Pre-Doctoral Fellowship: Disability Policy Research in Economics

Last Updated on May 26, 2023

Two African-American students looking at economics data on tablet for pre-doctoral fellowship research.
Applications are now being accepted by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Disability Research Center for the 2014-2015 Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Disability Policy Research. These fellowships are funded by the Social Security Administration-Disability Research Consortium and are open to doctoral students in Economics.

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Details

  • 12 month stipend of $22,476 to cover the fellow's tuition at his or her college or university
  • Limit of $12,000 annually, plus health insurance
  • Limited funds for travel and research expenses
  • May be renewed for the following academic year, subject to evaluation by the selection committee


Applicants must be:

  • Enrolled at a North American college or university as a full-time PhD student
  • Recommended by their dissertation supervisor
  • Interested to do research on disability policies

NBER encourages applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds, those with disabilities and those who are from under-represented ethnic or racial groups

How To Apply the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

Candidates must submit his or her resume plus a short research proposal. This proposal must not be more than 3 pages of text and 2 pages of tables and graphs. Applicants must also submit recommendation letters sent directly to Professor David A. Wise at

Application deadline is on April 30, 2014.

Major NBER Research Themes on Disability

  • Administrative Issue
  • Children and SSI
  • DI Program Interactions
  • DI Replacement Rates
  • Dimensions of Health & Disability
  • Disability and Technology
  • Disability Insurance Spending
  • Enrollment Trends
  • Financial Incentives in DI
  • Health, Education & Disability
  • Incidence of Disability Claims
  • International Comparisons
  • Maintaining Employment
  • Program Design & Evaluation
  • Workplace Reintegration

To apply, visit Pre-Doc Fellow in Disability Policy Research page.

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