The IWPR Graduate Fellowship in Gender Policy Analysis in Economics, 2018-2019

Review will begin July 16, 2018

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, DC, invites applications to the IWPR Graduate Fellowship in Gender Policy Analysis in Economics from students at American University. The recipient of this fellowship will participate in research at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research during the fellowship year.

During the 2018-2019 fellowship, the fellow will work in the Center on the Economics of Reproductive Health at IWPR under the direction of Dr. Kelly Jones (Assistant Professor at American University and Senior Research Economist at IWPR). During the year, the fellow may be invited to participate in other research ongoing at IWPR on a range of topics.[1]

Responsibilities: The fellow will be expected to work 20 hours/week at IWPR during the academic year. The primary tasks will include identifying, preparing, and managing data sets, undertaking data analysis, and contributing to manuscript drafts. Conditional on a high level of contribution to the work, the fellow will be a co-author on the resulting manuscripts, which could serve as one or more papers in the fellow’s dissertation.

Additional research tasks may include literature reviews, information gathering, data visualization, and report preparation. All fellows are responsible for a small amount of shared general office work, such as responding to information requests, arranging project meetings or travel, photocopying, and answering telephones.

Required qualifications:

  • current PhD student of economics who has successfully completed the first year of the program
  • significant experience analyzing large household- or individual-level data sets
  • high level of proficiency in Stata
  • solid understanding of econometric methods for achieving causal identification
  • excellent communication and writing skills

Desired qualifications:

  • interest in and knowledge of issues related to research at IWPR and/or gender analysis in economics
  • experience writing in LaTeX or LyX and/or managing references using JabRef or BibDesk or ZoteroZotero
  • experience working with data from the NLSY and/or NSFG is a plus

Award: This fellowship provides a stipend of $20,000 per academic year and one credit of tuition payment per semester to American University.

Send a letter of interest to The letter should include (in one file): your CV, a sample dofile that best exhibits your highest level of proficiency, a writing sample, and names and contact information for two references.  The review of applications for this fellowship will begin July 16, 2018.

[1] Existing and anticipated research at IWPR includes topics such as: the quality of women’s jobs, including wages, paid sick days, paid family and medical leave, low-wage work, and sex segregation in the labor market; increasing access to higher education and nontraditional jobs for low-income women; the impact of technological change on women’s employment, earnings, and family care work; the economic status of women and girls, women of color, and immigrant women across the United States; women entrepreneurs; the impact of work requirements on women’s ability to receive and use public benefits; and the economic security of older women.