H.B. Price Fellowship

The Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky is recruiting the H.B. Price Graduate Fellowship in Regional Economics. The selected student will identify, in agreement with his/her advising committee, specific research topics, which may focus on (but are not limited to) issues related to regional economics including rural development, labor economics, firm formation and targeted attraction, economic geography, rural health, and other policy relevant topics.

Strong candidates will possess a passion for studying regional economics and the translation of research for lay audiences and decision making. Formal training in economics (including econometrics and microeconomics) and a demonstrated facility with mathematics and/or quantitative methods is expected, but candidates with survey research and interdisciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Previous research experience, excellent written and oral communication, organizational skills, ability to work independently, and experience in any segment of regional economics are desirable. While candidates ready to enter the PhD program are preferred, particularly strong/motivated applicants to the MS program will be considered.

The student will be working with Dr. Alison Davis, Professor of Agricultural Economics and director of the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) and Dr. Elham Erfanian, Post-Doctoral Scholar for CEDIK. The University of Kentucky is also home to the Kentucky Research Data Center and a nationally-renowned economics department (Gatton College of Business and Economics) and public policy school (Martin School). These two departments provide an excellent opportunity for additional classroom training, collaboration and conducting multidisciplinary research.

Graduate assistantship includes:

  • A competitive stipend, commensurate with the student's experience and engagement in research for four years (two years for MS Student)
  • Full tuition support
  • Full medical insurance
  • The student will be responsible for required graduate fees
  • Financial support for one annual trip to present research

To apply:
The position is open until filled. All applications for admission are made directly to the Graduate School. To be considered eligible for this opportunity please apply by November 30, 2019 for a Fall 2020 start date. In addition to the required materials, please ensure your narrative focuses on your application to the H.B. Price Graduate Fellowship by stating your specific interest in regional economics and intended area of focus. To be eligible for the H.B. Price Fellowship you must be admitted to the Agricultural Economics graduate program and offered an assistantship. The Fellowship will be above and beyond a departmental assistantship.