CSWEP: Summer Economics Fellows Program

Purpose: Sponsored by the American Economic Association and originally by a National Science Foundation grant, the fellowship allows the fellow to spend a summer in residence at a sponsoring research institution.

Overview: Sponsored by the American Economic Association and the National Science Foundation, summer economics fellowships are available to senior graduate students and junior faculty. During their residency, fellows participate as members of the research community while engaged in a research project of their own choosing. Fellows will be mentored by experienced economists both on scientific issues, and career issues such as negotiating publications, the job market, and advancement strategies. Fellows are encouraged to present a research seminar at the sponsoring agency during their fellowship. Fellows are typically either junior faculty, postdocs or graduate students at the dissertation stage. Fellows are to be chosen by the program with the agreement of the sponsoring institution in line with the goal of advancing the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in the economics profession, the fit of a candidate with the activities of the research group at the sponsoring institution, and the value of the proposed research to advancing the sponsoring institution's own goals.

Participating Programs

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
Bureau of Economic Analysis
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Census Bureau
Congressional Budget Office
Economic Research Service, Dept of Agriculture
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Federal Trade Commission
International Monetary Fund
Resources for the Future
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Urban Institute

Cooperating Programs

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. (Contact)
Microsoft Research (Contact)

Application: Applicants are asked to apply directly to the program, but are welcome to indicate a preference for a particular sponsor. Applicants should include a c.v. and one page description of their proposed research (both in pdf form please), as well as the applicant information form. (A cover letter is not necessary.) Graduate students should include a letter of recommendation from a faculty member; junior faculty are encouraged to include such a letter from a senior faculty member. Fellowships are open to all economists without regard to gender or minority status, although the goal of the program, advancing the careers of women and underrepresented minorities, will drive the selection process. For example, in seeking to advance women in the economics profession an institution may sponsor a couple, or a male partner of a female economist, or otherwise sponsor a male economist whose participation would assist the general goal of advancing women in the profession. Please send applications to cswep@econ.duke.edu. Preference in consideration will be given to applications received by February 15.

In addition to the Participating institutions, we have several Cooperating programs interested in offering summer positions to promote the roles of women and underrepresented minorities in economics. Specific details vary with the program. Application should be made directly to the cooperating program. Applicants are welcome to apply both to the Summer Fellows program for consideration by Participating programs and directly to Cooperating programs.

Compensation and residency dates: Compensation is set by each sponsoring institution, normally at a level commensurate with the institution’s usual practices for an economist of equivalent experience. Fellows are responsible for their own expenses. (Sponsors may cover expenses in lieu of a stipend where the amounts involved are roughly equivalent and where the fellow and sponsor both prefer this method.) Dates of residence are determined by agreement between sponsor and fellow, eight to twelve weeks is the norm.

Sponsoring requirements: Sponsoring institutions agree to sponsor one or more fellows, assuming suitable matches can be made. Sponsoring institutions make payments directly to fellows. Administrative expenses of the program are supported by CSWEP.

Key dates: Applications should be received by February 15. Deadlines at Cooperating programs may differ. Sponsors will receive applications by March 5. Sponsors are asked to make initial offers by March 25 and to hold initial offers open until April 2. Final notifications are anticipated by May 1.

Administration: The program is administered by an ad hoc committee appointed by the Chairs of CSWEP and CSMGEP.

For further information contact CSWEP at CSWEP@econ.duke.edu.

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