Two-Year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Economics

IWPR encourages applications for a post-doctoral fellowship from individuals from under-represented racial and ethnic groups who are interested in the study of policy issues affecting women.

IWPR conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences.  This two-year fellowship provides the opportunity to contribute to IWPR research projects that inform policies affecting women and their families. The fellow will work in IWPR’s Washington, DC, office with an experienced, multi-disciplinary team of PhD-level researchers and research associates on a variety of topics related to employment, education, income security, work and family, health and safety, and women and girls of color.


Candidates must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. in economics by September 1, 2017, or have received the Ph.D. in economics after January 1, 2014. Applicants must either be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident or already have a valid work permit for the duration of the fellowship. Applicants should submit their applications as soon as possible, but no later than June 15, 2017. Start date is negotiable, preferably by September 15, 2017.

How to Apply

To apply to the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gender and Economics, applicants should submit all application materials in a single Word or PDF file to Applications should include:

  • Letter of interest
  • CV
  • Writing sample
  • 2 letters of reference (may be sent separately by those writing the letters)
  • PhD award information (may be sent separately by institution awarding the degree or Committee Chair)

Applicants should submit their applications as soon as possible, but no later than June 15, 2017. Start date is negotiable, preferably by September 15, 2017. The selected applicant will be contacted no later than July 7, 2017.

Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship in Women and Public Policy

In honor of pioneering feminist economist Mariam K. Chamberlain (MKC), IWPR offers a fellowship in public policy to a promising scholar each year. The Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow contributes to a variety of research projects to inform policies affecting women.

Research areas for 2017-2018:

  • The quality of women’s jobs, including wages, paid sick leave, paid family leave, and workplace flexibility.
  • Increasing access to higher education and non-traditional jobs for low-income women and women with children.
  • Examining socioeconomic supports for women in job training programs, and for college students with children.
  • The economic status of women and girls, women of color, and immigrant women across the United States.

Responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing and compiling literature and information.
  • Collecting, checking and analyzing data.
  • Preparing reports and report graphics.
  • Fact checking and editing.
  • Attending relevant Congressional briefings, policy seminars and meetings.
  • Fellows are responsible for a certain amount of general office work, including tasks such as responding to information requests, photocopying, assisting in maintaining the library and research files, and answering telephones.


  • Applicants should have at least a bachelor’s degree in a social science discipline (such as sociology, psychology, education, or public policy), statistics, economics, mathematics or women’s studies. Graduate work is not required.
  • Applicants should have strong quantitative and library research skills and knowledge of women’s issues; familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel is required.
  • Knowledge of STATA, SPSS, SAS, or graphics software a plus.
  • Qualitative and or survey research experience also a plus.

Compensation for the fellowship is $32,680 before taxes and deductions over the 9-month period.  The fellowship offers health insurance benefits, accrued sick leave and vacation, paid holidays, and a public transportation stipend. The position is full-time and generally spans the academic year (September–May), though starting and ending dates are somewhat flexible.

IWPR is committed to diversity and encourages people of all ethnic, and cultural, economic backgrounds, as well as sexual orientations to apply.

**The 2017-2018 Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship position has been filled**