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Pathways to Research and Doctoral Careers (PREDOC) runs educational programs that inform students about pre-doctoral opportunities and help them develop the coding, research, and professional skills necessary to submit an application. In addition to the synchronous summer course, our curriculum consists of a collection of free workshops, asynchronous courses, and advice from experts.  Each element is a stand-alone event.

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2024 PREDOC Summer Course

The 2024 PREDOC Summer Course will give you the opportunity to:

  • Discover what a research career really looks like
  • Ask and answer a meaningful question about society
  • Learn to analyze large, real-world data sets
  • Network with other students considering a research career
  • Present your work at our annual summer conference in Washington D.C., hosted by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors
  • Earn a culminating stipend award of $2,000
2024 PREDOC Summer Course

The PREDOC Summer Course: Using Big Data to Solve Economic and Social Problems is an eight-week, tuition-free course providing a culminating award of $2,000 to successful participants. A goal of the program is to remove barriers to access to research and doctoral careers in quantitative social science, and cultivate an inclusive classroom experience where different ideas and experiences interact productively. This virtual course is designed to prepare rising undergraduate sophomores and juniors with the coding, research methodology, and professional skills that are relevant for pursuing a research career in the quantitative social sciences. We want students to be well-equipped to find their own research pathways, whether they lead to a pre-doctoral position or graduate study.

Applications are now closed. Please check back next year for information about the 2025 cycle.

Please contact us at with any questions.

Summer Course Institutional Partners

This summer, the course will be taught by Professor Bruich, a lecturer and advisor in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. Professor Bruich is a representative of Harvard's Opportunity Insights (OI), one of the main program partners helping to ensure the success of this program. Along with Prof. Bruich, students will have the opportunity to learn from and meet with faculty and economists representing a diverse range of specialties from OI and other premier research institutions.

The Federal Reserve Board of Governors will host Day 1 of the capstone research conference in Washington, D.C.


Opportunity Insights

OI's mission is to identify barriers to economic opportunity and develop scalable solutions that will empower people throughout the United States to rise out of poverty and achieve better life outcomes.

Opportunity Insights

Previous courses

PREDOC has offered a summer course annually since 2021.  See each year's syllabus here:

2021 Course Syllabus

2022 Course Syllabus

2023 Course Syllabus

Students have gone on to PhD programs institutions like Harvard and UT Austin, and pre-docs at institutions like the Chicago Federal Reserve, the Federal Reserve Board, and the Yale School of Management.  Others have been hired into industry roles at companies including Analysis Group and the Bridgespan Group.

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