NBER Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in
Disability Policy Research


To encourage research that will deepen our understanding of the health and economic implications of disability and disability policy, the NBER Disability Research Center (DRC), with funding from the Social Security Administration (SSA) as part of its Disability Research Consortium, seeks applications from doctoral students in economics for one- or two-year fellowships.  more/less

Each fellowship will provide a 12-month stipend of $22,476, and will cover the fellow's tuition at his or her home institution, up to a limit of $12,000 per year plus health insurance, as well as limited funds for research expenses and travel. Fellowships are renewable for the following academic year, subject to satisfactory progress as judged by the selection committee.


Applications are being accepted for 2014-2015. Applicants must
- be enrolled as a full-time PhD student at a North American college or university,
- address a topic directly relevant to disability policy, and
- be recommended by their dissertation supervisor.

NBER encourages applications from individuals from under-represented racial and ethnic groups; individuals with disabilities; and/or individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

How to Apply

Candidates must submit a short research proposal - no more than three pages of text and two pages of supplemental tables and graphs – along with a current cv. Further information about our overall research goals may be found at www.nber.org/aging/drc

Recommendation letters should be sent directly to Professor David A. Wise at dwise@nber.org.

Deadline: April 30, 2014.     Application


  • Major Themes of NBER Research on Disability
  • Dimensions of Health & Disability
  • Disability Insurance Spending
  • Enrollment Trends
  • Incidence of Disability Claims
  • Children and SSI
  • Maintaining Employment
  • Workplace Reintegration
  • Financial Incentives in DI
  • DI Replacement Rates
  • Health, Education & Disability
  • DI Program Interactions
  • Program Design & Evaluation
  • International Comparisons
  • Disability and Technology
  • Administrative Issue