How Do Researchers Become Affiliated Scholars?
NBER affiliates are selected through a rigorous and competitive process that begins with a call for nominations each February. Program directors, with the assistance of leading scholars in each field, review these nominations and recommend researchers for new affiliates. Affiliates who have tenure at their home institutions may be appointed as Research Associates; untenured scholars are appointed as Faculty Research Fellows. Roughly 80% of the NBER’s affiliated scholars are Research Associates.