2018 PhD Excellence Initiative

THE PH.D. EXCELLENCE INITIATIVE, supported through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, identifies high-achieving college graduates of color (or graduating seniors) who have a passion for economics and prepares them for the rigors of top-tier Ph.D. programs within the discipline. The Initiative positions these high achievers for further success in academia through its focus on research excellence, writing for publication, and peer networking and support. A high degree of one-on-one mentoring (working closely with Peter Blair Henry) is also a hallmark of the Initiative.


Description and Instructions for Application (PDF)



CAUSE Leadership Academy (CLA) Internship

My name is Zenni and I am the Programs Coordinator for CAUSE (Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment). CAUSE is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the political empowerment of the Asian Pacific American community through voter registration and education, community outreach, and leadership development.

We are seeking undergraduate students to apply for our summer internship program called CAUSE Leadership Academy (CLA), and we would like to ask for you to share this paid summer internship opportunity with your​ students! This is a unique opportunity for students to build their knowledge of APA community issues, access the resources needed to advance their career, and network with top community leaders and public servants. Please find brief details below:

Duration: June 18, 2018 – August 17, 2018 (9 weeks)

Location: Pasadena, CA (varies within Greater Los Angeles)

Stipend: A stipend of $2,000 will be provided upon satisfactory completion of the program and will serve as reimbursement for expenses accrued throughout the program’s duration. Limited additional support is made available on a case-by-case basis. 

Time Commitment: Must be able to commit full time for 40 hours per week. Additional hours to work on a group project will also be required. ​​

Requirements: Must be able to access a reliable source of transportation. Interns are required to commute to and from their office placement, weekly civic leadership workshops, various mandatory meetings/events, and to group project meetings on an as-needed basis. Participants are required to secure their own housing in Southern California for the duration of the program. Interns should prepare to make their own meal arrangements.

The CAUSE Leadership Academy (CLA) was founded in 1991 in order to teach students the importance of civic engagement and political participation as it prepares​ them to be at the​ forefront of the democratic process. Applications are due on:

​​January 31, 2018.

I have attached the application. For more information, please visit CAUSE Leadership Academy 2018 at our website.

Please let me know if you have any questions, I would be happy to help!


Pre-Doctoral Fellowship with Berkeley Economists

We – Professors Emmanuel Saez and Danny Yagan in the UC Berkeley Economics Department – seek two outstanding full-time pre-doctoral fellows to assist our research. Predocs will begin their fellowships in the summer of 2018 and continue for at least one full year and preferably two full years.

We use big data to study big topics in public and labor economics: the economics of government policy and of inequality. The hallmark of our work is empirical rigor. Our research has appeared in top economics journals and has shaped economic and policy debates. In 2017, the New York Times featured three of our research papers: rates of upward mobility at every college, dramatically unequal economic growth since 1980, and long-term impacts of the Great Recession.

The two predocs will interact frequently with us as they build datasets, conduct analyses, synthesize results, edit academic papers, create presentations, and otherwise assist our work. Predocs will access government data in Oakland, work with us in person at Berkeley, and interact with our faculty coauthors at Berkeley and other top economics departments. Current and previous predocs have chosen to reside in San Francisco, Berkeley, or Oakland. Our current four-person team is positive and high-energy and we seek new predocs who will thrive in and contribute to that environment when our current predocs leave for graduate school.

As the name indicates, our fellowship is excellent preparation for a Ph.D. in economics, and ideal candidates plan to attend an economics or similar Ph.D. program after completing the fellowship. However, those with a strong quantitative background and alternative professional interests are also encouraged to apply. We have hired new college graduates as well as those leaving post-college employment. Predocs will attend a weekly economics seminar at UC Berkeley during the academic year where they will see new research presented and evaluated. All candidates must be completing or have completed a bachelors degree. Programming skills are essential: predocs must be eager to become proficient, or already be proficient, in Stata and SAS/SQL. Predocs must complete at least one month of work across June-July 2018 in order to seamlessly transition from our outgoing predocs. Outside of that, we may have flexibility with summer schedules. We offer a competitive salary. Our data access contract requires predocs to be U.S. citizens.

To apply: Save the following documents in a zip file with your name in the file name (e.g. jane_doe.zip) and follow the submission instructions here: • Résumé • Transcript • Writing sample • Optional cover letter
The due date for applications is January 31, 2018 Pacific Standard Time, with interviews conducted and offers made in February.

The writing sample can be of any length and would ideally be an economics or other analytic thesis or paper, but you may submit any writing sample that demonstrates clear analytic thought. The strongest applicants have demonstrated strong interest in economic or other quantitative or mathematical research in their academic or work history, have programming experience from courses or work, and in interviews exhibit a capacity for teamwork. Our current predocs, Sam Karlin and Carl McPherson, can field additional questions at saez.yagan.predocs@gmail.com.


Good morning,

With just over two weeks until the early decision deadline, I’m writing with a reminder that the American Enterprise Institute’s 2018 Summer Honors Program is currently accepting applications from undergraduate students interested in making an impact on national politics and public policy.  The program is a fully funded, residential, educational and professional development opportunity in Washington, DC, at one of America’s leading think tanks.  The early decision deadline is December 31st, and the regular decision deadline is March 5.

You can see the full course lineup on the flyer below, as well as on the program’s website. This year, we are proud to offer twelve courses on everything from Pericles’ Athens (taught by AEI’s Gary Schmitt), to the Constitution (taught by AEI and the University of California-Berkeley’s John Yoo), to the principles of democratic capitalism (taught by AEI’s Director of Economic Policy Studies Michael Strain), to military history and decision-making (taught by the Director of AEI’s Critical Threats Project, Frederick Kagan), and more, making it a program suitable for student leaders with diverse sets of interests and from a wide range of personal and ideological backgrounds.  Students may apply for a one-week program and/or a four-week program, depending on their interests and availability.

AEI welcomes applications from students and help from professors and administrators in identifying and spreading the word to qualified candidates.  I’ve included a flyer below, which you should feel welcome to distribute to your constituencies.

The American Enterprise Institute’s Summer Honors Program is a series of educational and professional development opportunities for top undergraduate students. Students in the program have the chance to connect with the ideas, research, and network of AEI, one of America’s preeminent think tanks, through discussion-based seminars with AEI scholars and policy professionals, policy briefings with distinguished guests, high-level networking events, and site visits in Washington.

Eligibility: Current undergraduates and recent graduates (winter 2017 or later). International students are eligible to apply.

Location: Washington, DC

Duration: Students participate in either a single one-week course or a multi-week opportunity at the start of the summer.

Stipend: This is a fully-funded program. Housing, meals on class days, stipends and travel vouchers are all provided.


  • Early Decision Deadline: December 31st, 2017. Student who apply by the early decision deadline will be told if they are accepted, rejected, or waitlisted by the end of January.
  • Regular Decision Deadline: March 5th, 2018.

Questions: SummerHonors@aei.org

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 15. We encourage
you apply as soon as possible to be considered for your top choice.

Course Offerings


MAY 29–June 1, 2018
Pericles’ Athens: Politics & Society of the First Great Democracy
Dr. Gary Schmitt, AEI


JUNE 4–8, 2018

Staying Calm in Unsafe Spaces
Dr. Charles Murray, AEI

Capitalism & Christianity: Do Markets Allow Us to Love Our Neighbor?
Dr. Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, & Economics

International Economic Development: Why Institutions Matter
Dr. Stephen Smith, Hope College

Democratic Capitalism: Principles & Practices
Dr. Michael Strain, AEI

JUNE 11–15, 2018

Empire for Liberty: Strategy-making in America
Thomas Donnelly, AEI

K-12 Education: The Foundation of American Democracy, Society, and Economy
Dr. Michael McShane, AEI

Understanding the Middle East Challenge
Dr. Michael Rubin, AEI


JUNE 18–22, 2018

War & Decision-Making
Dr. Frederick Kagan, AEI

The Constitution: Original Meanings and Modern Times
Professor John Yoo, AEI

Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference
Dr. John Inazu, Washington University School of Law

The Christian Faith and American Foreign Policy
Dr. William Inboden, University of Texas-Austin

For more information, visit www.aei.org/SummerHonors
or send us a note at SummerHonors@aei.org.

Hoover Institution Policy Boot Camp (Stanford)


The Hoover Institutions Summer Policy Boot Camp (HISPBC) is an intensive, one week residential immersion program in the essentials of today’s national and international United States policy. The program is intended to instruct college students and recent graduates on the economic, political, and social aspects of United States public policy. The goal is to teach students how to think critically about public policy formulation and its results.

Using a highly interactive, tutorial-style model designed to foster fact-based critical thinking on the most important policy issues, students will have a unique chance to interact directly with the faculty of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, comprised of world-renowned scholars in economics, government, political science, and related fields.  Each half-day will be dedicated to one topic, chosen because of its immediate relevance to today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. Participants will collaborate through class discussions, study groups, and team projects that encourage diverse perspectives. Enrollment is limited, in order to facilitate maximum interaction with the faculty and other participants.


HISPBC requires a 100% time commitment for the duration of the one-week program, including active collaboration with study groups outside of class.


Stanford University does not offer participants academic credit or grades for completing HISPBC.


The boot camp is FREE to all accepted applicants. Program fees, food and lodging will be covered for participants accepted into the program. Travel expenses and other incidentals are not included.*


Successful participants receive a certificate of completion endorsed by Hoover Institution’s director and HISPBC’s faculty director. To successfully complete the program, participants must:

  • Attend all sessions
  • Complete their assignments and projects
  • Collaborate with their fellow participants in team projects and community-building exercises

If accepted, the UCSD Department of Economics has funds to aid students with their travel expenses. 


For any questions related to the program, please email hispbcadmin@stanford.edu.


Hertog Fellowship for students and recent grads

Good morning! I hope the new academic year is off to a good start.

Once again, the Hertog Foundation is offering a range of programs for 2018. We have four offerings next year:

  • Weekend Seminars – Intensive three-day seminars on public policy topics offered in Winter and Spring 2018.
  • Political Studies Program – Our flagship seven-week fellowship will run from June 17 to August 4, 2018. The best candidates for this program are college upperclassmen and recent grads, although we have accepted exceptional freshmen and sophomores in the past.
  • War Studies Program – A two-week summer fellowship offered by Kim and Fred Kagan at the Institute for the Study of War. This program is also best-suited to juniors, seniors, and recent grads.
  • Summer Courses – This series of one- to two-week seminars allows students to create their own individualized course of study. Younger students are encouraged to apply for these seminars, as are upperclassmen who have other obligations during the summer.

As always, all programs come with housing and funds to offset living and travel costs. Applicants who apply by our early decision deadline, January 15, 2018, can be accepted by Friday, March 2, 2018. More information can be found at HertogFoundation.org.

I would be much obliged if you would circulate the information to students and faculty in your department and on your campus.Nominations can be submitted via our website.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about our offerings. I look forward to hearing from you!


Sydney Fuqua

Program Manager

Hertog Foundation

(202) 853-9444



Opportunities at the Hertog Foundation – 

Visit hertogfoundation.org to learn more and apply.

Weekend Seminars

  • Eligibility: Undergraduates and very recent graduates (2017 or 2018)
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Duration: Friday-Sunday seminars, Winter/Spring 2018
  • Stipend: Covers housing, meals, and travel

Intensive weekend programs that allow students to dive into pressing policy issues with leading experts and thinkers. Topics include understanding populism and constitutional law.

Deadline: January 15, 2018.

Political Studies Program


  • Eligibility: Undergraduates and very recent graduates (2017 or 2018)
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Duration: 7-week program, June 17-August 4, 2018
  • Stipend: Provides housing and some meals, plus stipend

Hertog Fellows study classic texts in political thought and some of the seminal documents of American politics with an outstanding faculty. In addition, students study selected public policy issues with some of those who helped formulate and implement those policies.

War Studies Program

  • Eligibility: College juniors, seniors and very recent graduates (2017)
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Duration: 2-week program, July 20-August 4, 2018
  • Stipend: Provides housing and some meals, plus stipend

The War Studies Program, run by the Institute for the Study of War, aims to educate undergraduate students about the theory, practice, organization, and control of war and military forces. Over the course of the program, students will learn from and interact with distinguished senior leaders in the national security and military communities, including retired generals and leading intellectuals.

Summer Courses

  • Eligibility: Undergraduates and very recent graduates (2017 or 2018)
  • Location: Washington, DC
  • Duration: One- to two-week seminars throughout the period of June 24-August 4, 2018
  • Stipend: Provides housing and some meals, plus stipend

This series of one- to two-week seminars allows students to create their own individualized course of study. Younger students are encouraged to apply for these seminars, as are upperclassmen who have other obligations during the summer. Offerings include topics such as American democratic capitalism, US-Russia policy, grand strategy, and modern conservative thought.
The application deadline for Summer 2018 is Monday, February 12, 2018.

Early decision deadline is Monday, January 15, 2018.