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.

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.

Sam Fiedorek

Sam Fiedorek

BA Economics, Mathematics, Denison University

While at Denison, he had the opportunity to work on a variety of data-driven projects across several disciplines including economics and statistics. Prior to joining Kellogg, Sam worked on analytics teams in the insurance and reinsurance industry.

He intends to earn a PhD in Operations Management and use empirical methods to analyze operations in field settings.

Noah Forougi

Noah Forougi

BA Economics with honors, University of California, Berkeley

While at UC Berkeley, Noah worked on randomized control trials in Kenya to understand how information asymmetry affects market outcomes. He also wrote his senior thesis on the risk taking channel of monetary policy.

He intends to apply to graduate programs in economics, where he will focus on monetary policy and household finance.

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-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.

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-7 Guanzhong Shu

Guanzhong Shu

BBA Finance, MA Economics, University of Alabama

Guanzhong intends to earn a PhD in Accounting and focus on firm valuations, capital markets, and corporate governance.

Fellow-8 Sam Smith

Samantha Smith

BA Psychology, Princeton University

While at Princeton University, Samantha researched health interventions for minority amputees, the utility of technology in assessing interpersonal communication, and trends of idealization in close friendships. Her senior thesis addressed the implications of implicit hippocampal memory on radiologic observations, parts of which were published in the Journal of Medical Imaging.

She intends to earn a PhD in Organizational Behavior with a focus on racial, gender, and economic inequalities.

Fellow-9 Stephen Steiner

Stephen Steiner

BA Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

During his time at UW-Madison, Stephen had the opportunity to work with conservationists from around the world and assisted in teaching them how to combat environmental issues with market-based principles.

He intends to build upon this work by earning a PhD in Economics with a focus on development and environmental economics.

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.

Fellow-11 Tong Su

Tong Su

BA Psychology, Bard College

While at Bard, Tong worked on research projects investigating social cognition and gender disparity in STEM. She completed her thesis on the implicit association between mind-body dualism and gender stereotypes. Her current research interests focus on human-technology relations and how to mitigate digital addiction.

She intends to earn a PhD in Behavioral Science and study factors that shape people’s attitudes toward technology.

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