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Fellowships to USA Individuals for Research Related to Retirement Income Security

Undergraduate Fellowship Program

GrantWatch ID# 200298
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Center for Retirement Research at Boston College

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York CityNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashington, DCWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/01/23

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA undergraduate students for research related to retirement income security. This program will provide fellows with research experience and mentorship, as well as provide academic and professional guidance and support. Students from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are encouraged to apply. The Fellowships are full-time paid summer research assistantships with the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College for 8-12 weeks. On-campus housing is available at no cost if needed.

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College is sponsoring a new summer research program for undergraduate students in a variety of disciplines.  The Fellowship program, funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration, combines hands-on research experience with one-on-one mentoring from senior Center researchers.

The program aims to help spark interest in the field of retirement income security and build career pathways for students, including those from historically underrepresented or underserved backgrounds.

The Fellows’ day-to-day activities will involve assisting Center researchers with their ongoing projects through literature reviews, data collection, and data analysis.

Fellows will be assigned a mentor from the Center’s senior research team who best matches their specific interests.  The mentors will help develop and hone their skills, introduce them to topical policy issues, and offer guidance on academic and career goals and opportunities.

The Center will provide an orientation session for the Fellows to introduce them to the Center's work, and will sponsor a lunchtime speaker series on retirement security and careers in research and public service.


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Additional Criteria for Eligibility
The program is open to undergraduate students at all U.S. colleges and universities, with a focus on individuals interested in academic disciplines broadly related to the Center’s core research in retirement income security. In addition to economics, finance, and public policy, these areas could include computer science, health, international studies, mathematics, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Historically underserved or underrepresented individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. These include, but are not limited to, first-generation college students and students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions.

Pre-Application Information
The application deadline is January 31, 2023 for the summer 2023 program.

Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews. Fellows will be notified by March 31. Fellows must follow Boston College’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Number of Grants
Up to four Fellows will be chosen.

Term of Contract
Fellowships are full-time paid summer research assistantships with the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College for 8-12 weeks.

Contact Information
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Please contact Marina Tsiknis with any questions at 617-552-1092 or

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