Chicago Research Fellows

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.

Postdoctoral Fellows

BFI offers prestigious postdoctoral positions to recent graduates of doctoral programs who demonstrate the ability to generate outstanding research in economics. This fellowship program, currently in its seventh year, offers the best and brightest early-career economists rare opportunities to explore broad interests and build rigorous analytical skills in our vibrant and collaborative economics community.

One-year research opportunities will be awarded to promising scholars who are finishing their final year of doctoral studies or who have completed their doctorate within the past year. Two-year positions may also be available for exceptional candidates. 

Early Career Faculty Fellows

BFI offers a new opportunity for early career faculty in the third or fourth year of postgraduate work from other institutions to spend a year on sabbatical at the University of Chicago to pursue research and the intellectually rich environment of the University of Chicago. Selected faculty are awarded half of their salary during their sabbatical year as part of the Early Career Faculty Fellows program. 

BFI is seeking scholars of exceptional ability, originality, and resourcefulness for this high-caliber program.

“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 Research Fellow

These positions offer:

  • The freedom to explore promising lines of inquiry without teaching responsibilities
  • Time to expand your research horizons and try creative new approaches
  • Generous research funding
  • Monthly interactive sessions or dinners with faculty and former Research Fellows, allowing for informal discussions of work in progress and exchanges of ideas 
  • Frequent opportunities to connect and collaborate with institute visitors and faculty across departments and disciplines
  • Opportunities to organize topical research conferences and host visiting scholars
  • Participation in UChicago’s stimulating economics workshops

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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