2023 AEA CSQIEP Queer Economics PhD Student Mentoring Conference

Conference Information

2023 Mentoring Conference Program

The inaugural AEA CSQIEP Queer Economics PhD Student Mentoring Conference will be held June 22-23, 2023, in Berkeley, California. The conference will target advanced PhD students (generally, in the last two years of their program) and focus on the queer experience, job market preparation, LGBTQ+ job market concerns, and building mentoring and community networks. 

This conference is sponsored by the Committee for the Status of LGBTQ+ Individuals in the Economics Profession (CSQIEP), the American Economic Association; the National Science Foundation; the Sloan foundation (pending); UC Berkeley; and the Vanderbilt LGBTQ+ Policy Lab. We are so excited to host this new event for you all and to carve out a place specifically for queer PhD students to build their skills and network with each other and with senior mentors.

Both students (mentees) and mentors should complete an application.

Application Deadline: The application deadline for the 2023 conference has passed, but please check back later for more details about future conferences!

Eligibility Requirements for Mentors

Mentors should have their PhDs in economics or a related field or have a planned graduation date for Spring/Summer 2023.

Eligibility Requirements for Students (Mentees)

  1. You must be currently enrolled in (or on temporary leave from) a PhD program in economics or a related field at an institution in the United States or Canada.
    • Related fields include economic specialties, such as agricultural economics or environmental economics.
    • Related fields also include public policy/administration or business PhD programs only if the program requires taking the economics PhD microeconomics or macroeconomics core theory sequence of courses.
    • If you are unsure whether your program qualifies, please contact us at csqiepmentoring@gmail.com before applying.
  2. The conference focuses on advanced PhD students who have not yet gone on the job market and are not graduating in Spring 2023. Therefore, if you are planning to attend the conference as a student (mentee), you must have a planned graduation date between November 1, 2023, and October 31, 2025, AND must meet at least one of the following criteria:
    • Have advanced to candidacy 
    • Have defended a dissertation prospectus
    • Have completed at least one field/specialization requirement
    • Are dedicating at least half of your time to research and your dissertation (i.e., taking traditional classes at most part time)

Vaccination Requirement

In order to provide an environment that is as safe as possible, all participants will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to have received at least one booster to attend the conference. If you are accepted, you will have two weeks to provide proof of one of the full FDA authorized vaccination series. Your acceptance notification will provide details on how this proof must be provided. You may also need to show proof of vaccination when checking in to the hotel or when first arriving at the Brower center for the conference. Thank you for your understanding.