Fellowship Programs

Fellowship Programs and Opportunities at the Schaeffer Center

The Schaeffer Center is committed to training the next generation of health economists and researchers.  A variety of fellowships and training opportunities are available for researchers at various stages in their career.  Learn about current staff and faculty openings and programs accepting applications.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral researchers at the Schaeffer Center focus completely on research, with no teaching requirement. This select group of scholars evenly splits time during the first year on completing their dissertation and collaborating on a new Schaeffer Center research project. Postdocs are considered full members of the Schaeffer Center community, receive one-on-one mentoring and also have access to all faculty associated with the center.  For more information and to apply, click here.

USC Resource Center for Minority Aging Health Economics Research Scholarships

The USC Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR), funding by the NIH, was established to increase the number, diversity and academic success of junior faculty focusing their research on the health and economic wellbeing of minority elderly populations. The program provides mentorship to RCMAR scholars in multidisciplinary training, launching new lines of research, and tracking and evaluating success of pilot investigations.  Applications for the USC RCMAR program are currently closed. More information about the application process is here.

Pre-doctoral Fellowships

Pre-doctoral economics students in the graduate certificate program in health economics conduct research at the Schaeffer Center under the guidance of a faculty member, earning knowledge and expertise relevant to their upcoming doctoral program. For more information and to apply, click here.

Clinical Fellowships

The Clinical Fellows program fosters collaboration between Schaeffer Center faculty and exceptional junior scholars or prominent researchers and thought leaders in health policy, economics and medicine.

For more information and to apply to the clinical fellows program, email Briana Taylor at Briana.White@usc.edu, or Sarah Axeen, PhD, at axeen@usc.edu.

Additional Opportunities

Precision Medicine: Moving Theory into Practice is a research development workshop that will provide a collaborative environment for researchers to discuss the utility and limitations of personalized and precision medicine (PPM) and challenges associated with its implementation into healthcare systems. The workshop will explore a broad range of topics on the cutting edge in many domains related to PPM, and the findings will serve as a template that will be applicable to a variety of diseases and conditions. Young investigators will be selected to present their abstracts in a poster session at the workshop as part of a young investigators program. The planning committee is currently accepting proposals. For more information and how to apply, visit the program page.

The unique Science of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) for Social Scientists Program consists of a one-day series of lectures by national biomedical experts on ADRD. The purpose is to expose both junior and more advanced social scientists interested in pursuing research in the ADRD field to the biomedical foundations of the diseases, with the ultimate goal of expanding knowledge and facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations. For more information and how to apply, visit the program page.


Each summer, the Schaeffer Center enables outstanding college undergraduate and high school students to gain hands-on experience and mentorship in health policy research and data analysis as well as an introduction to the broader field of health economics. Please check back for the 2020 summer session dates. Learn more about the program here.

Research Assistantships

Students from relevant disciplines such as economics, public policy, health policy, statistics, medicine and psychology work directly with Schaeffer Center faculty on specific research projects, garnering invaluable experience and skills to further their research prowess. Any USC student without a fellowship is eligible to apply for a research assistantship.

For more information and to apply to the research assistant position, email Briana Taylor at Briana.White@usc.edu or Julie Zissmopoulos at zissimop@healthpolicy.usc.edu.


Schaeffer Center training partners have included the following:

  • Dusseldorf Institute for Competition Economics
  • Keck School of Medicine
  • National Institute on Aging, RCMAR
  • National University of Singapore
  • RAND
  • UCLA Center for the Health Improvement of Minority Elderly
  • University of Munich