What is the Pipeline Mentoring Program?

The Mentoring Program was established in the mid-1990s by the American Economic Association Committee on the Status of Minorities in the Economics Profession to address the under-representation of minorities among those entering and/or completing doctorate degrees in economics.  The program matches African-American, Latino, and Native American economics Ph.D. students and new doctorates with mentors in the field, and also facilitates networking between more senior economists and students at all stages of the educational and early-career pipeline. 

Mentees, mentors, and friends are invited to join the email list of the Economics Mentoring Program, a program which is currently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  To do so, please contact Professor Marie Mora at mtmora@utpa.edu.  Please include “Econ Mentoring Program” in the subject heading, and include your full name and preferred email address in the text of the email.  Please also indicate your current education/career status (e.g., if you are a graduate student, a newly minted Ph.D., etc.).

Economics Mentoring Program Research Funds

An NSF grant for the Mentoring Program provides funding to support graduate student research as well as support graduate student travel.

Publications in high quality academic journals represent the major path to successful employment as an academic economist, researcher at a think tank, business economist, or public policy expert. Accordingly, the allocation of travel and research funds is oriented toward those activities that increase the probability of producing high quality journal articles.

Travel Assistance

Requests for travel assistance will be ranked as “highest priority,” “priority,” and “beneficial.” Highest priority travel will receive highest ranking. Travel assistance should not exceed $1,250. Travel requests shall be accompanied by an estimated budget. Those awarded grants must report on their activities at the summer conference (the travel costs to which will be covered by the Program).

Highest priority

i) Presentation of papers, participants as discussants, chairing a session, or presenting poster.
ii) Participation in a scholarly conference or seminar oriented toward skill enhancement (for example, PSID workshop, econometrics workshop, NSF workshop, seminar on recent advances in a specific area of research)


i) Attendance at ASSA meetings or regional economic conferences (Southern, Eastern, Western, and Mid-Western)


i) Travel to do research with a co-author at another institution.
ii) Travel to collect data.
iii) All other research related travel.

Research Assistance.

There will be 6 – 8 awards, ranging from $1,500 - $2,000.

We expect research applicants to include a graduate student and a faculty member. However, high quality solo and joint applications by graduate students will also be considered. Those awarded grants must present their research at the summer conference.

Research funds may be used to cover the following activities: travel to do research with a co-author an another institution; purchase data, equipment, or software that is not otherwise available;  stipends to cover living expenses while engaged in research during the summer; or, other similar expenses.

Deadlines for Requests.

The Table below includes the deadlines for both research and travel assistance requests for full consideration for Spring and Summer 2014.

                             Deadlines for Research and Travel Assistance Requests

Activity Period



Spring 2014

November 18, 2013

December 2, 2013

Summer 2014

December 2, 2013

December 16, 2013

Depending on funding availability, requests may also be considered after these deadlines.


Professor Marie T. Mora
Director, AEA Economics Mentoring Program
Professor of Economics
Department of Economics and Finance
1201 W. University Drive
University of Texas – Pan American
Edinburg, TX  78539
(956) 665-7913
email: mtmora@utpa.edu

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