AEASP: Program Background


First begun in 1974, the program prepares talented undergraduates from under-represented groups for doctoral programs in Economics and related disciplines. With a goal of broadening participation, the AEA Summer Training and Scholarship Program (AEASP) uniquely and successfully enables students to solidify technical and other economic skills to meet the rigors of graduate study.

There are substantial concerns regarding the participation of traditionally under-represented groups in the economics profession. For instance, recent NSF data record that fewer than seven percent of doctorate degrees earned by US citizens are awarded to African Americans and Hispanics in a typical year and less than a third of doctorates are awarded to women. Consequently, the outlook and the science in the economics profession lack important insights and perspectives; implying that policy analyses, recommendations and implementations fall short of what can be achieved.

In light of these issues, the purpose of the Summer Training Program is to provide a strong basis for the professional success of individuals from diverse backgrounds who will inform the profession and broaden the scope and impact of high quality research agendas that are pursued in economics and in related fields.

"Through AEA's Summer Program, I learned the intricacies of the Economics PhD Program from what it is like to do research, what courses in graduate school would look like and life post an Economics degree. The support system through out the process and regular seminars, trips and information sessions about applying to graduate school have been incredibly insightful. Something I did not expect from the experience was to be challenged in how I studied, learned and maintained my mental health, all important life skills I will carry with me. I wholeheartedly recommend the program to someone who is interested in learning more about graduate school and bridging the gap between one's undergraduate economics experience and preparing for graduate school.”

--Fanta Traore

Graduates of the Summer Program will have experienced substantial preparation for high-level graduate work in economics and other social sciences. As a result, they will be able to successfully advance to becoming leading researchers in economics and the social sciences more generally. A greater diversity of backgrounds in the profession will shape the focus and scope of leading professional scholarship, which will benefit not just this body of research, but also society at large.

Howard University Selected by AEA

Following a competitive national process, the American Economic Association (AEA) selected Howard University’s Department of Economics to host the Summer Training and Scholarship Program from 2021 to 2025. HU is the 13th university to host the Summer Program, which is located at a host site for three to six years. Previously the program was hosted by Michigan State University; University of New Mexico; University of California, Santa Barbara; Duke University; the University of Colorado Denver; the University of Texas at Austin; Stanford University; Temple University; the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Yale University; Northwestern University; and the University of California, Berkeley.

Howard University (HU), one of the nation's leading research universities and a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), is dedicated to educating students from diverse backgrounds at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. Guided by our extraordinary cadre of faculty, students are immersed in cutting-edge scholarship and innovation, including nanotechnology, human genome research, atmospheric science, as well as the social sciences, arts, and humanities.

Howard University was founded on March 2, 1867, by an Act of Congress with Civil War hero General Oliver O. Howard as the first president. The main campus is home to 256 acres of land across the District of Columbia and Maryland. With our Main Campus located in northwest D.C., the School of Law, School of Divinity, and Howard's research facility each have dedicated campuses nearby. In all, we awarded more than 120,000 degrees and certificates. Here are some of the accolades for the university:

  • Howard University is the leading producer of African American students entering medical schools in the U.S.
  • The National Science Foundation cites Howard University as the top producer of African American undergraduates who later earn PhDs in natural sciences.
  • Ranked No. 34 on U.S. News & World Report's list of 2019 Best Undergraduate Teaching Programs.
  • The School of Business earned the number 1 spot by Princeton Review as the "greatest opportunity for minority students."
  • Produced the highest number of HBCU Rhodes Scholars to study at the University of Oxford.
  • The only HBCU ranked in the top 100 on U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges list.

HU has partnered with Women's Institute for Science, Equity and Race (WISER).

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