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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:

We are currently running a limited application call for positions with Professor Matthew Gentzkow. We anticipate opening applications for our 2019-20 fellowships with other faculty in December 2018. Applying to the current call will not preclude you from applying for future positions. If you would like to be notified when those positions open, please fill out our interest form.

Predoctoral Research Fellowship with the Gentzkow-Shapiro Lab

Professors Matthew Gentzkow (Stanford University) and Jesse Shapiro (Brown University)

Professors Gentzkow and Shapiro are looking for highly skilled and motivated individuals to work as full-time research assistants for a period of at least one year. This position is based at SIEPR at Stanford University. They hire on an ongoing basis and the starting date is negotiable. The job will entail close collaboration on a number of new and ongoing projects in applied microeconomics. They structure the work to provide the experience and skills needed for success in graduate school. Further details and application information is available on their call.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • When should we expect to hear about our admissions decision? We will make every effort to notify all candidates by April 30, 2019.
  • What is the start date? Start dates are somewhat negotiable but must be no earlier than June 1, 2019 and no later than September 15, 2019.
  • 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.
  • What can I do to make my application more competitive for the Predoc Fellowship? Our faculty look for strong academic records (GPA, high grades in quantitative courses), experience with Stata, R, or Python, and clear writing skills. Double check your application material for completeness and make sure there are no typos or mistakes in your cover letter, resume, or writing sample, as our faculty also value attention to detail. 
  • Is it an advantage to have a masters degree when applying for the fellowship? It is not required to have a masters degree for admission to the predoctoral research fellows program. Approximately 1/3 of our fellows complete a masters degree prior to entry into the program. A strong masters transcript may be helpful if you believe your undergraduate coursework does not adequately reflect your abilities in quantitative courses, but is not guaranteed to give you an edge above other applicants.

For further questions, please email