To encourage research on energy economics, the NBER, with the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is sponsoring a dissertation fellowship for a doctoral student in economics. The fellowship will be awarded for a one-year period by a selection panel chaired by Meredith Fowlie (University of California – Berkeley) and Ryan Kellogg (University of Chicago). The panel will assess each applicant’s potential to contribute to important questions in energy economics.

The fellowship recipient will be expected to pursue academic research that is primarily related to energy economics, with an emphasis on issues that are relevant to energy markets and policy in the United States. Areas of inquiry may include, but are not limited to, energy market design, innovation and productivity in energy markets, the economics of the fracking boom, energy transmission and distribution, infrastructure investment, the effects of environmental and other regulatory policies on both the supply of and demand for energy, energy efficiency, and the economics of renewable energy. Students working in a range of fields including industrial economics, international trade, public economics, and innovation economics are encouraged to apply.

The fellowship, for the academic year 2021-2022, will provide a stipend of $36,000, $3,500 for research support such as travel expenses, and will cover the fellow’s academic year tuition at his or her home institution, up to a limit of $13,000.  The fellow may choose a reduced stipend to fund a larger research budget.  The award will be announced in January 2021. The fellow will be expected to participate in the NBER Summer Institute workshop on Energy and Environmental Economics in July 2021.  The fellow will be expected, to the extent possible, to make data collected for his or her research publicly available.

To be eligible for fellowship support, an applicant must be enrolled as a full-time Ph.D. student at a U.S. or Canadian college or university, must have advanced to dissertation candidacy status by the start of the fellowship period, and must not expect to complete the dissertation in 2022. NBER strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Applicants should upload a short research proposal consisting of no more than three pages of text and one supplemental page of tables or graphs, and a c.v., to

The proposal should specify deliverables, such as expected research papers that will be finished at the end of the fellowship year. In addition, applicants should ask their dissertation supervisor to upload a letter of recommendation to the same website. All components of the application must be received by 11:59 pm (EST) on Thursday, December 10, 2020. Applicants are responsible for verifying that their letter of recommendation has been sent by the deadline. In fairness to all applicants, applications that are not complete, including the letter of recommendation, on December 10 will not be considered for support.

By May 1, 2022, the fellow must provide the selection committee with a copy of at least one research paper on the economics of energy that was completed during the fellowship period.