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CES Dissertation Mentorship Program

CES wants to assist doctoral candidates who are actively engaged in dissertation research in economics, sociology, demography, or a related field using Census Bureau microdata at a Research Data Center.

Program participants receive two principal benefits:

  • One or more CES staff economists are assigned as mentors and advise the participant on the use of Census Bureau microdata.
  • A visit to CES where they meet with staff economists and present research in progress. Trip expenses (airfare, hotel, and meals) will be paid for by CES.

Application Guidelines

Eligible candidates must be

  • Actively working on a Ph.D. thesis in economics or a related field using Census Bureau microdata at a Research Data Center.
  • A U.S. citizen

Required Materials - Submit the following via email to the Mentorship Program Coordinator

  • Contact information, name(s) of faculty advisor, and expected completion date, or a CV with that information.
  • Title and abstract of RDC–based dissertation research, including a description of microdata being used.


  • Acceptance will be on a rolling basis, as funding and staffing resources allow.

  The program has had   participants from   institutions including:

  Columbia University
  Cornell University
  Duke University
  Florida State University
  George Washington University
  Georgia State University
  Georgia Tech
  Harvard University
  Massachusetts Institute of
  Michigan State University
  Stanford University
  Syracuse University
  Texas A&M University
  University of Houston
  University of Illinois at Chicago
  University of Iowa
  University of Maryland
  University of Michigan
  University of Minnesota
  University of Missouri
  University of North Carolina
  University of Pennsylvania
  University of Texas
  University of Virginia
  University of Wisconsin

  Other Opportunities   for Ph.D. Students

Census Bureau Dissertation Fellowship
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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Center for Economic Studies | (301) 763-6460 | E-mail CES |  Last Revised: November 13, 2018