Graduate Student Fellowship - J-PAL Global

United States
Other advanced degree
Language Requirement 
Length of Commitment 
Less than one year
Start Date 

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT’s economics department announces a fellowship program offering financial support (tuition assistance of up to $12,000 and a stipend of $13,000) for one semester (approximately 4.5 months) for current PhD students. While preference will be given to students from economics programs, graduate students from other disciplines with strong quantitative and programming skills (STATA, R etc.) are welcome to apply. During the fellowship, students will work with some of J-PAL’s 150 affiliated professors from dozens of universities around the world, re-analyzing RCTs from scratch (starting with the creation of the data set from “raw survey” data, up to production of the final econometric analysis included in the working papers). The purpose of this fellowship is create a collaborative environment for reproducing and replicating the data analyses included in these studies.

The fellowship will last one semester with the students expected to work remotely from their host university. Work would start January 2018. High-performing fellows may be eligible for an extension of the fellowship during subsequent semesters. Fellows will work under the overall guidance and supervision of JPAL’s Manager for Research Transparency, and in collaboration, where necessary, of the authors of the original paper.

Visa sponsorship: J-PAL cannot provide visa sponsorship for this fellowship and, fellows must be authorized to receive tuition support or stipends from J-PAL. J-PAL will work with Fellows’ universities where appropriate.

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How to Apply

Applications should be submitted by November 14, 2017 at 11:59PM EST. The required application materials include one supporting letter from the student's faculty adviser (please specifically address the student’s skills in data analysis and programming and interest in RCTs), a CV, and a statement of purpose outlining your interest in J-PAL’s research and research transparency more broadly, sent to [email protected]. Please include as the subject heading "J-PAL Graduate Student Fellowship Application: NAME". Note: Faulty letters should be submitted separately by the faculty advisor to [email protected] with the email subject, “J-PAL Graduate Student Fellowship Letter: NAME”. If you have any questions about this fellowship, please contact James Turitto ([email protected]), Research Manager at J-PAL.