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)



Demography at Penn

Penn Demography trains independent researchers who are prepared to fill leading roles in social demography and population analysis at a variety of organizations and are well versed in the growth, structure, health and well-being of human populations. Graduates have a firm grasp of both the substance and methods of study in the core areas of demography and population sciences (mortality, fertility, migration, population aging, and demographic – economic interrelations) from both a domestic and international perspective.

Many students choose to do a joint Ph.D. with Sociology.

The University of Pennsylvania is a welcoming and inclusive place that values diversity of backgrounds, methodologies, theoretical perspectives, and research interests.

The annual application deadline is December 15.

Please see the attached flier for more information.  We encourage you to email tanyaya@sas.upenn.edu to express interest, ask questions, and get more information.

We look forward to seeing applications from your students!

Research Assistant Job Posting @ Brookings Institution

The Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution is conducting our annual Research Assistant recruitment. Each year we employ approximately fifteen research assistants for one or two year appointments, preferably beginning between June 1 and August 1. This year, we are seeking to hire approximately five new assistants. I am hoping that you will be able to share the job posting with your graduating class of Economics majors. We believe this is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates.

The job posting is here: https://careers-brookings.icims.com/jobs/1640/research-assistant/job

Please note that applicants will need to submit a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation, and a transcript. The application deadline is February 16, 2018.

Thank you very much!

Columbia Business School – Apply for the 2018 Summer Research Program!

Columbia Business School is seeking outstanding applications for the 2018 Summer Research Internship program.  The highly selective program provides an intellectually stimulating environment and introduces the interns to the world of business research.  Under the guidance of Columbia Business School’s leading faculty, interns will take an active role on a research project in one of the following areas: accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management, decision sciences, operations, and data analytics.  This is a multi-disciplinary program and candidates from all majors are encouraged to apply.

The internship program is designed for undergraduate students at the end of their sophomore or junior year and first year Master Students.  Exceptional students from other classes are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Several of the top interns have gone on to leading MS and PhD programs in Economics, Finance, Computer Science, and Data Sciences.  Many been selected to join CBS full-time as a full-time Research Associates.

All prospective interns must have the following qualifications:

Enthusiasm for research, intellectual curiosity, and excellent communications skills

The ability to learn new concepts and tools and apply them to your projects

Skills for Quantitative Projects

Most Economics, Finance, and Accounting (and economics based management and marketing) projects require:

Strong background or major in econometrics and statistics

The ability to run regressions using statistical packages such as STATA or R

Quantitative projects in Management, Marketing or DRO require:

Background or major in mathematics, computer science, or engineering

Strong programming background (C/C++, Python, R, or Matlab, etc.)

Some projects may require the ability to do text processing using Python or Perl familiarity with basic machine learning algorithm

Skills for Behavioral projects in Management or Marketing

Interest in behavioral experiments – background or major in Psychology

Knowledge of SPSS, some projects may require knowledge of Python or

The program runs from May 27, 2018 – July 28 or August 4, 2018 (final dates to be determined).  On-campus housing and a stipend will be provided

To apply, please fill out the application form at the following website: https://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/programs/doctoral-program/research/summer-research-internship  The Application Deadline is 11:59pm EST on March 1, 2018.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  The application process is highly competitive, only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Research Assistant and Summer Intern Opportunities; Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Office of Research

About The Office of Research (OR):

The Office of Research (OR) in the Research, Markets, and Regulations Division (RMR) is realizing the CFPB’s mission by bringing an empirical, data-driven approach to the analysis of consumer financial markets.  OR provides the main analytics to understand consumer behavior and support the Bureau’s actions in policy-making, supervision, and enforcement.

OR Research Assistant Program

The OR Research Assistant Program is a fellowship program that was developed for graduating undergraduates (recent December 2017 and May/June 2018 graduates may apply) who are interested in spending 2-3 years in the Office of Research working alongside Ph.D. researchers (which include economists, research psychologists, and research scientists) on substantial and rigorous data oriented policy projects.  Ideally, the candidates’ time with our office would prepare them for future graduate programs such as Ph.D. programs in economics and finance, Masters of Public Policy, and other graduate fields.  Successful candidates will have a proven track record of academic excellence in one or more of the following areas: economics, mathematics, statistics, or computer science.  Experience in R, SAS, or Stata programming is also key.  Strong written and verbal communication skills are a must, as is the demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced multidisciplinary environment.

How to apply to the OR Research Assistant Program

Visit our website: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/jobs/location

  • October 30, 2017– November 17, 2017 (apply early, since we may have an application cap)

Components of the application include (check job posting for official requirements):

  • Resume (required)
  • School transcripts showing progress toward degree (required – unofficial okay – we can take recent graduates as well as those expecting to graduate in December 2017 or May/June 2018)
  • Short questionnaire (required – administered on the application website)
  • Cover letter (strongly recommended)

Summer Internship Program

The Pathways Internship Program is a Summer 2018 internship for current (students are eligible if they are enrolled as students before, during, and after Summer 2018) undergraduate and graduate students.  Interns work directly with a seasoned member of our team on policy and research projects and are assigned to one project which they are expected to complete during the twelve-week program.  Interns will be expected to work independently but will be provided necessary on-the-job training and mentorship to support them in their work.  Strong Intern candidates may be considered for possible future Research Assistant opportunities within the Office of Research.

How to apply to the Pathways Internship:

Visit our website: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/jobs/location/

  • October 27, 2017: general posting for all CFPB divisions, specify the Office of Research (Research Markets and Regulations, Office of Research) in the application

Components of the application include:

  • Resume (required)
  • School transcripts program showing current enrollment (required – unofficial okay)
  • Proof of enrollment  (required for graduate students who may not actively be taking classes)
  • Short questionnaire (required – administered on the application website)
  • Cover letter (strongly recommended

Internships are open only to current students.  Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

Resources for the Future (RFF) has multiple openings for Research Assistant positions

Resources for the Future (RFF) has multiple openings for Research Assistant positions. A candidate should have a master’s or bachelor’s degree in economics, engineering, natural sciences, mathematics, or a related field.

RFF is an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan research institute established in 1952 and based in Washington, DC. RFF’s mission is to improve environmental and natural resource policymaking worldwide through objective social science research of the highest caliber.

Job Responsibilities
RAs support RFF researchers to address a wide range of issues, including
* Economic analyses of energy, climate, transportation, and environmental policy
* Economics of ecosystems, forests, biodiversity, water, and other natural resources
* Benefit-cost analysis of environmental regulations
* Environment and the economy of developing countries

RAs work responsibilities vary but regularly include
* Data management and analysis
* Identifying, reviewing, and synthesizing academic and policy literature
* Supporting quantitative and conceptual modeling
* Other quantitative and qualitative research tasks associated with economic analyses of environmental policy

For more information and to apply please go to: