The Economics Department

Undergraduate Research in Economics

Undergraduate Research in Economics Fellowship

The fellowship program provides a unique opportunity for UT undergraduate Economics majors to get involved with academic-quality research. It has proven to be a great resource for undergraduates considering graduate studies in economics and related fields, careers in research-intensive industries, or writing a senior thesis. Qualified undergraduates are matched to research projects authored by PhD candidates in the Economics Department.  Fellows are able to participate in research topics spanning all fields of economics, including industrial organization, macroeconomics, econometrics, education economics, labor economics, and health economics.  Previous research topics include how frequently patients pay out-of-pocket for COVID-19 testing, the drivers of female labor supply, the role of information in loan modifications, and the impact of price supports on crop diversity in India.  In addition to participating in active research, fellows receive direct, one-to-one mentorship from PhD students in navigating research-oriented careers and graduate applications.  



Any enrolled undergraduate UT Economics major is eligible to apply. Completion of ECO 441K Econometrics is helpful but not required. Those who are considering graduate studies in economics and related fields, careers in research-intensive industries, or are writing a senior thesis are strongly encouraged to apply.



The online application is available here at the start of each semester in fall, spring, and summer. The deadline to submit an online application for the fall 2021 semester is Tuesday September 14, 2021. The information requested in the application will help identify the best fits for each project. Spots will be limited. Applicants will be evaluated based on their coursework, technical skills, and research interests. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and selected candidates will be contacted by the end of September to schedule an interview.


What to Expect

Upon acceptance to the program, fellows will first learn about the project to which they have been matched and about the existing literature on that subject. Fellows will then commence work on the project, with duties ranging from data collection to preliminary analysis. These projects will be formed into papers and submitted to academic journals. The commitment is approximately 50 hours for the semester (4-5 hours a week) throughout the semester, and includes a $200 scholarship upon successful completion of the program.


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