epic Predoctoral Fellowships

The Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC) invites applications for full-time pre-doctoral fellows for the academic year 2019-20. An interdisciplinary research and training center at the University of Chicago, EPIC is contributing innovative solutions to the global energy challenge: how can we ensure that people around the world, today and in the future, have access to reliable, affordable energy needed for human development without putting our health, environment and climate at risk? Previous results from EPIC projects have been influential with policymakers worldwide and featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other leading publications.

Successful candidates will report to Thomas Covert, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Ryan Kellogg, Professor and Deputy Dean, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Their research will focus on industrial organization and contract design in the oil and gas industry.

Responsibilities span all stages of research, including managing projects, collecting and analyzing data, creating presentations, and editing manuscripts. Typical research projects for this position will involve the analysis of environmental and energy data from the United States 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 similar positions have gone on to Economics Ph.D. programs at Harvard, MIT, University of Chicago, University of California, Berkeley, Princeton, LSE, and similar schools upon completion of this program.   

Applications for the fellowship are reviewed in fall and winter cycles. The fall deadline is November 18th, with final decisions made around December 15th. The winter deadline is March 3rd, with final decisions made around March 22nd.

Applicants must have completed a Bachelors or Master’s degree by June 2019 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 on June 1, 2019 and work for EPIC for one or two years before applying to graduate school in Economics or another quantitative social science.  EPIC offers competitive salary and employee benefits. 

Frequently Asked Questions

I have grown so much as both a thinker and researcher since I started working for Ryan. I am now more sure than ever that I will be pursuing a PhD in Economics. Ryan has always been so approachable as a PI and has taken the time to ensure I understand how to perform sound economics research and that I’m working efficiently and effectively. The community surrounding EPIC is so friendly and supportive that even a young researcher like me feels as if I have a voice and important ideas to contribute to the energy policy world.