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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellows


With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Department of Economics at Vanderbilt University will recruit new Ph.D. students whose research interests include health and health policy. The students will earn a doctorate from Vanderbilt's Department of Economics, be trained with a concentration in health and health policy, and participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Meharry-Vanderbilt Center for Health Policy. At the core of the Center's mission is the education of a new generation of leaders in health and health policy studies, leaders whose diversity reflects the full diversity of the U.S. population. As such, the Center represents a collaborative effort between Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt's Department of Economics. Meharry Medical College is the nation's oldest historically black medical school.

The new Ph.D. students will receive a generous funding package which includes a base stipend of $17,700, an additional $10,000 topping-up award, $4,500 in summer funding, a full-tuition waiver, and health insurance. Students will complete the requirements for a Ph.D. in Vanderbilt's Department of Economics as well as participate in seminars and other research activities at Meharry Medical College.

The deadline for applications for admission in fall 2014 is January 15, 2014. All application materials should be submitted online at:

For more information about Meharry Medical College and the RWJF Fellowships, please see:

Graduate Program


  • bill The Economic History Association has appointed Bill Collins as the next editor of the Journal of Economic History.  His term begins in 2016.
  • announcementEugene Vorobeychik (Engineering) and Myrna Wooders (Economics) have been awarded a grant for $442,051 for the next three years in support their research project, "Theory and Application of Mechanism Design for Team Formation." This project addresses questions of design of mechanisms for efficient team formation from the perspectives of computer science, microeconomics, experimental economics, and game theory. The grant is sponsored by the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems of the NSF
  • Savelyev Peter Savelyev has been awarded a solo-PI $260,464 NSF grant for the next three years of his research on the economic and psychological origins of health capital accumulation.

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