Conferences, Events and Fellowships


Below is a listing of mentoring and professional development activities for undergrads/post-bacs/potential grad students. Dates given are approximate; check opportunity websites for current dates of activities as well as application information. To update or add to the opportunities on this list, email

Exploring Career Pathways in Economics and Related Fields - September 17-18, 2020
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Sadie Collective invite you to participate in our upcoming virtual program Exploring Career Pathways in Economics and Related Fields. This event is designed to provide Black college students with an opportunity to learn more about career pathways in economics and related fields. The program includes interactive conversations with economists and research assistants, a skills-based workshop on programming and data analysis for research, and an interactive virtual career fair with top financial services firms. 

Standford GSB Rising Scholars Conference - October 27-28, 2020
Join us for the inaugural Stanford GSB Rising Scholars Conference on October 27 and October 28, 2020 for diverse PhD and postdoctoral students from across the country to present their work and interact with faculty at Stanford GSB and from other institutions. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss research across fields, learn from diverse academic leaders, and network with colleagues across the country. The objectives of the conference are to help rising scholars gain research insights, valuable exposure, and faculty mentorship that will benefit them for years to come.

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.

NSF REU: INSPIRE U2 - Summer 2020
NSF REU: INSPIRE U2 provides a learning pathway that will set underrepresented female students on a track towards advanced degrees and careers in statistical fields. Paid undergraduate summer research opportunity. Held at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. 

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.

APPAM Regional Student Conference - April 5-6, 2020 & April 24-25, 2020
APPAM regional student conferences, California April 5-6, 2020 and DC April 24-25, 2020. During these conferences, students present research across a wide variety of policy areas (including economic policy areas) and serve on conference panels with their peers. Participating students receive feedback and have opportunities to network and make connections with a diverse group of policy professionals. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Promoting Inclusion in Economic Research (PIER) - April 18, 2020
This conference will bring undergraduate students from a range of institutions together at Williams College to share their research and engage in networking and mentoring activities.  The conference aims to promote economic research by and professional development of undergraduate students whose identities or life experiences are under-represented in the field of economics. 

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.

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.