Standard Research Fellow Track

Explore multiple fields of study and gain breadth in overall business research by rotating between various projects with different faculty.

The standard track follows a rotational model designed for predoctoral scholars who want to gain experience in different projects within your field and in different fields within overall business research. Rotational research assistantship allows you to explore your options before diving deeper into one area of interest and applying to PhD programs.

Naasey Kanko Arthur
Yale University, Economics PhD Program

“Being a [Research Fellow] at the GSB has been a rewarding experience. I have appreciated working on research at different stages and learning the various ways professors approach their research. One of the most valuable aspects of the experience has been building long-term relationships with faculty. I feel more confident that I want to pursue a research career and feel better equipped to do so.”

Project Assignment

Each quarter, you will be assigned to support two projects with different faculty based on faculty/project availability and your interest. You will spend 20 hours per week per project, with a total time commitment of 40 hours per week to research assistantship.

Over the course of your first year, you will typically work on a total of three to four projects, where at least one project per quarter is in your field and one project is in another field. During your second year, both projects are in your field each quarter.

Faculty Mentorship

In the rotational model, you will work closely and build meaningful mentorship relationships with multiple faculty each year. Faculty provide instruction on the techniques required and advising for fellows — not just on research projects, but also on choosing courses to complement your interests, about PhD programs, and beyond.

Key Benefits

This exploratory, rotational model allows you to gain breadth and then depth in business research. Since you work with multiple faculty each year, the standard track offers more options for faculty recommendation letters.

Both the standard and dedicated tracks of this program will help prepare you to be a successful PhD applicant and student. While working directly alongside faculty and gaining this unique academic research experience, you also become part of our world-class research community.

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