Intellectual Destination

We’re proud to host elite researchers from around the globe as Chicago Research Fellows, Distinguished Fellows, and Visiting Scholars.

We also offer other flexible opportunities for visiting graduate students (including Price Theory Scholars, postdoctoral researchers, and associated scholars) to expand their research interests and experience in the uniquely vibrant Chicago economics community under the auspices of the institute.

Chicago Research Fellows

The Chicago Research Fellows in Economics offers early career economists who have completed their doctorates an opportunity to explore research interests and further analytical skills. Through the program at the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics, fellows are able to leverage UChicago’s intellectual resources, expertise, and collaborative community to grow as scholars. Find a list of current and past Fellows here.

BFI offers two opportunities Chicago Research Fellows: (1) an established program for newly minted economics PhDs to immerse themselves in vital economic inquiry of the University of Chicago, and (2) a new program for early career faculty on sabbatical during third or fourth year of post doctoral work.

“The institute is constantly bringing together this amazing set of visitors with the community at the University of Chicago. You get applied researchers talking with economic theorists talking with macroeconomists talking to microeconomists talking to trade economists. That is of tremendous benefit, to me and to the profession.”

Benjamin Brooks, Former Chicago Research Fellow

Chicago Research Fellows will be uniquely positioned to leverage the rich collaborative environment and unparalleled resources of the University of Chicago to pursue original work on significant questions in economics.

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Distinguished Fellows

BFI’s Distinguished Fellows visit the University for extended periods, participating actively in the institute’s intellectual community and playing leadership roles in research initiatives. The outstanding scholars serve three-year appointments.

Current Distinguished Fellows can be found on our Scholars page


Visiting Scholars

Acclaimed scholars from around the world visit the Institute to collaborate and connect with the institute’s community of researchers. Rich interactions here cultivate extraordinary research. The Visiting Scholars program invites scholars to conduct lectures on their current work, hold workshops during extended visits, and provide opportunities for collaborations with faculty and students.

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“BFI’s visiting scholars program and its vast schedule of academic workshops has made UChicago an intellectual destination for economists from around the world.”

Erik Hurst, V. Duane Rath Professor of Economics and John E. Jeuck Faculty Fellow; Deputy Director, Becker Friedman Institute