CSMGEP: Mentoring Program


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What is the Mentoring Program and How do I Get Involved?

The AEA Mentoring Program (AEAMP) – one of the key programs of the AEA Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession (CSMGEP) – focuses on traditionally underrepresented minority students in Econ PhD programs as well as new PhDs. Its primary objectives include:

  • Increasing the number of underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities who complete doctorate degrees in economics; and
  • Diversifying the racial/ethnic demographic composition of the economics profession, including the professorate, through mentoring and providing research and professional development opportunities to minority emerging economists.

The Mentoring Program was established in the mid-1990s by the American Economic Association Committee on the Status of Minority Groups 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 PhD 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. The Program also hosts the AEA Summer Mentoring Pipeline Conference (SMPC) and provides limited funding to support the research and travel of the mentees, including presentations at major conferences.

  • Interested in becoming a mentee? Follow the link to submit your application.
  • Interested in becoming a mentor? Follow the link for the mentor application.

Upcoming Events

2023 AEA Summer Mentoring Pipeline Conference  (Washington, D.C., June 16-17, 2023)

The Summer Mentoring Pipeline Conference (SMPC) brings together the mentees in the AEA Mentoring Program, their mentors, other professional economists (in and outside of academia) and the students in the AEA Summer Training Program (AEASP), making for one of the largest gatherings of traditionally underrepresented minority economists in the country that includes participants ranging from undergraduate and graduate students to new PhDs and senior level economists.  Inspiring and uplifting, the SMPC features academic paper presentations, distinguished lectures, professional development sessions, panel discussions, and networking opportunities.  A tenure-track mentoring workshop and in-person job market bootcamp is held on the closing day of the conference.  AEA Mentoring Program mentees and mentors are invited to attend.

We are delighted to announce that the 2023 Lewis-Oaxaca Distinguished Lecturer will be Dr. Samuel L. Myers, Jr., Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.  We are also looking forward to announcing the 2023 AEAMP Impactful Mentor, a person who has made a significant impact in the lives of individuals from traditionally underrepresented minority groups in the economics profession, who will be recognized at the SMPC.

2023 WEAI annual conference (San Diego, July 2-6, 2023)

The AEA Mentoring Program will sponsor the following session featuring research by AEAMP mentees.

Session Title: Underrepresentation, Policing, and Insurance
Organizer:  Francisca Antman, University of Colorado Boulder 
Chair: Luisa Blanco, Pepperdine University   
Papers: Insurance With An Endogenous Adversary: The Case of Ransomware, Anderson Frailey, University of Virginia
The Effect of Federal Oversight on Policing Behavior, Romaine Campbell, Harvard University
The Importance of Considering State Eligibility Requirements for Equitable Unemployment Insurance Access: Lessons from the Great Recession and COVID-19, Felipe Juan, Howard University    
Closing the Gap? The Effect of State Innovation Policy Programs on Federal Funding for Underrepresented Businesses, April Burrage, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Robert  Baluja, University of Arizona
George Agyeah, University of Arkansas
Michael Navarrete, University of Maryland
Ini-Abasi Umosen, University of California, Berkeley

2023 AEA Mentoring Program Virtual Job Market Bootcamp  (August-December 2023)

The AEA Mentoring Program Job Market Bootcamp (JMB) is designed to help prepare candidates for the economics Ph.D. job market and increase their chances of securing positions best suited to their interests, training, and professional and personal goals. Held over five sessions, with one session each between August and December, the virtual bootcamp is designed to match job market candidates with mentors to offer specific feedback on candidates’ job market papers, elevator pitches, CVs, and research/teaching statements, as well as to facilitate networking opportunities.  Sessions are set up to include presentations by mentors as well as to allow for break-out sessions between mentors and job candidates.  In addition to the main JMB meeting schedule, additional meetings are offered focusing on interview and presentation skills as well as writing and editing by a professional speech coach and academic writing editor. AEA Mentoring Program Mentees who expect to be on the job market in the coming academic year are invited to participate.

If you are interested in participating in any of these activities (either as a mentee or mentor) please apply to the AEA Mentoring Program at the links above and contact AEAMentoring@gmail.com with any questions.

AEA Mentoring Program – Call for Proposals

The AEA Mentoring Program currently provides funding to support the research and travel of economics PhD students in the Program. 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.

Those awarded grants must submit a report of their activities to the AEA Mentoring Program within one month of completing the activity. Email aeamentoring@gmail.com for more information.

Calls for proposals are emailed to AEAMP mentees in advance of proposal deadlines. Email aeamentoring@gmail.com for more information.

Highest Priority

i) Presentation of papers at the AEA/ASSA annual meetings or major “regional” economics conferences (Southern, Eastern, Western, and Mid-Western).

ii) Participation in a major scholarly conference or seminar oriented toward skill enhancement (for example, the NBER Summer Institute, the PSID workshop, NSF workshops, seminars on recent advances in a specific area of research, etc.).

iii) Participation in all of the AEA Mentoring Program’s Slate of Activities at the AEA/ASSA annual meetings: (1) Meeting with your mentor or other senior-level economists to discuss research for at least two hours; (2) Participate in the Joint CSMGEP/NEA/ASHE Reception; (3) Attend the CSMGEP Dissertation Session; and (4) Attend any three additional sessions sponsored by CSMGEP, the NEA, or ASHE. (Contact the Director of the Mentoring Program for the specific times/dates.)


i) Travel to do research with the mentor;

ii) Participating as discussants, chairing a session, or presenting posters at the AEA/ASSA annual meetings or major “regional” economics conferences;

iii) Presentation of papers at national or regional conferences other than the AEA/ASSA annual meetings and major “regional” economics conferences (Southern, Eastern, Western, and Mid-Western).


i) Travel to do research with a co-author at another institution.

ii) Attendance at the AEA/ASSA annual meetings or major “regional” economics conferences (Southern, Eastern, Western, and Mid-Western);

iii) Purchase data that are not otherwise available but critical for the research;

iv) Limited travel expenses while engaged in research, such as traveling to collect data.

Deadlines for Funding Requests – For Full Consideration

Activity Period


October 1st – December 31st

August 15th

January 1st – April 30th

October 1st

May 1st – September 30th

March 1st

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

Join the Mentoring Program Email List!

Mentees, mentors, and friends are invited to join the email list of the Economics Mentoring Program. To do so, please contact AEAMentoring@gmail.com. Please include "Econ Mentoring Program" in the subject.