Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program on Energy Economics

To encourage research on energy economics, the NBER, with the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is sponsoring three dissertation fellowships for doctoral students in economics. Each fellowship will be awarded for a one-year period, with renewal for a second year conditional upon satisfactory research progress. Fellowships will be awarded based on the recommendations of 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 make an important contribution to important questions in energy economics.

Fellowship recipients are 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.

Three fellowships will be awarded for the academic year 2020-2021. Each fellowship will provide a stipend of $36,000, will include $3,500 for research support such as travel expenses, and will cover the fellow’s tuition at his or her home institution, up to a limit of $13,000 for the academic year. Fellows may choose to reduce their stipend to fund a larger data purchase or other research support. Awards will be announced in January 2020. Each fellowship will be renewable for the 2021-2022 academic year, subject to satisfactory progress as judged by the selection committee. Fellows will be expected to attend and participate in the NBER Summer Institute workshop on Energy and Environmental Economics, which is held in Cambridge, Massachusetts in late July. Fellows will be expected, to the extent possible, to make data collected for their 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 2021. NBER strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, people 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 Monday, December 9, 2019. Applicants are responsible for verifying that their letter of recommendation has been sent by the deadline. In fairness to all applicants, the submission deadline is strictly enforced. Applications that are not complete, including the letter of recommendation, on December 9 will not be considered for support.

By May 1, 2021, fellows 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.
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