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Center For Financial Research
Summer Research Fellow Program

Last Updated: March 9, 2021

The Program

The Center for Financial Research is pleased to offer emerging scholars in the field of banking the opportunity to join the Summer Fellows Program. The program targets PhD students who have completed their qualifying examinations and have well-developed research toward finishing their PhD.

Throughout the program, Research Fellows are encouraged to continue their dissertation work and build research relationships with FDIC colleagues. Summer Research Fellows participate in seminars and informal lunchtime presentations of research, engage with FDIC staff on research, and present their own research at the end of the summer. The Summer Research Fellows are expected to benefit from institutional knowledge of FDIC staff, expertise on modeling, presentation opportunities, and exposure to FDIC policy work. The FDIC benefits from Fellows’ insights and from developing relationships with emerging scholars, expanding the reach of the CFR research network, and promoting careers at the FDIC.

Why Join the FDIC?

As a recent Summer Fellow stated:

  • “The Center for Financial Research at the FDIC has one of the most welcoming and collaborative environments I have ever experienced; my summer was like being in a department full of helpful and eager advisors who were able to offer not only feedback on my research, but also provide advice on framing, presentation, and career paths… and has led to potential future collaborations.”

Dissertation stage students should consider joining the FDIC as a Summer Research Fellow to benefit from the FDIC staff’s vast institutional knowledge of data and policies and expertise on modeling, take advantage of presentation opportunities, gain exposure to FDIC policy work, and learn from experts in banking policy, banking data, and economic methods.

The Summer Research Fellows Program runs for eight to 12 weeks during the summer. Depending on need and availability, fellows may remain in a traditional intern role following completion of the summer program. The Summer Research Fellows Program recruits in part through the American Economic Association Summer Economics Fellows Program, designed to advance the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in the economics profession.

If you have any questions or interest, please contact our recruiting coordinator Catherine Spencer at (202) 898-6889.