RES Junior Fellowships

RES One Year Economics Junior Fellowship Awards

Since 1995, the Society has invited UK universities to nominate economics students for  one-year junior research fellowships. The number and amount of the fellowship was increased in 2013 to up to ten awards of  £9,500 (£12,500 in London). This sum is paid directly to universities, which should make appropriate arrangements for paying the awards at regular intervals. 

NEWS FOR 2017 The Society has competitively offered one-year Junior Fellowships to doctoral candidates at UK universities each year since 1995. However, the scheme will be suspended for 2017. This decision has been taken reluctantly, but in recognition of the pressure on RES administrative resources during the establishment of the new office in the first half of 2017. When endorsing this decision, the RES Council agreed that the opportunity should be taken to review the Junior Fellowship Scheme in the light of the substantial financial investment made by the Society in this scheme over time. Heads of UK Economics Departments, among others, will be consulted and any changes in the scheme for 2018 and beyond will be advertised on the RES website once the review is complete.

A decision regarding the scheme for 2018 will be made available online towards the end of 2017.

Application process:
Universities are invited by the Secretary-General of the Society to make application for the awards in the Spring of each year via an application form. Applications can only be submitted by the candidate’s Head of Department together with
• A piece of written work no more than 10,000 words in length (including bibliography and tables)
• Transcript of marks awarded for a Master's degree
• Any marks obtained for other postgraduate courses
• Information on teaching experience at University level
• Details of any publications (including submissions)
• One-page outline of future career intentions
• Two confidential referee’s reports
The applications are then assessed by external referees who are members of the RES Council, who together with the Secretary General will make the final a


  • Candidates should have completed at least two years' work towards a doctoral thesis when they take up an award. Those who have already completed their doctorates may also be considered, upon application to the Secretary-General. Deferrals are not usually considered except upon medical grounds.
  • Those awarded Fellowships must undertake a minimum of 30 hours teaching, plus 15 hours preparation time, in the academic year. The maximum amount of teaching (including tutorials/supervisions undertaken for Colleges) is 60 hours, excluding 20 hours preparation time for which students may be paid.
  • Students who already have full financial support for the academic year are not eligible for a fellowship award. The fellowships are intended for full time research and teaching and are not available for part-time PhD study.
  • Those awarded Fellowships must submit a report to the Secretary-General of the Society at the end of the academic year and are now also invited to both attend the RES Annual Conference and submit a research paper to the RES Conference Programme Chair for possible inclusion in a special RES Fellowship conference session. Financial assistance is provided for all Junior Fellowship holders to attend the RES conference.

Junior Fellowship Awards 2016-2017

The RES received 47 applications for this increasingly popular scheme this year from 18 universities (Birkbeck, Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Essex, Lancaster, Leicester, Loughborough, LSE, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading, RHUL, Sheffield, Sussex, UCL and Warwick).  The Society thanks all those who applied and also the panel of referees from the RES Council for their painstaking work.

Congratulations to the eight successful Junior Fellowship candidates for 2016-2017:

  • Arun Advani, University College London, Melting Pot or Salad Bowl: The Formation of Heterogeneous Communities
  • Florian Blum, London School of Economics, Food For Thought: Nutrition and Agricultural Technology
  • Joshua Lanier, Oxford, Monotonic Demand and Expected Utility
  • Stephan E Maurer, London School of Economics, Voting Behaviour and public employment in Nazi Germany
  • Christopher Roth, Oxford, Conspicuous Consumption and Peer Effects: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment
  • Katja Smetanina, Cambridge, Real-time GARCH: Does Current Information Matter?
  • Shixuan Wang, Birmingham, Detecting at most two changes in Linear Regression Models
  • Guo Xu, London School of Economics, How Does Collective Reputation Affect Hiring? Selection and Sorting in an Online Labour Market

Those awarded a Junior Fellowship grant are now also invited to both attend the RES Annual Conference at the end of their research year and submit a research paper to the RES Conference Programme Chair for possible inclusion in an RES Junior Fellowship conference session.

Previous Junior Fellowship awards

2015 Awards

2014 Awards

2013 Awards

2012 Awards

2011 Awards

Enquiries should be addressed to the RES Administrator

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