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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in cooperation with the American Statistical Association (ASA), under a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), offers our Research Fellow Program. The program's objective is to facilitate collaboration between academic scholars and government researchers in survey methodology, statistics, economics, and social sciences. Research Fellows are provided the unique opportunity to address some of the complex methodological problems and analytic issues relevant to BLS programs. Fellows will conduct research in residence at BLS, use BLS data and facilities, and interact with BLS staff.

Fellowship applicants should have a recognized research record and considerable expertise in their area of proposed research. Applicants must submit a detailed research proposal, which will be evaluated on the applicability of the research to BLS programs, the value of the proposed research to science, and the quality of the applicant's research record. We encourage potential applicants to contact us before submitting a proposal to discuss how to best focus their work to meet BLS research needs. Qualified women and members of minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Budgets submitted for Fellowships may include the following: Salary, Fringe benefits, Travel necessary for the work and to attend conferences,
Travel to and from Washington, DC, Housing while in Washington, DC, and Research Support.

Applicants should have an established research record in their field. They must be employed by a U.S. institution of higher learning or a non-profit institution and are expected to retain their position for the duration of the fellowship.

We are looking for research topics related to BLS work, such as: Statistical Methodology and Computing, Economic Measurement and Research, and
Behavioral Sciences. We find the greatest benefit when applicants work with BLS staff members to identify a mutually agreeable project before submitting a proposal. Applicants who want to know if their area of expertise is needed at BLS should contact Daniel Yang, Wendy Martinez, or Polly Phipps, who can identify an appropriate BLS contact.

The application deadline is January 3, 2020. Final decisions will be made in mid-April 2020. Contact Daniel Yang, the BLS coordinator, for further information about the program.  yang.daniel@bls.gov  (202) 691-7530

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