Becker Friedman Institute
for Research in Economics
The University of Chicago

Research. Insights. Impact. Advancing the Legacy of Chicago Economics.

Research Fellow Opportunities

The Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics at the University of Chicago will seek nominations of candidates for prestigious post-doctoral positions for the 2017–18 year.

Nominations proposing potential candidates will be accepted between October 1, 2016 and February 15, 2017.

The institute offers positions to applicants who demonstrate the ability to generate outstanding research in economics. We are particularly focused on attracting scholars who seek to broaden their research interests while maintaining a commitment to rigorous analysis. 

Details“The Becker Friedman Institute is a great intellectual environment...I can’t point to a single factor that I wish I had here that I don’t. With (all of the) connections to resources, faculty, and seminars, coming to BFI is coming to the whole of the University of Chicago.” – Mohammad Akbarpour, Research Fellow

One- to two-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.

These programs are designed to offer the freedom to explore promising lines of inquiry without teaching responsibilities. Fellows receive generous research funding, and enjoy the time and opportunities to interact with faculty and visitors, while leveraging the rich collaborative environment and unparalleled resources of the University of Chicago. It is expected that fellows will pursue original work on significant questions in economics during their residency.

Nomination Process

Candidates should be proposed by faculty under whom they have studied. We encourage faculty researchers to nominate top students and share this opportunity with colleagues. Nominations should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letters of reference
  • A brief description of the current research
  • A short statement that outlines the areas of economics and related fields that are of primary interest
  • Summary of research project or projects to be explored

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For more information, please email us or call 773.834.2524.