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To: Members of the ANES Research Community
From: Nancy Burns and Donald R. Kinder
Re: NES Announcements: ANES Fellows Competition, new Cumulative File, and CD-ROM note
Date: October 21, 2003

Dear ANES User Community,

We want to pass along three items that you may find of interest.

1. We are pleased to announce the ANES Fellows Competition for the 2004-2005 academic year. The full announcement and information on how to apply are located at the bottom of this email. We encourage you to forward this information to those you think may be interested in applying.

2. Since we last e-mailed you, the ANES Staff has completed a number of new projects, all of which are publicly available at no cost on the ANES website. Data from the ANES 2002 study were added to the ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior ( The ANES Cumulative Data File now includes ANES 2002 data as well. The staff have also created a comprehensive list of NES questions asked over time; this information has been organized on the website into searchable HTML files, by decade (

3. It has been some time since the study produced a CD-ROM containing NES data. The last time was a joint effort between ANES and ICPSR - a CD-ROM that contained data for ANES studies from 1948 through 1997. We wanted to let you know that we have received a number of reports that the software ("NES STAT") on the CD does not perform as intended on computers using the Windows XP operating system. We do not have a solution for the incompatibility at this time. Beyond the incompatibility of the software, you should know that we have produced many updates to the datasets on the CD-ROM since, and so we recommend that users transition from using the CD-ROM to downloading datasets from the ANES website ( We have invested significant effort in making files available on the ANES website as easy as possible to load into SAS and SPSS, and more recently into STATA and other software packages as well. We are also investigating installing web-based, interactive software on the ANES website that will allow users accustomed to using the CD-ROM, and others, to perform many of the same functions online.

If you have any questions on these or other ANES matters, we encourage you to e-mail us at

Best regards,
Nancy Burns and Don Kinder
Principal Investigators
National Election Studies (NES)

Announcement of ANES Fellows Competition

The Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, in cooperation with the American National Election Studies, seeks to appoint up to three pre-doctoral National Election Studies Fellows for the 2004-2005 academic year. We are interested in scholars who will take advantage of Michigan's tradition of creative interdisciplinary work and its strength across the social sciences. We are especially interested in applications from scholars whose research combines institutional analysis with the analysis of individual judgment, choice, and behavior.

ANES Fellows will use the year to finish their dissertations in residence at the Center. Fellows will also be involved in the National Election Studies. While ANES Fellows will devote most of their time to their dissertation work, during their tenure, each of the Fellows will be involved in one special project featuring ANES data. Fellows will participate in the ANES Workshop on Behavior and Institutions and may contribute to the intellectual life of the Center and the Institute by participating in the range of other activities there (for example, the Seminar on Political Economy, the Seminar on Group Dynamics, the Seminar on Complex Systems, the Seminar on Race and American Political Development, the Seminar on Party Politics). Fellows will receive a $30,000 stipend, health insurance, and a $5,000 research fund. Fellows may receive up to $10,000 in tuition support.

Applicants should submit a c.v., two letters of recommendation, a transcript, a cover letter sketching their plans for the year, a statement of their tuition needs for the year, and a copy of their dissertation prospectus to Nancy Burns and Donald Kinder, National Election Studies Fellows Program, 4246 ISR, 426 Thompson Street, P.O. Box 1248, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48106-1248. We will begin reviewing applications on November 15, 2003, and continue until positions are filled. The University of Michigan is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.