Visiting Research Fellowship

AIER’s Visiting Research Fellows Program enables experienced academic and business professionals to conduct research at the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) campus located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. AIER offers an excellent research environment and resources, including an extensive library and office facilities. Applicants must make a compelling case regarding how their work will complement and enhance AIER’s mission, with realizable research objectives. Joint projects are welcome.


Successful applicants will be professionals with a Doctoral degree and/or a combination of education and experience in Economics, Business, Finance or related field commensurate with producing a publication-quality research product relevant and important to AIER’s audience.

Stipend, Room & Board:

AIER offers a stipend commensurate with the Visiting Research Fellow’s professional background and experience. We will reimburse one roundtrip economy class travel expense from the Fellow’s home to Great Barrington.


AIER hosts Visiting Research Fellows on campus for the duration of the research visit. Weekday lunch is provided, but breakfast and dinner and all weekend meals are the responsibility of the Fellow.

Relationship with AIER:

Visiting Research Fellows are expected to participate fully in the research life of AIER, for example through attending AIER research seminars and other events organized by AIER. We expect Visiting Research Fellows to give seminars on their research while they are visiting AIER, and to submit a final paper for publication by AIER.


Visiting Research Fellows may start at any mutually agreed time during the year. See application deadlines below.


Research visits run between one and three months, but shorter visits for senior scholars will also be considered.

Computer facilities and desk space:

Visiting Research Fellows will be provided with an AIER login and email address, enabling them to use computer facilities at AIER. We will provide a desk space as well as access to all AIER facilities, including data and computer resources and information resources at the Institute library.

How to apply:

Visiting Research Fellow applications are considered three times a year.  The deadline for the Fall term is 11:59 p.m. EST on May 1; the deadline for the Spring term is 11:59 p.m. EST on October 1; the deadline for the Summer term is 11:59 p.m. EST on February 1. Applications should be submitted electronically to VRF[at]aier[dot]org.

You will be advised of the outcome of your application within four weeks after the deadline. 

Your application should include the following:

  1. A cover letter including your contact details, the preferred timing of the visit, and a short summary of the expected contribution of your visit to AIER;
  2. Research plan for your visit;
  3. Curriculum Vitae;
  4. Writing Sample;
  5. List of references.

Visa Support:

AIER does not sponsor visa applications for foreign nationals. However, foreign nationals are welcome to apply if they have employment authorization in the United States.

Contact details:

Please direct any inquiries about the Visiting Research Fellows Program to:

Dr. Natalia V. Smirnova, AIER Assistant Director of Research and Education: Natalia.Smirnova[at]aier[dot]org.