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

Launched in 2017, the Chicago Research Fellows Program gives the best and brightest young economists in the world rare opportunities to explore their interests and build rigorous analytical skills prior to assuming their academic appointment. With financial support and freedom from teaching responsibilities, fellows are able to leverage BFI’s unparalleled intellectual resources, expertise, and collaborative community to grow into superbly productive scholars. Find a list of current and past Fellows here.

BFI offers two opportunities for 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