Predoctoral Research Assistant Projects

Prof. Zack Cooper talking to RAs

Alongside the establishment of the new Tobin Center for Economic Policy at Yale, the Yale Economics Department is establishing a predoctoral research assistant (RA) program. These RAships are open to graduates holding a recent BA, BS or Masters degree in economics or a closely related field. We invite applicants to apply using the application form.

Successful candidates will be appointed as Research Associates, a position similar to a “post-doc,” but for predoctoral candidates. These positions most typically involve work on empirical projects involving data and/or computation and/or statistical analysis, but they may also involve economic theory or qualitative research. The research projects associated with currently open RA positions are described below.

Each of these RAships involves assisting a particular Yale faculty member (or group of faculty) on the described research and on related projects (see the full list of projects below). In addition to working closely with Yale faculty, the program provides formal training and mentoring, as well as membership in a group of peer RAs working on different projects. Positions are for an initial one-year appointment, with a possible second-year renewal.

Conveniently located on the high-speed rail line between Boston and New York, New Haven is a vibrant small city with major cultural resources and an affordable cost of living. At Yale, precursor programs to this one have attracted an interesting and diverse group of RAs who have gone on to success in Ph.D. programs and elsewhere. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

Interested applicants can find more information on the application form page.

Note to international applicants: The predoctoral RA positions are available to international applicants (unless otherwise indicated in an individual project description) and may be sponsored on a J-1 visa. If applicable, students eligible for F1-Optional Practical Training (OPT) are encouraged to use this visa if granted a fellowship and should speak to their current international student advisor.

Applications are accepted until positions are filled or withdrawn. New RA listings may continue to be posted, while filled positions will be removed. Address any questions or concerns to the Department of Economics.

Predoctoral Research Assistant Projects

Frequently Asked Questions

The positions begin July 1 of any given year.

Yes, the research assistantships are paid working positions and research assistants are considered full-time Yale employees.

Yes, research assistants qualify for the same benefits as Yale postdoctoral fellows, including health, dental, and paid time off. A complete list of benefits can be found on the Yale postdoctoral benefits page.

Yes, you can apply despite not having completed your Masters.

Yes, research assistants can either audit courses (with permission of the course instructor), or take a class for credit (for a fee). In fact, it is highly encouraged that research assistants do so. Additional information about auditing a course can be found on this Yale Handbook page.

The RAships are intended for the research assistants to work on-site with the faculty project lead. It is to the benefit of both the research assistant the faculty member to interact with each other in person to gain a more meaningful experience. While working remotely is becoming much easier, the opportunity is greatly enriched being at Yale.

Yes, applicants are asked to rank their top-three research positions during the application process.

No, you only need to include one cover letter expressing the projects you are interested in applying to

Yes, as long as you fall within the criteria of the position.

Due to limitations on the application system, it is asked that you proved a share link to your sample coding where faculty members can access your files.

Yes, predoctoral RA positions are available to international applicants (unless otherwise indicated in a project description) and will be sponsored on a J-1 visa. If you are eligible for Optional Practical Training, you are encouraged to use that during the fellowship and you should speak to your current international student advisor.

No, research assistants hired for a position will be responsible for providing their own travel, moving and miscellaneous costs.

The postdoctoral fellowship uses the Interfolio online system to process your application. If you run into technical issues when creating your dossier, please do one of the following:

  • Visit the Help for Your Dossier page.

  • Use the Contact Us chat button in the lower right-hand corner of your dossier page.
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  • Submit a help ticket using the Support button in the lower right-hand corner of the Help for Your Dossier page.
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The postdoctoral fellowship uses the Interfolio online system to process your application. You can access the system by going to the Yale Economics Research Assistantship page.