EPIC Pre-doctoral Fellowship


Each year, The Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC) accepts a number of full-time pre-doctoral fellows to work closely with its faculty on a specific research projects. Successful candidates will report to either Michael Greenstone, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and Director of EPIC, another EPIC faculty affiliate, or work with the Climate Impact Lab under the direction of Michael Greenstone. 

Responsibilities span all stages of research, including managing projects, collecting and analyzing data, creating presentations, and editing manuscripts. Typical research projects involve the analysis of environmental and energy data from the United States, India, China, and other countries utilizing quasi-experimental and experimental methods, as well as development of computational economic models of energy markets. In addition to working closely with faculty as research assistants, pre-doctoral fellows typically attend classes and seminars at EPIC, the University of Chicago, and affiliate institutions.

The program is intended to serve as a bridge between college and graduate school for students interested in empirical economics. People in this or similar positions have gone on to Economics Ph.D. programs at Harvard, MIT, University of Chicago, University of California, Berkeley, and similar schools upon completion of this program (see the Alumni section for details).

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor's or Master’s degree by June 2018 and have strong quantitative and programming skills. Candidates with research experience are strongly preferred, especially those with experience in Stata, R, Python or Matlab. The ideal candidate would begin in the summer of each year and work at EPIC for two years before applying to graduate school in Economics or another quantitative social science. EPIC offers competitive salary and employee benefits.