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The Institute is currently seeking Visiting Scholars for the 2021-2022 cohort.

The Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute is a research initiative housed within the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. It supports the Federal Reserve’s mandate to ensure maximum employment by conducting and promoting research into how to ensure full participation in a well-functioning economy by all American households. The Institute invites selected scholars at all career levels to a residency at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis to pursue their research and work on projects related to the Institute's main mission of increasing economic opportunity and inclusive growth.

Multiple Visiting Scholar positions are available. Visits are typically a nine-month academic year or a three-month quarterly term. The program typically runs from September 1 through June 30. Visits are expected to be virtual through 2021, but in-person visits will resume when possible. Financial support for 2021-22 scholars is available for both in-person visits and remote visits.

All scholars are competitively compensated and receive office space at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, where scholars are supported by top-tier administrative staff and research analysts as available. This includes assistance in gaining access to and proficiency with limited-access Federal Reserve System datasets relevant to the Institute’s mission as well as access to the Bank’s information services facility.

Eligibility and Guidelines:

All applicants must hold a Ph.D. in the social sciences as of their visit start date, with a demonstrated ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research.

Consideration for visa-support is limited to accepted applicants with nine-month academic year terms.

Application Process:

  1. Follow instructions to create a candidate account and complete the application form.
  2. Attach and submit an up-to-date CV within the candidate portal. Candidates who will be two years or less after PhD completion at the start of their visit should include the names of 3 references on the CV.
  3. Attach and submit a brief research proposal through the candidate portal describing the project to be undertaken while in residence at the Institute (note: no more than 2 pages, single spaced, with standard 11- or 12-point font and 1-inch margins—excluding up to 2 pages of references and figures/tables). Supplementary materials such as papers and recommendations are not accepted.

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Selection Process:

All applications undergo an initial internal screening to assess the strength and relevance of the research proposal. The applications that pass the internal screening are sent to Institute leadership and reviewed for final decisions. 


Applications for residence during the 2021-2022 academic year will be accepted until February 1, 2021. Decisions will be made by the end of March.

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