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Apply to the SIEPR Predoctoral Research Fellows Program

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Diversity and Inclusivity

The SIEPR Predoctoral Research Fellows program is committed to creating inclusive research spaces for all. We are a proud participant of Pathways to Research and Doctoral Careers (PREDOC) whose goal is to help foster the growth of the next generation of researchers in economics and public policy.

Location, Compensation, and Benefits

These pre-doctoral research fellow positions are full-time and in-person with a significant portion of time dedicated to the research project. Fellows can also take one under-graduate or graduate-level course per quarter. Fellowship offers include tuition, health insurance, and a stipend.

Application Requirements

You will be asked to provide the following in your application:

  1. Cover Letter - Describe your interest in the program and specific faculty projects; whether you prefer a one or two-year appointment; your familiarity with programming languages (Stata, R, Python, Matlab, etc.); your prior experience as a research assistant and with independent research (e.g., a senior thesis); any other relevant information.
  2. CV - Include all relevant education, research experience, work experience, and skills.
  3. Undergraduate and (if applicable) Graduate Transcripts - You may submit an unofficial copy.
  4. Optional Writing Sample - A paper (or excerpt) that displays your writing and analytic skills and capacity to execute independent research.  A senior thesis, Master's thesis, or a term paper are all fine choices. Any length is acceptable.

Open Positions

Application Process

SIEPR staff or faculty will contact candidates who are advanced to the next round by email, and you may be asked to complete a coding task. Given the high volume of applications we receive, we are not able to provide application feedback or individual responses to all candidates.


For priority consideration, candidates should submit all application materials for SIEPR's common application by 5pm on Friday, October 20, 2023. Positions will remain open until filled. New positions may continue to be posted, and filled positions will be indicated on the website.

Faculty Matching

Applicants rank the projects they are most interested in during the application process. The faculty will select a specific candidate to mentor for 1-2 years.

Appointment Start Date

The program year begins in early July. If necessary, alternate start date may be considered and negotiated.


For further questions, please review our frequently asked questions or email