NBER Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program 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

Fellows receive a one-year stipend of $65,000 as well as office space, use of the Bureau's computer facilities, and a small budget for research expenses.

Applications are being accepted for 2017-2018. Applicants must
•  have completed a PhD before they begin the program or have a tenure track faculty appointment at a North American college or university, and
•  address a topic directly relevant to disability policy

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

NOTE: NBER is not able to sponsor a visa for this fellowship.

How to Apply
Candidates must submit a short research proposal – no more than three pages of text, two pages of supplemental tables and graphs, plus references – along with a current cv, as well as a recommendation letter, sent directly to Professor David Autor at autor @ nber.org on or before the deadline.

Further information about our overall research goals may be found at www.nber.org/aging/DRC


  • 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