Visiting Research Fellowship at the American Institute for Economic Research

The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) helps individuals take action to improve their economic and financial well-being by providing factual, unbiased research and analysis.

We are now looking for social science researchers trained in economics and allied disciplines.  Our general areas of research interest are:

  • behavioral economics,
  • business cycles,
  • technology and innovation,
  • regional economics,
  • small business economics.

As a Visiting Research Fellow (VRF) you are required to contribute to this research agenda. The research questions that you pose would be expected to yield results that are of practical significance and use to ordinary people. 

In particular, within the above mentioned fields, we are interested in research in the following areas:

  • Macroeconomics: business cycles, industrial competitiveness, or technology and innovation.
  • Personal-finance and behavioral economics.
  • Housing finance.
  • Education and careers: decision-making at the household level. For example, research regarding the inputs to decision-making regarding career choice, career development, investments in education, and training.
  •  Small-business economics: start-up decision, an evaluation of alternative investments, collaborative and cooperative arrangements for reducing small business costs, and the uses of credit and debt.

These questions are intended to suggest the Department’s areas of interest, and to provide candidates with clear and specific examples of what we mean by the research areas of interest and the types of research results we are interested in.  That is, this is not an exhaustive list.  We are interested in all creative and clearly articulated research proposals that advance this research agenda.

Authors of selected research proposals will be invited to spend time on our campus in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and to participate fully in the research life of AIER. We expect Visiting Research Fellows to give seminars on their research while they are visiting AIER, to submit a working paper for the AIER Working Papers series, and to write 1-3 research or issue briefs, based on their research, for our membership and readers.


Visiting Research Fellows may start at any mutually agreed time during the year. See application deadlines below.

Research residencies generally run up to three months.

Visa Support

AIER does not sponsor visa applications for foreign nationals. However, foreign nationals are welcome to apply if they have employment authorization in the United States.

Computer facilities and desk space

Visiting Research Fellows will be provided with an AIER login and email address, enabling them to use computer facilities at AIER. We will provide a desk space as well as access to all AIER facilities, including data, computer resources and information resources at the Institute library.


Visiting Research Fellow applications are considered three times a year.  The deadline for the Fall term is 11:59 p.m. EST on May 1; the deadline for the Spring term is 11:59 p.m. EST on October 1; the deadline for the Summer term is 11:59 p.m. EST on February 1.

Proposals must be received by AIER by the deadlines outlined above and must be submitted following the guidelines contained in Appendix A. You will be advised of the outcome of your application within four weeks after the deadline.

Level of Funding

AIER will provide VRF the following: monthly stipend, one round-trip transportation from VRF’s home, housing on campus, lunch on weekdays.

Evaluation of Proposals

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Alignment with RFP goals
  • Research design
  • Innovation
Application date
1 Oct 2017
Up to 3 months
America United States New England
Social sciences Economics Psychology & Cognitive Sciences
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years