Pathways to Research and Doctoral Careers (PREDOC.org) is a consortium of universities and research institutions that aims to remove barriers to access to research and doctoral careers. These barriers include asymmetries of information, education, credentialing, and affordability. Our initiatives foster a population in quantitative social science that is more talented, diverse, and inclusive.

PREDOC’s strategy is to leverage the booming market of full-time pre-doctoral research assistantships (“pre-docs”), working with our partners to expand the talent pool; reduce informational frictions; scout for talent; and engage, mentor, and educate students from any background.  Our goal is to help pre-doc and PhD programs identify and admit those who are likely to move the quantitative social sciences forward, while simultaneously supporting those nascent scholars on their way to a research career.

Here's who we are and what we do at a glance.

Learn more about the pathway to a pre-doc with this video.

Interested in joining the pre-doc track? Are you a hiring manager hoping to recruit diverse and exceptional talent? Find resources below!

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The Pre-doc Track

You're one stop shop to all things pre-doc. Whether you're just starting out, a current student, recent BA graduate, or someone seeking funded research opportunities, look no further!

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Why do a Pre-doc?

Pre-doctoral research experience can be an invaluable step in preparing for a PhD, exploring a research career and whether it's right for you, and gaining access to a wide array of opportunities along the way. Plus, it's paid!

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How to Prepare?

Where to start? Access information and resources related to best practices during your undergraduate year and navigating the pre-doctoral application process. You can find sample data tasks to help you craft a successful application.

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Education

We run educational programs that inform students about pre-doctoral opportunities and help them develop the research and professional skills necessary to submit a successful application. Please note we are now accepting applications for spots in our 2024 Summer Course cohort!

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Other Programs

One of the strongest indicators of success in a pre-doctoral position is previous research assistant experience. Several organizations and institutions offer research assistantship programs during the summer term.

Other Programs
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Opportunities

Review a comprehensive list of full-time pre-doc opportunities from academic institutions and industry research groups. Jobs are open for people those who have graduated or will graduate with their BA.

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Advising

Need help along the way? PREDOC's Office Hours with a Social Scientist series allows anyone who is interested in a research career to connect with top researchers to learn more about the career, hear about opportunities, and get advice.

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Common Questions

Are you a hiring PI/economist?

Consider advertising a research opportunity on one of our job boards! We receive thousands of new visitors to our opportunities page every month, where we host full-time non-clinical post-bac positions geared towards recent BA graduates. We also work to offer a diverse catalog of part-time research jobs and internships (for current students and individuals seeking part-time work) as well as a summer programs roundup on our site.

If interested, please email us the below information:

Sponsoring Researcher(s):
Sponsoring Institution:
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Deadline/First Review Date:
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Resources for Hiring Managers

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Mentorship

Mentorship is key to expanding the pathway to research careers, and it rarely happens automatically.  PREDOC has curated concrete and proven strategies to help PIs mentor their pre-docs (and part-time RAs, and graduate students, and undergrads, and...).

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RA grants

In addition to providing general resources on mentorship, PREDOC enables dedicated mentorship through our RA grants program.  Targeted grants, along with our RA resume repository, allow PIs—faculty, graduate students, and other researchers—to train and mentor nascent researchers.

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Overview of the Consortium

PREDOC is committed to cultivating research environments and workplaces that are diverse and inclusive. We actively recruit and mentor pre-docs who bring new perspectives to our academic disciplines and strengthen our ideas. Our practices include:

  • Proactively reaching out to, mentoring, and recruiting individuals who are underrepresented in our fields.
  • Expanding our engagement with diverse populations to increase and diversify the pool of pre-doctoral candidates.
  • Establishing academic and professional development opportunities, including mentorship programs, research assistantships, and courses.
  • Counseling hiring managers on best hiring practices.
  • Establishing program-wide mentoring, as well as academic and professional development opportunities, for current pre-docs.

While consortium institutions are primarily business schools and economics departments, we welcome interest from individuals with a wide range academic backgrounds. The faculties at PREDOC institutions include economists, computer scientists, statisticians, psychologists, engineers, and sociologists, to name only a few fields.  We are eager to engage with anyone interested in quantitative research in the social sciences.

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