The Okun-Model Fellowship in the Economic Studies program of the Brookings Institution is designed to offer outstanding economists the opportunity to pursue their own independent research on applied and policy issues in economics over the course of a year at Brookings. Fellows will be in an excellent position to draw on the resources of scholars at Brookings as well as the extended policy community in Washington, DC. Fellows will also be able to participate in workshops and conferences at Brookings.


The Okun-Model Fellowship is designed to assist economists, in particular those who have between two and six years of experience since obtaining their Ph.D. Applications from other candidates will also be considered, but will be accorded lower priority. Candidates should be committed to undertaking research on real-world issues in economics and public policy.

Application Procedure

Though applications are not being accepted, applicants who have met the minimum requirements for the position were contacted to submit additional materials as follows:

  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A short (500 word) research proposal;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Copies of up to five significant publications and working papers.

Preference will be given to candidates:

  • Who have two to six years of experience beyond the Ph.D.
  • With an expressed interest in analyzing applied and policy issues and empirical research.
  • With accessibly written proposals that address important issues in both economics and policy.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Institution particularly encourages applications from women and members of minority groups.

Previous Fellows

Elizabeth Ananat
Jon Bakija
Jeremy Barofsky
Chad Bown
William Collins
Tracy Gordon
Ross Hammond
Melissa Kearney
Louise Keely
Amanda Kowalski
Jens Ludwig
Roberton Wiliams