Summer Fellowships: Pursuing Self-Directed, Issues-Oriented Research

The Summer Fellowship Program at Mathematica Policy Research (Mathematica) welcomes doctoral students to spend twelve weeks at one of Mathematica’s office locations. Fellows will work on their own independent research project (typically their dissertation), which will intersect with one or more of Mathematica’s focus areas:

  • International
    • Agriculture
    • Democracy and governance
    • Finance
    • Infrastructure
    • Social protection
    • Water and sanitation


Fellows will be mentored by senior staff, learn about Mathematica and its work, and have the opportunity to shadow Mathematica research projects and proposals. At the conclusion of the fellowship, fellows will present a seminar on their research project. Each fellow will receive a stipend of $10,000, plus $500 in project related expenses. View some of the topics covered by prior visiting summer fellows. 


About Mathematica


Mathematica is dedicated to improving public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on information collection and analysis for our partners and clients. The company has been at the forefront of assessing the effectiveness of policies and programs for over four decades. Our studies and analysis have yielded information to guide decisions in wide-ranging policy areas.



  • The fellowship is designed for full-time students who are within two years of completing their doctorate degree and will not graduate prior to beginning the fellowship.
  • Fellows should have a strong interest in learning more about working in a non-academic environment.
  • During the fellowship period, fellows are required to work in a Mathematica office location for at least three days per week (and are encouraged to work in an office location for as many work days as possible).


Mathematica takes pride in its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Minority students, students with disabilities, military veterans, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.




Applications should be submitted to the Human Resources Department via email at by February 16, 2018. 


Completed applications will include the following:

  • A cover letter that describes your interest in Mathematica, your current research project(s), how your research interests align with Mathematica’s focus areas, how your background and experiences influenced your research interests, and an office preference (if any);
  • A resume or CV;
  • A proposal (2,000 words maximum, excluding exhibits and references) for the research project you plan to pursue during the fellowship, including a statement of the research question, the project’s relevance to social policy, and what progress you plan to make during the fellowship period; and
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from a current faculty advisor.