Visiting Fellows program

A robust Visiting Fellows program offers a vital, systematic way to keep a constant stream of researchers, methods, and ideas flowing through the Becker Friedman Institute. It also gives UChicago economics faculty and students access to innovative research, expertise, and perspectives not currently explored at the University. It encourages exchanges across departments and disciplines and helps visitors sharpen their work by presenting it in a new and challenging environment.

The institute aspires to expand this program to include group visits, where leading researchers invited to visit can select junior faculty, postdoctoral students, or graduate students working in the same area to join them at the institute. Creating a critical mass of scholars and activity—lectures, workshops, and research collaborations—focused on a particular line of inquiry over a few weeks can set the foundation for sustained inquiry.

The institute also hosts several Distinguished Fellows who are  appointed to longer-term, multiyear residencies. These visits allow for programming continuity, more sustained attention to specific problems, and outstanding guidance for the institute’s work.

Your support of the Visiting Fellows program will further enhance the Becker Friedman Institute’s role as an intellectual destination for the study and debate of important economic issues. Most important, it will strengthen the work and impact of economics researchers around the globe.