EPIC’s Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program serves as a bridge between college and graduate school to provide those with an interest in economics or another quantitative social science with work experience prior to continuing their education. Fellows work as research assistants for EPIC for one or two year appointments, and work closely with EPIC faculty and staff to conduct data analysis, create presentations, edit research papers, and other tasks as assigned. Upon completing the program, fellows in this or similar positions have gone on to economics Ph.D. programs at Harvard, MIT, The University of Chicago, Princeton, LSE, University of California, Berkeley and similar schools.  

Successful candidates will serve as research assistants for EPIC-affiliated faculty, or work with the Climate Impact Lab under the direction of EPIC Director Michael Greenstone. Responsibilities span all stages of research, including managing projects, collecting and analyzing data, creating presentations and editing manuscripts. Typical research projects involve the analysis of environmental and energy data from the United States, India, China and other countries utilizing quasi-experimental and experimental methods, as well as development of computational economic models of energy markets. In addition to working closely with faculty as research assistants, pre-doctoral fellows typically attend classes and seminars at EPIC, the University of Chicago and affiliate institutions. 

Applicants must have completed a Bachelors or Master’s degree by June 2019 and have strong quantitative and programming skills. Candidates with research experience are strongly preferred, especially those with experience in Stata, R, Python or Matlab. The ideal candidate would begin on June 1, 2019 and work for EPIC for one or two years before applying to graduate school in Economics or another quantitative social science. EPIC offers competitive salary and employee benefits. Learn more and apply here.