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NBER Fellowships in Aging and Health Research

We will award up to three Post-Doctoral Fellowships for the 2019-2020 academic year. APPLICATION DETAILS

We will award up to eight Pre-Doctoral Fellowships for the 2019-2020 academic year. APPLICATION DETAILS

NBER's Fellowship Program in Aging and Health Research, funded by the National Institute on Aging and NBER, under the direction of Professors Amy Finkelstein and David Cutler, gives outstanding early-career economists and graduate students exposure to a wide range of NBER research projects related to the economics of aging and health care. Participating fellows pursue independent research while benefitting from

  •  Opportunities for regular interaction with the Bureau's large network of prominent investigators working in this field

  •  Inclusion in the vibrant research community at NBER, and in Cambridge more broadly, with many relevant seminar series

  •  Excellent group of young scholars

  •  Invitations to attend and participate in the NBER Summer Institute Workshops on Aging and Health Care, with opportunity to hear cutting edge research and interact with scholars from across the US and beyond

  •  Access to NBER's extensive data collection, including Medicare data, with full-time IT support

Successful applications will respond to NIH priorities for Health Economics Research, and propose projects in which health outcome and behaviors are the primary focus, with a clear and explicit connection to an improved understanding of health. (

Applicants must be US Citizens or permanent residents at the start of the fellowship. This includes noncitizen nationals of the United States. Applicants with a student or other temporary visa are not eligible for this program.

NBER strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans.

Deadline: December 9, 2018

Major Themes of NBER Research on Aging and Health

  •  Trends in Health and Disability
  •  Geographic Variation in Health and Life Expectancy
  •  Determinants of Health and Health Disparities
  •  Health Care Resource Allocation and Productivity
  •  Health Behaviors and Health
  •  Interventions to Improve Health
  •  Health Investments and Care
  •  Implications of Health Policy Reform
  •  Health and Work Capacity at Older Ages
  •  Interactions Between Health and Financial Wellbeing
  •  The Value of Medical Innovation
  •  International Comparisons of Health and Aging
  •  Pain Management and Opioid Use

2018-2019 Training Fellows in Aging and Health Research
Post-Doctoral Fellow in Aging and Health Economics

Josh Feng, PhD Harvard 2018
Jessica Van Parys, PhD Columbia University 2015

Post-Doctoral Fellows in Economics of an Aging Workforce

Andrew Garin, PhD Harvard 2018

Pre-Doctoral Fellows in Aging and Health Research

Ashvin Gandhi, Harvard (Economics)
Dan Ly, Harvard (Health Policy)
Jennifer Kao, Harvard (Public Policy)
Tamar Oostrom, MIT (Economics)
Will Schpero, Yale (Health Policy and Management)
Julia Dennett, Harvard (Health Policy)
Aileen Devlin, MIT (Health, Public Finance)
Annie Hines, University of California, Davis (Economics)

See also – Fellows in Disability Policy Research

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