on Analytics for Data-Driven Decision Making (CAnD3) program based at McGill University in Montreal, this innovative program trains PhD students in the social sciences to effectively address policy and other real world issues related to aging populations. The risks and challenges related to the global COVID-19 pandemic are among the program’s core priorities in training the inaugural 2020 cohort of students to translate rapid and sophisticated population and health analytics into national and international problem solving. Note that students do not need to currently have a focus in aging or health research or policy. 

CAnD3’s website can be found here:

The training incorporates state-of-the-art data science, knowledge mobilization, and experiential learning to ready graduates for competitive careers in public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors. The program spans 12 months for each student, incorporating online seminars and workshops led by dozens of faculty and community partners from around the world. Trainees are selected from international partnering institutions beyond FSU including McGill, Oxford University, Columbia University, and the Max Planck Institute, allowing exceptional students to work as a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and global team. Pepper Fellows are chosen through a two-phase competitive process in a college level and international partner review. Fellows complete an individual training project with a community partner mentor and/or faculty mentor over the course of the year in order to showcase and apply their training to the most urgent challenges and issues in their home countries and communities. Fellows are awarded $5,000 Canadian (currently $4000 USD) to support local internship or applied project costs.

2022-23 Application Requirements

All application material (5 items below) must be submitted by midnight Eastern Time Monday, April 18, 2022.

After submitting #1, the online application form, please email requirements #2-5 to cand3@mcgill.cawith "CAnD3 application" in the subject line

  1. Fill out the application form (Qualtrics)  
  2. A one-page statement of interest with explicit reference to your interests and/or to past experiences related to the main pillars of the CAnD3 training and the above profile matrix

  3. A short, recent Résumé or CV highlighting relevant previous experiences (work, research & volunteer experience), with the names and contact information of two references 

  4. Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (all)   

  5. Letter from academic supervisor (using this template) confirming approval of participation

2022-23 Key Application Dates 

Feb-Apr 2022 | Accepting applications 

May 2022 | Selected Fellows will be notified

May-Jun 2022 | Fellows will have a chance to 'Meet the partners' through a round-robin process

Jun-Aug 2022 | Fellows will complete upskilling requirements or recommendations 

Sep 2022-Jun 2023  | CAnD3 Training Program

Sep 2022-Aug 2023 | Internships with partners (remunerated) or Applied research project (non-remunerated). Duration & content are negotiable

Sep 2023 | Presentation of CAnD3 deliverable (e.g. ePortfolio)

For more information, EMAIL DR. MILES TAYLOR