Conferences, Events and Fellowships

Below is a listing of mentoring and professional development activities. Dates given are approximate; check opportunity websites for application information. To update or add to the opportunities on this list, email

NBER Graduate Training Seminars - Varies
Periodically, the NBER offers graduate student training seminars in a variety of fields. This page links to upcoming seminars open for application.

The 2020 Research in Color Conference - August 2020
The Research in Color Foundation is a mentorship organization that seeks to increase researchers of color in economics and economics-adjacent fields like public policy and political economy. The Research in Color Conference will not only be an opportunity for our mentees to present their research, but will also provide a forum for conference attendees to network and exchange ideas with seasoned economists, both in academia and policy. The conference will be held at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.

9th Annual Conference of the American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon) - June 7-10, 2020
The American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon) is a professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in health economics research in the United States. ASHEcon has an Early Career Professionals Mentoring Session and PhD Student Mentoring Session. Held at the location of the ASHEcon Annual Meeting.

Mentoring Workshop during the Economic Science Association World Meeting - June 2020
The Economic Science Association (ESA) is a professional organization devoted to economics as an observational science, using controlled experiments to learn about economic behavior. The ESA will organize a mentoring workshop the day before the 2020 World Meeting in New York. The workshop is aimed at mentoring female faculty in tenure-track positions at PhD granting economics departments or business schools.

AEA Summer Training Program - May 28-July 26, 2020
Since 1974, the AEA Summer Training Program and Scholarship Program have increased diversity in the field of economics by preparing talented undergraduates for doctoral programs in economics and related disciplines. Held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

Quantitative Spatial Economics Junior Workshop - May 8-9, 2020
This workshop aims to foster a supportive community among researchers interested in spatial topics. Held in Princeton, New Jersey.

Northeast Labor Symposium for Early Career Economists - April 3-4, 2020
The NLS-E brings together researchers to discuss cutting edge work on labor markets. Our goal is to build a closer community among junior faculty based in the Northeastern United States by exchanging ideas related to ongoing projects. Held at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. 

CSWEP Mentoring Breakfast for Junior Faculty in Non-Doctoral Program at MEA - March 28, 2020
This is an informal meet and greet event.  Senior female economists meet and provide mentoring advice to junior faculty in areas such as teaching, research and publishing, tenure and promotion, work-life balance, teaching-research-service balance. Held at the Midwest Economic Association Meeting (Evanston, Illinois in 2020).

AEA Continuing Education - January 5-7, 2020
This program aims to help mid-career economists and others maintain the value of their human capital. It is tailored primarily to faculty at liberal arts colleges and teaching-oriented state universities that may have fewer research opportunities than colleagues at universities with PhD programs.Held at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, California. 

CeMENT Mentoring Workshop for Faculty in Doctoral Programs - January 5-7, 2020
The CSWEP CeMENT workshop for faculty in doctoral programs is aimed at mentoring female faculty in tenure-track positions at PhD granting economics departments in the U.S. or at institutions with similar research expectations. Following the ASSA Meeting.

CeMENT Mentoring Workshop for Faculty in Non-Doctoral Programs - January 5-6, 2020
This CeMENT workshop is geared toward female junior economics faculty in departments that do not award PhD's in Economics. Following the ASSA Meeting every 2 years.

Peer Mentoring Breakfast for Mid-Career Economists - January 4, 2020
This mentoring experience is intended for female economists who are tenured academics at either associate or full rank or non-academics who are 10+ years post-PhD. Held during the ASSA Meeting.

CSWEP Mentoring Breakfast for Junior Economists - January 3&5, 2020
At these informal meet and greet events, senior economists (predominately senior women) are pre-assigned to one of a variety of topical tables to provide mentoring advice to junior economists in areas such as research and publishing, tenure and promotion, non-academic careers, grant writing, teaching, work-life balance and the job market. Held during the ASSA Meeting.

DENeB PhD Workshop - November 22, 2019
These workshops provide doctoral students with the opportunity to share their ongoing work and receive critical feedback. Held in various locations in Germany.

Introduction to Diversity in Doctoral Education and Scholarships (IDDEAS) - November 14-15, 2019
This program seeks to attract a diverse group of promising undergraduate students and introduce them to business research at the doctoral level. The goal of this program is to support and encourage student and faculty diversity in business schools. Held at Stanford Graduate School of Business in Stanford, CA.

University of California - President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program - November 1, 2019
The University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established in 1984 to encourage outstanding women and minority Ph.D. recipients to pursue academic careers at the University of California. The current program offers postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty mentoring to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity at the University of California.

Exploring Careers in Economics - October 11, 2019
This program will offer students a chance to learn about and discuss opportunities in economics generally, and learn about career paths within the Federal Reserve System. Held virtually and by invitation only at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C.

Annual Mentoring Workshop for Junior Women at Midwest Econometrics Group- October 10-11, 2019
The Workshop will provide an opportunity for young women in the profession to interact with established senior mentors, with the goal of helping them start building a substantive, long-lasting intellectual relationship. It will also present potential opportunities for collaboration. Held at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The location of the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Econometrics Group changes every year.

Introduction to Diversity in Doctoral Education and Scholarship (IDDEAS) - October 10-11, 2019
This Program seeks to attract a diverse group of promising undergraduate students and introduce them to research at the doctoral level. The goal of this program is to support and encourage student and faculty diversity in business schools. Held at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in Chicago, Illinois. 

Successfully Navigating your PhD - September 27, 2019
Mentoring workshop for 3rd year female economics PhD students in California. Held at Stanford University in Stanford, California.

Diverse Economics: People, Perspectives, Careers (DivEc) Conference - September 20, 2019
This conference will provide undergraduate economics students with information on the range of career paths open to them and a forum to discuss the importance of having a variety of perspectives in the field of economics. Held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia.

2019-2020 Emerging Poverty Scholars Fellowship - September 1, 2019
The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison invites applications from junior scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations for its 2019-2020 Emerging Poverty Scholars Fellowship program. Held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. Deadline to apply is August 12, 2019.

Speaking Economics - August 19, 2019
This one-day symposium focused on improving your communication skills in seminars, job talks, and other formal venues. Held at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. 

Women in Economics: Research, Ideas, Solutions, Executions (WERISE) - May 31-June 1, 2019
Brings together leading scholars for a comprehensive overview of research on the status of women in economics to reach a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by women in the profession and to spur ideas for concrete solutions. Held at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Women in Macro Conference - May 31-June 1, 2019
The objective of the conference is to feature the high-quality work of women in a field in which they are significantly under-represented. Held in Chicago, Illinois.

Summer Economics Fellows Program - Summer; applications due in February
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. Location varies based on supporting sponsors.

ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research - Summer, annual
Offers over 80 courses on a broad range of methodologies and techniques that are relevant for research in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. Numerous scholarships available to support attendance by students and junior faculty. Held in Ann Arbor, Michigan with shorter workshops in other locations.

Women in Economic Research (WiER) - April 20, 2019
The conference seeks to encourage women and nonbinary undergraduate students to participate in economic research and to see themselves as economists. Held at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Sadie Collective - February 23, 2019
Our organization aims to bring together Black women at different stages in their academic and/or professional careers in quantitatively demanding fields such as economics, finance and public policy. The Collective provides resources, programs and a community to Sadie Collective members and advocates for broader visibility in the field. Held in Washington, D.C.

Graduate Student Summit for Diversity and Economics - September 28-29, 2018
Brings together graduate students, professors, and other economists who are committed to promoting diversity in economics to discuss the state of gender, racial, and LGBTQIA representation in economics, to share learning between WEB and groups like it on other campuses, and to foster networking between graduate students across different institutions. Held at the University of Califronia, Berkeley in Berkeley, California.

AEA Mentoring Program - Continuing
The Mentoring Program was established to address the under-representation of minorities among those entering and/or completing doctorate degrees in economics.

Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics (DITE)
DITE, funded by the National Science Foundation, is a research mentoring workshop that seeks to facilitate successful transition from junior faculty status to tenured associate professor for economists from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (especially blacks, Latinos, and native Americans). Held at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

PhD Excellence Initiative - 2 year fellowships; applications due in February
The PhD Excellence Initiative drives diversity in the field of economics by offering rigorous, post-baccalaureate fellowships to high-achieving scholars of color, setting them on the path to pursue doctoral degrees and research careers at the nation’s top institutions. Held at New York University Stern School of Business in New York City, New York.

Research Scholar Initiative - 1-2 year program beginning in July; applications available in the fall
In the GSAS Research Scholar Initiative post-baccalaureate program, Research Scholars work with a Harvard faculty member as a research assistant, participate in professional development seminars, and receive GRE preparation support. Held at Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Bridge to the Ph.D. Program in STEM - 1 year RA-ship beginning in August; applications due in February
The Bridge to the Ph.D. Program in STEM is designed to increase the participation of students from underrepresented groups in Ph.D. programs in STEM disciplines. The Bridge Program is an intensive research, academic, and mentoring experience for post-baccalaureates seeking to strengthen their graduate school applications and to prepare for the transition into Ph.D. programs. Held at Columbia University in New York City, New York.

Post-baccalaureate Research Education Programs ESI-PREP - 1 year program from June to May
The goal of the 1-year ESI-PREP experience is to provide program participants with a foundation of knowledge and skills necessary to be successful graduate students. Held at Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in New Haven, Connecticut.