Visitors & Fellows

BFI is an intellectual destination for the world's best scholars in economics and related fields, who come together to share perspectives that spark new ideas.

Intellectual Destination

We’re proud to host elite researchers from around the globe as Saieh Family Fellows in Economics, 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.

Saieh Family Fellows in Economics

The Saieh Family Fellows in Economics program offers early-career economists who have completed their doctorates an opportunity to explore research interests and to further develop their analytical skills in a highly collaborative, intellectual environment. Through the program, fellows are able to leverage UChicago’s intellectual resources, expertise, and collaborative community to grow as scholars.

The Saieh Family Fellows in Economics program is named in recognition of the generous support of UChicago trustee and alumnus Alvaro Saieh, who permanently endowed the program in 2019 through a generous gift to the University of Chicago. The program builds on the Chicago Research Fellows program, which was established in 2017, and an earlier postdoctoral program.

The Saieh Family Fellows program has attracted leading early-career scholars from around the world, and past fellowship recipients now hold faculty positions at Chicago Booth and the University’s Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics, Stanford University, Harvard University, Princeton University, and Northwestern University.

Find a list of current and past Fellows here.

“These young scholars represent the next generation of leaders in the field of economics, and we are thrilled to offer them the opportunity to work alongside the many brilliant economists at the University of Chicago, where they can hone their skills and sharpen their thinking.”

Alvaro Saieh  AM’76, PhD’80

Saieh Family 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, Frank P. and Marianne R. Diassi Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and John E. Jeuck Faculty Fellow, Booth School of Business; Deputy Director, Becker Friedman Institute


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