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SIEPR Predoctoral Research Fellowship Opportunities

The SIEPR/Economics Predoctoral Research Fellowship program is a full-time, one- to two-year post baccalaureate program designed to prepare individuals wishing to gain valuable training and experience toward a career in academic research in economics or public policy. Fellows will be expected to fully engage in the intellectual life at Stanford University. They dedicate a significant portion of their time to an empirical research project and can take graduate-level courses at Stanford University for credit (up to one course per quarter). The fellowship offers tuition, health insurance, and a living stipend ($48,000 in 2017-2018). 

We seek highly skilled and motivated individuals to join our full-time Predoctoral Research Fellows position for a period of at least one year. The positions are based at the Institute for Economic Policy Research at Stanford University. Fellows start in June or July, although a September start date may be negotiable. International applicants are welcome to apply.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Completed a 4-year undergraduate degree (bachelors or foreign equivalent) in economics, statistics, applied mathematics, or a related field;
  • A strong quantitative background and interest in learning cutting-edge research methods;
  • Creative and independent problem solving skills;
  • Experience programming in Stata and R, and may have experience with GIS, Matlab, and other statistical packages; and
  • An interest in pursuing a PhD in Economics or a related field.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions before contacting SIEPR about this position.

Stanford Faculty interested in mentoring students through the program should consult our Information for Faculty.

Open Positions:

Applications for the 2018-19 year are closed. We anticipate opening applications for our 2019-20 fellowships in December 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • When should we expect to hear about our admissions decision? We make every effort to notify all candidates by April 30, 2018.
  • What is the start date? Start dates are somewhat negotiable but must be no earlier than June 1, 2018 and no later than September 15, 2018.
  • Do you accept international applicants? Yes, we accept international applicants. International applicants will be sponsored on a J-1 visa. Students eligible for OPT are encouraged to use that during the fellowship.
  • Do we need to provide test scores for the program (GRE/GMAT/TOEFL)? No, we do not require test scores.
  • I am not an Economics major. Can I still apply? Yes, we consider non-economics majors for these positions. However, applicants should have strong statistics backgrounds and an expressed interest in economics.
  • Do you accept application material by email? No, we are unable to review applications received by email. All application material should be submitted via the application portal.
  • My advisor would like to submit a recommendation letter. How do I do that? We do not accept unsolicited recommendation letters on behalf of candidates. They will not be read. If candidates are selected for interviews, we will request references and contact those references directly. 
  • You provide the option of including a writing sample. What should I include? The Writing Sample is optional but encouraged. It should be no more than five pages in length and should demonstrate your academic writing skills. The paper must be in English. An excerpt of an undergraduate thesis or term paper, or an excerpt of a masters dissertation (including abstract) are acceptable examples.

For further questions, please email