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NBER’s Fellowship Program in Retirement and Disability Policy, supported by the Social Security Administration and NBER enables outstanding early-career economists to visit NBER’s Cambridge office for a year of intensive research aimed at the health, labor, behavioral, and other economic or policy aspects of retirement and disability. Learn more about the program

Applications from researchers just completing their PhDs, and from junior faculty members who may combine this fellowship with an early-career leave, are welcome. Fellows will be selected based on reviewers’ assessment of the strength of their proposed research and potential to make an important policy-relevant contribution to our understanding of retirement and/or disability.

Applications are being accepted for the 2023-2024 academic year. The fellowship offers a 12-month stipend of $80,000 plus reimbursement for health insurance, limited research expenses, and an office at the NBER’s Cambridge headquarters. The fellowship stipend provides federal funding for 100% effort during the year, and fellows are expected to spend the academic year at the NBER. A working paper on the funded topic is due by September 2024.

Applicants must have completed their PhD before they begin the program. NBER strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans. NBER may be able to sponsor the fellowship recipient for a J-1 visa under its research scholars program.

Deadline:  December 8, 2022

Application Materials Required:

  • CV
  • Job Market Paper
  • Recommendation Letter(s)
  • Research Proposal - on your planned fellowship research (up to 3 pages of text, 2 pages of tables/graphs, 1 page of references). 

To Apply:

Please visit Jobs for Economists to upload application materials for this position: