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To promote diversity and inclusion in the community of economics researchers, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) is accepting applications for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship to support an early-career economist from a group that historically has been under-represented in the economics profession, or a researcher who is studying diversity issues within that profession.  The fellow will be able to conduct intensive research in any field of applied economics.  Applications from researchers who are just completing their PhDs, as well as from junior faculty members who may be able to combine this fellowship with an early career leave, are welcome. 

The fellowship consists of an $87,500 stipend for the 2022-23 academic year, a reimbursement for health insurance, and office space and IT support at the NBER’s Cambridge headquarters.  The fellow is expected to spend the academic year at the NBER, and to participate in program meetings related to his or her research focus.  Fellowship related activities are expected to represent the fellow’s primary responsibility during the year.  Applicants must have completed their PhD by June, 2022 and be US citizens or lawfully admitted for permanent residence.  Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a recommendation letter (preferable from a dissertation supervisor), and a proposal of no more than 3 pages of text, 2 pages of tables/graphs and 1 page of references, outlining work to be conducted during the fellowship year, by 11.59pm EST December 9, 2021.   A sample research paper, preferably related to the research topic of the proposal, may also be included.  Application materials can be submitted at

A selection committee consisting of NBER Research Associates Lisa Cook (Michigan State University), Rucker Johnson (University of California – Berkeley), and Juan Carlos Suarez Serrato (Duke University), will join NBER President James Poterba (MIT) in reviewing fellowship applications.  Applications will be evaluated on the quality of their research plan and the promise and research experience of the applicant.  The fellowship recipient will be notified in January, 2022.  

Selection Committee:

Lisa Cook Profile

is a Professor of Economics and International Relations at Michigan State University.  Her research focuses on innovation, economic growth and history, and financial institutions and markets.

Rucker Johnson Profile

is the Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is a labor economist whose research focuses on the economics of education and the role of poverty and inequality in affecting economic opportunity.

James Poterba Profile

is the Mitsui Professor of Economics at MIT and the President of the NBER.  His research focuses on taxation, household finance, and retirement saving.

Juan Carlos Suarez Serrato Profile

is an Associate Professor of Economics at Duke University.  His research focuses on taxation and public economics, with particular emphasis on the distributional impacts of business taxation.