Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships

The Economics department has a number of Fellowships and Research Scholarships that are awarded through a broad-based competition open to all PhD students in economics. The primary criterion for receiving a fellowship or scholarship is evidence of research excellence.

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Caves Dissertation Fellowship

This fellowship was established by Douglas W. Caves (PhD, Economics, 1980) and Sherry A. Caves to support graduate students in the Department of Economics at UW-Madison doing dissertation level empirical research in the doctoral program. The intent of this fellowship is to reward and distinguish excellence and scholastic merit in the doctoral program. (Previous Winners)

Christensen Dissertation Fellowship in Empirical Economics

This fellowship was established by Lau and Dianne Christensen.  Lau was a faculty member at UW-Madison from 1967 to 1987, and Dianne was a Visitor in the Economics Department for several years in the 1980s.  This fellowship is awarded to a student doing an empirical dissertation. (Previous Winners)

Christensen Scholarship in Empirical Economics

Lau and Diane Christensen established this scholarship.  Lau was a faculty member here from 1967 to 1987, and Dianne was a Visitor in the Department for several years in the 1980s. The purpose of this joint student-faculty award is to A) encourage and support research by PhD students doing empirical work with contemporary estimation methods, and B) to support faculty who serve as mentors for Ph.D. students doing dissertations. (Previous Winners)

Culbertson Scholarship for the Best Field Paper

The Culbertson Scholarship was established with a generous contribution from Dr. Francis Culbertson, in memory of her late husband, UW Madison Economics Professor John M. Culbertson.  The scholarship is for the PhD student who writes the best field paper. (Previous Winners)

David Edwin Davies Dissertation Fellowship

The David Edwin Davies Dissertation Fellowship is based on outstanding research potential and overall research excellence. This fellowship was established by a trust created by Richard Davies (BA, Economics and Political Science, 1979). (Previous Winners)

Alice S. Gengler Dissertation Fellowship

The late Alice Gengler received her BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1927. The Alice Gengler Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship is made possible by the generosity of Alice Gengler and her family.  It is awarded for excellence in research. (Previous Winners)

Donald D. Hester Dissertation Fellowship

This fellowship is named after the late Donald Hester, a UW Madison Economics Professor from 1968 to 2000. Preference is given to students who excel in teaching and conduct research in macroeconomics. (Previous Winners)

Walter A. Morton Dissertation Fellowship

This fellowship supports a meritorious doctoral student in the Department of Economics and was created through a fund established in 1984 by Rosalie Morton (BS 1928), widow of late UW Economics Professor Walter Morton (Ph.D. 1927), and her son Stephen D. Morton (Ph.D. 1962). (Previous Winners)

Mary Claire Aschenbrener Phipps Dissertation Fellowship

This fellowship was established by Charles Phipps in honor of his late wife, Mary Claire Phipps (BA ’51, Economics) to attract more female economists to the University of Wisconsin to inspire the next generation of female economists. The fellowship supports an outstanding female doctoral student. (Previous Winners)

JPGI funded Fellowships and Scholarships

The JPGI honors UW-Madison alumna Juli Plant Grainger.  The following fellowships and scholarships are made possible by a substantial investment in the Department by David W. Grainger and the Grainger Foundation.

JPGI Summer Fellowships

These fellowships are funded by the Juli Plant Grainger Institute for Economic Research.  They are awarded to students with unusually promising research proposals. (Previous Winners)

JPGI Teaching Assistant Scholarships

These scholarships are funded by the Juli Plant Grainger Institute for Economic Research.  They are awarded to students with exceptional classroom performance as a teaching assistant in any Economics course, either graduate or undergraduate. (Previous Winners)

JPGI Outstanding Dissertator Fellowship

These fellowships are funded by the Juli Plant Grainger Institute for Economic Research.  They are awarded to students with exceptionally promising dissertations. (Previous Winners)

Dorothy Rice Dissertation Fellowship

The Dorothy Rice Dissertation Fellowship was created in memory of health care economics pioneer and UW Alumna Dorothy Rice (Ph.D. 1941) who left a lasting legacy on the Federal Health Care Policy. Her research paved way for the creation of the Medicare program. The fellowship is awarded to an outstanding doctoral student in the Department of Economics. (Previous Winners)

Shih Graduate Student Fellowship (Ko and Ying Shih Graduate Fellowship)

May Shih and Willy Shih have honored their parents, Ko and Ying Shih, by establishing a fellowship in their names to assist graduate students in the Department of Economics. Ko Shih received his PhD in Economics (1950) and Ying Shih received her PhD in Applied Statistics (1952) at UW-Madison. Both Ko and Ying Shih were international students, so their children, May Shih and Willy Shih, would like the funds to be used for a dissertation fellowship with a slight preference given to international students. (Previous Winners)

Richard E. Stockwell Dissertation Fellowship

This fellowship was established by a trust created by Richard E. “Archie” Stockwell. Archie received his B.S. in 1940 from the University of Wisconsin. The fellowship is awarded to a graduate student who has demonstrated excellence in research. (Previous Winners )

Robock Scholarship in Empirical or Experimental Economics

The late Dr. Stefan Robock established this scholarship.  Professor Robock received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1938. He did graduate work at Wisconsin and Harvard.  The purpose of Dr. Robock’s gift is to support students and research by students and faculty in the Department of Economics, with preference being given to those doing empirical and/or field research or working in the field of experimental economics. (Previous Winners)

Susan B. Kocin Scholarship for Labor Economics

This scholarship, funded by the Kocin family, is awarded to promote women in the field of labor economics. (Previous Winners)

Walker Family Dissertation Fellowship

This fellowship, offered by the Department of Economics, was established by a trust created by Willard T. Walker (BA Economics 1955) and Willard T. Walker Jr. (BA Economics 1984) and Molly Walker Allen (BA Journalism and Mass Communication 1989) to recognize outstanding research potential and overall research excellence. The annual one semester dissertation fellowship is designed to support a doctoral student in Economics. (Previous Winners)

Caves Dissertation Fellowship

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Joel McMurry
Joel McMurry 2020-21
Renata Gaineddenova 2020-21
Diwakar Raisingh 2019-20
Daniel Chaves 2018-19

 

Christensen Dissertation Fellowship in Empirical Economics

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Sandra Spirovska 2020-21
Renata Gaineddenova 2019-20
Christensen Scholarship in Empirical Economics

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Minseon Park 2020-21
Cici McNamara 2019-20
Joanna Venator 2018-19
Arpita Patnaik 2018-19
Yun Ling 2017-18

 

Culbertson Field Paper Scholarship

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Garrett Anstreicher 2020-21
Alan Yang 2019-20
Joanna Venator 2018-19
Junhyong Kim 2018-19
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Zhigang Ge 2017-18
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Zehao Li 2017-18

 

David Edwin Davies Dissertation Fellowship

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Eirik Brandsaas 2020-21
Elan Segarra 2019-20
Gueyon Kim 2018-19

 

Alice S. Gengler Dissertation Fellowship

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Junhyong Kim 2020-21
Joanna Venator 2019-20
Aiday Sikhova  2018-19

Donald D. Hester Dissertation Fellowship

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Anson Zhou 2020-21
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Zehao Li   2019-20
Walter A. Morton Dissertation Fellowship

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Andrey Zubanov 2020-21
Mary Claire Aschenbrener Phipps Dissertation Fellowship

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Arpita Patnaik 2020-21
Dorothy Rice Dissertation Fellowship

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Annie Lee 2020-21
Shih Graduate Student Fellowship (Ko and Ying Shih Dissertation Fellowship)

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Xiaoye Tian 2020-21
Steve Wu   2019-20
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Zehao Li  2018-19
Chenxin Liu 2017-18

 

Richard E. Stockwell Dissertation Fellowship

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Md Moshi Ul Alam 2020-21
Junhyong Kim 2018-19
Robock Scholarship in Empirical or Experimental Economics

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Shilong Sun 2020 21
Annie Lee 2019-20
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Chang Liu 2018-19
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Eunsun Gil 2017-18

 

 

 

 

 
Susan B. Kocin Scholarship for Labor Economics

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Minseon Park 2019-20
Sandra Spirovska 2018-19
Joanna Venator 2017-18
Walker Family Dissertation Fellowship

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Nicolas Badaracco 2020-21