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NBER’s Fellowship Program in Retirement and Disability Policy Research, supported by the Social Security Administration and NBER (, offers pre-doctoral fellowships for independent research aimed at the health, labor, behavioral, and other economic or policy aspects of retirement and disability. Learn more about the program

Trainees work under the supervision of their dissertation advisor and will be selected based on reviewers’ assessment of the policy relevance of the proposed research and the potential to make an important contribution to understanding of retirement and/or disability.

Applications are being accepted for the 2023-2024 academic year. The fellowship offers a 12-month stipend of $26,352 and covers tuition at the fellow’s home institution (up to $16,000) plus health insurance and limited funds for research expenses and travel. A research paper or progress report on the funded topic must be submitted by the end of the fellowship year, and will be a critical component of renewal applications.

Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time PhD student at a North American college or university, address a topic directly relevant to retirement and/or disability, and be recommended by their dissertation supervisor. NBER is not able to sponsor a visa for this position.

NBER strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans.

Deadline:  December 8, 2022

Application Materials Required:

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

To Apply:

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