Summer Fellowships: Pursuing Self-Directed, Issues-Oriented Research

About the Fellowship

The Summer Fellowship Program at Mathematica welcomes doctoral students to spend 12 weeks with Mathematica. Fellows will work on their own independent research project (typically their dissertation), which will intersect with one or more of Mathematica’s focus areas.

Fellows will be mentored by senior staff, learn about Mathematica and its work, and have the opportunity to shadow Mathematica research projects and proposals. At the conclusion of the fellowship, fellows will present a seminar on their research project. Each fellow will receive a stipend of $10,000, plus $500 in project-related expenses. View some of the topics covered by prior visiting summer fellows.

About Mathematica

Mathematica is dedicated to improving public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on information collection and analysis for our partners and clients. The company has been at the forefront of assessing the effectiveness of policies and programs for more than four decades. Our studies and analysis have yielded information to guide decisions in wide-ranging policy areas.


  • The fellowship is designed for full-time students who are within two years of completing their doctorate degree and will not graduate prior to beginning the fellowship.
  • Fellows should have a strong interest in learning more about working in a nonacademic environment.

Mathematica takes pride in its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Minority students, students with disabilities, military veterans, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


Applications should be submitted to the Human Resources department by February 29, 2024.

Completed applications will include the following:

  • A cover letter that describes your interest in Mathematica, your current research project(s), how your research interests align with Mathematica’s focus areas, how your background and experiences influenced your research interests, and an office preference (if any);
  • A resume or CV;
  • A proposal (2,000 words maximum, excluding exhibits and references) for the research project you plan to pursue during the fellowship, including a statement of the research question, the project’s relevance to social policy, and what progress you plan to make during the fellowship period; and
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from a current faculty advisor.

For more information, listen to interviews with summer fellows from previous years below:

Examining Racial Disparities in School Discipline and Mental Health Care

Sarah Lieff and Rachel Perera, Mathematica’s 2020 summer fellows, discuss their research on school discipline and mental health care.

Preventing Cardiovascular Disease and Promoting Equity in Higher Ed

Mathematica’s 2021 summer fellows, Temitope Ojo and Katlyn Lee Milless, discuss their doctoral research on implementation science in health care and equity in higher education.

Using Evidence to Reduce Racial Disparities in Bone Health, Improve Mental Health, and Support Self-Sufficiency

Jennifer Kirk, Katherine Engel, and Adrienne Jones discuss their experiences as summer fellows at Mathematica in 2022.

Using Schools to Improve Child Health, Why Black Families Choose to Homeschool Their Kids, and What Drives Inequity for People with Disabilities

Mathematica's 2023 summer fellows (Laurin Bixby, Carla Wellborn, and Luis Carlos Carvajal-Osorio) discuss their early careers in applied research and what they've learned about using schools to improve child health, why some Black families choose to homeschool their kids, and what drives inequity in states for people with disabilities.