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The Stigler Center's Affiliate Fellows Program is a non-resident, 3-year appointment designed to strengthen and cultivate a multidisciplinary community of scholars worldwide working on political economy, regulatory capture, and competitive markets. The Fellowship supports the research of up-and-coming academics in diverse fields, including economics, law, political science, public policy, and other related disciplines. Read more about the current cohort here.

Fellows attend an annual, invite-only, in-person conference in Chicago to discuss and improve their early research ideas. The conference brings together academics from different backgrounds to exchange experiences and spur new collaborations to shape the future of the field of political economy broadly defined. Fellows also participate in an online monthly workshop to receive feedback on their work-in-progress articles and have access to the Stigler Center Working Paper Series and to to disseminate their research.

New Fellows will join previously-appointed cohort annually.



For the 2024 application, the Stigler Center seeks applications for the program from pre-tenure scholars based at institutions outside the US. Completion of all requirements for a Ph.D. or equivalent degree (includes JD) is required at the time of appointment.

The Stigler Center is committed to expanding the voices contributing to the field of political economy. To that end, the Center actively seeks applications from academics outside the economics and finance disciplines and academics from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the academic field.

Fellowship Program Benefits

  • Fellows attend an annual closed in-person conference to develop and discuss early research ideas and create new partnerships with other academics. (Reimbursement for travel costs provided according to university travel policies)
  • Fellows participate in online monthly workshops to both present and receive feedback on their research in a closed environment
  • Fellows have access to the Stigler Center Working Papers Series, the publication, and other Stigler Center resources to help disseminate their research
  • Fellows gain exposure to Chicago Booth research tools, resources, and datasets

  • Fellowship Obligations

  • Attendance at an in-person closed conference in the fall
  • Attendance/presentation at monthly online workshop series
  • Submission of at least one paper per year to the Stigler Center Working Paper Series + matching submission to Working papers must have been presented to the workshop before being accepted by the Center.
  • How to Apply

    To be considered for the fellowship, the following items must be submitted through our online application by the deadline below:

    • Curriculum vitae
    • Cover letter (up to 2 pages) indicating interest
    • Research plan (up to 4 pages), includes potential working papers to be developed during the Fellowship and their respective timelines
    • One representative writing sample
    • One letter of recommendation (may also be e-mailed to  

    Dates and Deadlines

    Finalists will be notified in the spring.

    Statement on Diversity

    We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. Read more about the University’s Statements on Diversity


    For questions about this program, please contact: