Grad Student Fellowship Summer & Fall 2018 J-PAL Global

Graduate Student Fellowship for Summer and Fall 2018 – J-PAL Global
Start Date June 01, 2018

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT’s economics department is offering a fellowship with financial support (tuition assistance of up to $12,000 and a stipend of $13,000) for one semester (approximately 4.5 months) for current PhD students. While preference will be given to students from economics programs, graduate students from other disciplines with strong quantitative and programming skills (STATA, R etc.) are welcome to apply. During the fellowship, students will work with some of J-PAL’s 150 affiliated professors from dozens of universities around the world, re-analyzing RCTs from scratch (starting with the creation of the data set from “raw survey” data, up to production of the final econometric analysis included in the working papers). The purpose of this fellowship is create a collaborative environment for reproducing and replicating the data analyses included in these studies.

Fellows will work under the overall guidance and supervision of JPAL’s Manager for Research Transparency, and in collaboration, where necessary, of the authors of the original paper.

Summer Fellows:

Students are offered an award of $2,000 for each completed replication. We expect each student to complete at least two replications. Summer fellows will start on or around June 1. High-performing fellows may be eligible for an extension of the fellowship during subsequent semesters.

Fall Fellows:

The fellowship will last one semester with the students expected to work remotely from their host university. Fall fellows will start on or around September 1. High-performing fellows may be eligible for an extension of the fellowship during subsequent semesters.

Please indicate your preference for the Summer or Fall Fellowship in your application.

Visa sponsorship: J-PAL cannot provide visa sponsorship for this fellowship and fellows must be authorized to receive tuition support or stipends from J-PAL. J-PAL will work with Fellows’ universities where appropriate.

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How To Apply

The required application materials include one supporting letter from the student’s faculty adviser (please specifically address the student’s skills in data analysis and programming and interest in RCTs), a CV, and a statement of purpose outlining your interest in J-PAL’s research and research transparency more broadly.
Please complete you application in the J-PAL/IPA Common Application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Graduate Student Fellowship for Summer and Fall 2018 – J-PAL Global”. This is where you will complete the application process. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. If you have any questions about this fellowship, please contact James Turitto (, Research Manager at J-PAL Global.Hiring timeline:

Close Application Period: March 5 at 11:59pm
Application Review: March 5-9
Initial Interviews: March 12-16
Second Round Interviews: March 19-23
Announcement: March 30

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