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 $22,920 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 2015-2016. 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 advisor.
Note: NBER is not able to sponsor a visa for this fellowship.

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, and a recommendation from their dissertation advisor, sent directly to Professor David Wise at dwise at nber.org.

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


April 30, 2015.     Application

How to Apply

Submit an application form and email your CV and Research Summary

Fellowship awards are contingent on continued funding from the Social Security Administration.

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.


  • 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

         Deadline: April 30, 2015