NBER Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program in
Aging and Health Economics


NBER's pre-doctoral fellowship program, funded by the National Institute on Aging under the direction of Professor David Cutler and Professor Amy Finkelstein, gives trainees exposure to a wide range of NBER research projects related to the economics of aging and health. Participating fellows pursue independent research while benefiting from opportunities for regular interaction with the Bureau's large network of prominent investigators in this field. For information about research priorities for this fellowship please refer to https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-16-025.html

Fellows receive a 12-month stipend; carrel space and use of computer facilities at the Bureau's Cambridge office; tuition support; and limited funds for travel and research expenses


Applicants must be
•  US citizens, non-citizen nationals, or lawfully admitted to the US for permanent residence
•  Enrolled in a PhD program in the greater-Boston area

Note: We will consider applications from students enrolled in other PhD programs who are resident in the Boston area during the fellowship period.

NBER encourages applications from individuals from under-represented racial and ethnic groups; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Please refer to https://diversity.nih.gov/ for more information about NIH recruitment goals.

How to Apply

Candidates must submit a CV, the name of their academic reference, and a brief summary (no more than 500 words) of academic background and research interests.


  • Themes of NBER Research
    on Aging and Health

  • Work, Retirement, and Health
  • Health-Related Behaviors
  • Population Health
  • SES, Health and Aging
  • Living Arrangements
  • Family Caregiving and Health
  • Factors Affecting Health
  • Health, Wealth, and Longevity
  • Interventions to Improve Health
  • Health Decision-making
  • Disability and Technology
  • Access to Health Care
  • Health Disparities
  • Innovation and Health
  • Fellowship awards are contingent on continued funding from the National Institute on Aging.
  • The NBER is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
    We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.
  • The NBER will make reasonable accommodation for any disabled applicant, and will provide assistance to disabled applicants as needed during the application process.