DonorsTrust is proud to offer the Dan Searle Fellowships in Economics. The fellowships are the result of a generous grant from the Searle Freedom Trust

The Dan Searle Fellowships in Economics offer the opportunity for newly minted PhDs to spend two years pursuing research as postdoctoral fellows before entering the academic job market. Before applying, applicants must identify an appropriate mentor in a highly ranked economics department and reach a tentative arrangement to spend two years at the prospective host department.

Criteria for selection include dedication to scholarship and teaching, very strong academic qualifications, potential to contribute to intellectual diversity in the academy, a demonstrated interest in policy-relevant research, and the promise of a distinguished academic career. As many as three fellowships will be offered for two-year terms covering the 2014-2016 academic years.

Fellowship awards include an annual stipend of up to $75,000, enrollment in the host university's health insurance, and a modest sum for the host university's expenses. Teaching during the fellowship term is discouraged, but exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis. While details will be negotiated with each host school, fellows will generally be provided with an office and included in workshops and other activities.

To apply, please send the following to dansearlefellows@donorstrust.org:

  • Description of research agenda
  • Statement of commitment to an academic career
  • Description of the tentative hosting arrangement
  • Writing sample of no more than 50 pages
  • Two letters of reference
  • C.V.
  • Graduate school transcripts

Applications must be received by December 31, 2013.

To print out a copy of the guidelines, please click here: Application Guidelines.


Past and Current Dan Searle Fellows in Economics 

2013-2015:

Trevor O'Grady:  Fellow, Harvard University Department of Economics

John W. Welborn:  Fellow, Columbia University Business School

2012-2014:

Zachary Donohew:  Fellow, Texas A&M Department of Agricultural Economics

Jonathan Hall:  Fellow, Northwestern University Department of Economics

Xiaofei (Sophia) Pan:  Fellow, Harvard University Department of Economics