Research Fellows

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When you join Kellogg as a Research Fellow, you become part of a community.

Every year, Kellogg offers a limited number of Research Fellow opportunities. These are full-time staff positions that last either 1 or 2 years during which the Fellows gain exposure to current academic research at Kellogg as well as hands-on experience assisting those projects. These are excellent opportunities for anyone who is considering applying to a PhD in a discipline related to business research.

The Fellows who are currently on staff have access to many resources for their professional and academic development. We organize panel discussions on topics such as PhD Admissions and PhD Life specifically for our pre-doctoral audience. We also offer training and advice on advanced computational techniques from the professional experts in our Research Support team. Research Fellows are encouraged to network with Kellogg's PhD students, join reading groups, and of course to take advantage of the rich array of research seminars and guest speakers that take place at Kellogg and Northwestern.

Kellogg is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment. We invest in programs, partnerships, initiatives, and events that unleash the transformative power of diversity and inclusion in the Kellogg community. Thus, we encourage people from underrepresented groups and non-dominant backgrounds to apply their unique contributions to our fellowship program. We are a proud member of the Pathways to Research and Doctoral Careers (PREDOC) consortium. 

How to Apply

Candidates apply for either a Behavioral or an Empirical Research Fellow position, depending on their academic interests. When you apply, you will be asked to provide a cover letter explaining why you are interested in becoming a Research Fellow, your resume or CV, your most recent transcript, and contact information for your references. (Note: We will not contact your references until a later stage of the evaluation process.)

Important Dates

We are no longer accepting applications to join the 2021 cohort.

Please visit us again in October for information sessions and application instructions for the 2022 cohort.

Online Information Sessions

There are no more information sessions scheduled for this application cycle.

Behavioral Research Fellows

As part of the Kellogg Research Support team, Behavioral Research Fellows work with many different Kellogg researchers on a broad set of experimental studies. These researchers tend to come from Kellogg's Management and Organizations, Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences, and Marketing departments. In addition to running studies in one of our Behavioral Labs or online, Fellows have opportunities to work with the research teams on experimental design, study material development, literature reviews, and data analysis.

Apply for Behavioral Position

Empirical Research Fellows

Empirical Research Fellows have the opportunity to work with multiple faculty members on research projects that involve the collection, manipulation, and analysis of data. This work typically requires the Research Fellow to develop strong computational skills and apply them to practical research problems. In addition to statistical programming, one might be asked to automate the collection and preparation of unstructured data, implement sophisticated matching algorithms, or program simulations of a theoretical model.

Apply for Empirical Position

Meet our Research Fellows

These are the current members of the Kellogg Research Fellows community.
Paloma Avendano

Paloma Avendano

BA in Economics and BA in Statistics, University of Rochester

While at the University of Rochester, Paloma worked as a research assistant in an economic history project and at the Health and Environmental Economics Lab. She completed her senior thesis on the impact of paid family leave on the labor market outcomes of mothers.

She intends to pursue a PhD in Economics with a focus on applied microeconomics.


Vladimir Belykh

Specialist degree in Information Security, Bauman Moscow State Technical University

MA Economics, New Economic School

While at the New Economic School, Vladimir worked as a research assistant at the department of Finance and Mathematical Methods in Economics. He comes to the fellowship after nearly a year of working in the banking industry.

He intends to earn a PhD in Finance focusing on asset pricing, trading, market microstructure, and risk modeling.

Jiarui Cao

Jiarui Cao

BS Mathematics, Economics, Boston College

While at Boston College, Lydia worked as a research assistant on projects in macroeconomics and industrial organization.

She intends to pursue a PhD in Economics focusing on industrial organization and innovation.

Joselle Carrillo

Joselle Carrillo

BS Psychology, Ohio State University

While at the Ohio State University, Joselle worked on research projects examining motivation, cognition, and self-affirmation. Her senior thesis focused on self-affirmation knowledge as a buffer for negative feelings following social exclusion.

She intends to earn her PhD in organizational behavior, focusing on inequalities and intergroup dynamics in the workplace.

Zane Chung-Medhi

Zane Chung-Mehdi

BA Psychological Science, Pomona College

While at Pomona College, Zane researched various topics including the role of dehumanization in the context of punishment and how people respond to racial inequality and injustice. His senior thesis investigated how information about the disproportionate impacts of climate change on minority populations influences perceptions of pain sensitivity.

He intends to earn a PhD in Behavioral Science studying moral judgment and decision-making and racial inequality.

Chun He

Chun He

BA Statistics, Xiamen University

MA Economics, Simon Fraser University

MSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, London School of Economics

Before joining Kellogg, Chun gained experience developing algorithmic trading strategies and research in nonparametric statistics. His main passion is to extract information and knowledge from real world financial data. Currently, he uses high frequency econometrics to analyze option data.

Chun intends to pursue a PhD in finance or financial economics, focusing on understanding the information flow implied by high frequency data.

Fellow-4 Amber Johnson

Amber Johnson

BA Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,

MSc, University of Edinburgh,

MS, Northwestern University

Amber has several years of research experience and has served as a teaching assistant for several courses.

Looking ahead, she will continue her research on social cognition, status, group emotions, and intergroup dynamics.

Fellow-Cindy Lu

Cindy Lu

BS Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University

MS Operations Research, Stanford University

While at Stanford, Cindy also served as a department RA and explored applied machine learning in asset pricing and market microstructure. Before joining Kellogg, she was an RA for one year at Washington University in St. Louis, working on a variety of projects pertaining to asset pricing, behavioral finance, and forecasting econometrics.

She intends to earn a PhD in Accounting, broadly focusing on accounting-based investing, the link between financial markets and the macroeconomy, market microstructure, and applied econometrics. Her potential areas of interest overlap with topics in financial economics.

Alvin Lumbanraja

Alvin Lumbanraja

BA Economics, Universitas Indonesia

MA Social Sciences (Economics), University of Chicago

Before joining Kellogg, Alvin worked at the World Bank and interned at Boston Consulting Group and JPMorgan. While at the University of Chicago, he wrote his MA thesis on how including firms in the S&P 500 affects the quarterly and annual financial performance.

He intends to earn a PhD in Economics or Finance with a focus on finance and economic development.

Xinghuan Luo

Xinghuan Luo

BA International Relations, Jilin University

MA Public Policy, University of Chicago

While at UChicago, Xinghuan worked as a research assistant on projects in household finance and health economics. He also finished a paper on how elite polarization leads to mass polarization in the US through Twitter. He used the NetworkX package in Python to simulate the information flow in Twitter.

He intends to apply for PhD in Economics focusing on development economics.

Fellow-5 Alton Peques

Alton Peques

BA Advertising , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

While at UNC, Alton worked on projects at Duke University investigating how personal relationships affect consumer behavior.

He intends to earn a PhD in Marketing focusing on consumer behavior, prosocial behavior, and digital media.

Sunny Qin

Sunny Qin

BA Physics, Princeton University

While at Princeton, Sunny was involved in various research projects in biophysics and particle physics. In her senior thesis, she analyzed cosmological simulations. The results offered insights into the self-interreacting nature of dark matter particles. Prior to joining Kellogg, she also gained a year of work experience in the finance industry.

Sunny intends to earn a Ph.D. in Finance or Operational Research. She is interested in leveraging modern machine learning techniques to tackle interdisciplinary problems.

Fellow-6 James Ryan

James Ryan

BA Economics, Mathematics, McGill University

While at McGill, James worked on a variety of projects pertaining to international trade, natural resource economics, econometrics, and family economics. His senior thesis studied network bank connectedness in the United States under the Dodd-Frank Act.

He intends to earn a PhD in Economics focusing on network economics, applied microeconomics, and applied econometrics.

Fellow-10 Zoe Schwingel-Sauer

Zoe Schwingel-Sauer

BA Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

During her time at Penn, Zoe worked in a few different psychology labs before she spent her final year as a research assistant at the Wharton School working on research in Organizational Behavior. She also completed her Senior Honors Thesis on the topic of behavioral game theory.

She intends to earn a PhD in Organizational Behavior focusing on adversity, inequality, and behavior change in the workplace.

Ngodoo Zume

Ngodoo Zume

BA Economics, Cornell University

MA Applied Economics, George Washington University

While at GWU, Ngodoo worked as a research assistant on projects in labor economics.

She intends to pursue a PhD in Economics with a focus on economic issues in developing countries, such as education and gender/income equality.

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