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Herb Scarf Summer Research Opportunities Application Form

The application form will open on Monday, February 22, 2021, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until Friday, March 5, 2020. Faculty will aim to inform students receiving RAships of their status by Friday, March 12.

Herbert Scarf

Herb Scarf Summer Research Opportunities in Economics is a program designed to give you a chance to get directly involved in the ongoing research of your professors. Working closely with a professor, you will get a better idea of what “doing research” actually means, and why your professors view it as worthwhile. You will also have an opportunity to learn, through practical experience, some of the skills associated with the process of doing research.

Participating students (Scarf RAs) will be required to work 160 hours on their faculty mentor’s research project from June 1 to July 23 (or other dates mutually agreed upon with the student’s faculty mentor) and participate in the supplemental research and social activities organized by the Program Directors.

At the conclusion of the program, students will be required to submit a short final report (approximately two pages) summarizing their research activities and providing feedback on the program. Participants will be paid a stipend of $3,300, dispersed in two equal installments (one at the beginning of the program; one after the final report is submitted).

A list of current and previous Herbert Scarf Summer Research Opportunity projects are posted here.

To apply for a project, students should submit an application form below along with an uploaded curriculum vita (or resume) and a brief cover letter explaining why you are interested in the project. The respective professor(s) will receive an email of your application, curriculum vita, and cover letter. Undergraduate Registrar in the Department of Economics, Qazi Azam, will also receive a copy of your application materials. 

Note: Students may apply to at most four projects (one application per project). Any student who has not previously participated in the program may apply, but students who have completed more of the required coursework in economics (particularly the core courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics) are more likely to possess the quantitative skills that professors find useful in conducting research. Scarf RA positions are not available to seniors (Class of 2021) or students visiting Yale during the academic year.