Research Fellows

Deadlines & Notifications

Application Deadlines

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020 cohort.

Applications to join the 2021 cohort will be available here in early October, 2020.

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.

Candidates apply for either a Behavioral or an Empirical Research Fellow position, depending on their academic interests.

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.

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.

Why Come to Kellogg

When you join Kellogg as a Research Fellow, you become part of a community. The 18 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.

How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for positions that start in Summer, 2020. Please check back in early October, 2020, to apply to be part of the 2021 cohort. 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.)

Kellogg School of Management is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment. We invest in programs, partnerships, initiatives, and events that highlight 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.


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