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NBER offers fellowships for early-career economists and grad students

NBER Pre- and Post-doctoral Fellowships in Aging and Health Economics give trainees exposure to a wide range of NBER research projects related to the economics of aging and health. Pre-doctoral fellows receive a 12-month stipend of $24,816; carrel space and use of computer facilities at the Bureau’s Cambridge office; tuition support; and limited funds for travel and research expenses. Post-doctoral Fellows receive a 12-month stipend of $80,000-$92,500 (depending on years of experience), reimbursement for health insurance, limited research expenses, and an office at the NBER’s Cambridge headquarters. The fellowships are funded by the National Institute on Aging under the direction of David Cutler and Amy Finkelstein.

NBER Pre- and Post-doctoral Fellowships in Retirement and Disability Research encourage research on health, labor, behavioral, and other economic or policy aspects of retirement and disability. Pre-doctoral fellows receive a 12-month stipend of $24,816, as well as tuition support and limited funds for research expenses and travel. Post-doctoral Fellows receive a 12-month stipend of $80,000, reimbursement for health insurance, limited research expenses, and an office at the NBER’s Cambridge headquarters. These fellowships are funded by the Social Security Administration and NBER.

NBER welcomes applications from candidates from under-represented racial and ethnic groups; candidates with disabilities; and/or candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds.

For more information and to apply:

Application deadline for the fellowships is December 9, 2109.

Junior scholars & PhD candidates: Applications open for Sandell Grant and Dissertation Fellowship programs

Funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration, the annual Sandell Grant offers up to three $45,000 grants allowing junior scholars to pursue research projects in, for example, retirement income, older workers, population disability incidence, or retirement well-being.

Also funded by SSA, the Fellowship Program awards up to three $28,000 fellowships to doctoral candidates focusing on retirement issues and enrolled in an accredited U.S. program.

The programs are administered by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. For more information on these opportunities and to apply, visit the Sandell page or the fellowship program page.

Deadline for both programs is January 31, 2020.

21st Annual SSA Retirement and Disability Research Consortium Meeting

The 2019 RDRC meeting was held Thursday, August 1, and Friday, August 2,  at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C.  Papers, abstracts, and slides for most projects presented are now posted.

The schedule included keynote speakers Ron Haskins, Brookings, and Andrew Biggs, American Enterprise Institute.

Join us next year on August 6 & 7 (tentative) for the 22nd Annual RDRC Meeting.

Spring workshops bring researchers to Ann Arbor

MRDRC’s annual researcher workshop took an international turn this year. Read about it in our quarterly newsletter:

MRDRC announces funded 2019 projects

The Michigan Retirement and Disability Research Center awards yearlong research grants to researchers across the nation, the United Kingdom, Asia, and Europe. Visit MRDRC’s Project Page for a list of funded 2019 research, which ranges from investigations of disability insurance use to public pension design.

To align with its new name, the MRDRC has updated its logos, website url, and email address. Email addresses for center staff remain the same, and the MRRC url and email address will redirect to their new equivalents.

New url:

New email address:

Financial Security Research Symposium webcast available

Co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Social Security Administration, this event featured four panels of academic, nonprofit, and governmental experts addressing issues surrounding financial preparedness and retirement security.

If you missed the symposium, the webcast is now available. The schedule is also available.

Link for Panel 1 slides: Assessing Financial Preparedness & Retirement Security

Link for Panel 2 slides: Understanding Social Security

Link for Panel 3 slides: Other Sources of Financial Security

Link for Panel 4 slides: Future Directions for Research

Link for keynote slides: William E. Spriggs

Link for the symposium summary

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