Predoctoral Fellowship in Economics

Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences

United States


Title -Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

School -Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department/Area- Economics

Position Description

Dr. Winnie van Dijk is seeking to hire a full-time pre-doctoral fellow to start in summer 2021. The Fellow will work on research at the intersection of public and labor economics, including projects related to housing policy, homelessness, and eviction.

The position will be based at Harvard University. The Fellow will work on projects with collaborators such as Professors Raj Chetty, Robert Collinson, Nathan Hendren, John Eric Humphries, Magne Mogstad, and others. They are also invited to join the Opportunity Insights lab environment, with weekly lab meetings, seminars, and other events, and they are invited to participate in broader activities at Harvard, for example by attending seminars or auditing a course (with permission of the instructor).

The position is ideal training for exceptional graduating seniors or masters students with a strong interest in pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics or a related field after acquiring research experience. The fellowship will include a variety of tasks that provide preparation for graduate school, such as collecting and analyzing data, developing statistical models, writing literature reviews, and editing research papers.

Expected start date is during the summer of 2021. This is a full-time position based at Harvard University for a period of one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Salary is competitive.

Candidates for this position would begin around July 1, 2021 and ideally work in this position for two years before applying to graduate school or pursuing other paths.

Basic Qualifications

Applicants should be completing (or have completed) a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in economics or another quantitative discipline (such as, but not limited to, computer science, physics, engineering, or mathematics), have strong quantitative skills, experience with empirical research and a good understanding of econometric methods. Candidates with research experience (e.g. work as a research assistant or independent research) are strongly preferred, especially those with programming experience in Stata, SAS, R, and/or Python. Applications from groups traditionally under-represented in economics are particularly encouraged.

Special Instructions

Please upload a CV; transcript (unofficial is sufficient); one letter of recommendation; and a one-page statement with a description of your research and programming experience and interests. Short-listed applicants will be contacted and asked to complete a technical exercise, and will then be invited to a (remote) interview. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Contact Information

Winnie van Dijk

Contact Email

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 1

Maximum Number of References Allowed 1

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research
  • Transcript
  • Optional Documents

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