IWPR Doctoral Fellowship in Gender Policy Analysis in Economics

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. The recipient of this fellowship will participate in research at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research during the fellowship year, while enrolled as a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at American University. The fellow is expected to work locally in the IWPR office 20 hours per week, contributing to IWPR research projects, as assigned.

Example areas of research include:

  • The quality of women’s jobs, including wages, paid sick leave, and paid family and medical leave
  • Increasing access to higher education and nontraditional jobs for low-income women
  • Links between women’s reproductive health and economic status
  • The impact of technological changes in the nature of work on women’s employment and earnings
  • The economic status of women and girls, women of color, and immigrant women across the United States

Example responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing literature and/or gathering information
  • Collecting, checking and analyzing data
  • Data visualization and report preparation
  • A limited amount of general office work, including such tasks as responding to information requests, photocopying, and answering telephones.


The duration of the fellowship is one academic year. The fellowship provides one credit of tuition payment per semester, plus an $11,000 stipend per semester.

Eligibility & Qualifications

All PhD candidates in the Department of Economics at American University are eligible to apply. Students who have not yet advanced to candidacy are technically eligible but should be aware that only one credit of tuition is provided. The fellowship may not be held concurrently with a departmental teaching or research assistantship.

Applicants should have:

  • knowledge of women’s issues in the U.S.
  • strong quantitative and research skills
  • expertise with Stata, R, or other relevant statistical package


Application procedure

Selection of the fellow is conducted each Spring prior to the start of the fellowship in the following academic year. To apply, candidates should send a letter detailing their interest in gender policy issues and experience with research in this area, along with a CV and recent writing sample to docfellows@iwpr.org.  All materials should be in one pdf file named AUFellow_20YY_LASTNAME.pdf.

Applications for the following academic year will be reviewed beginning on March 15th (or the first business day after) each year.