Pathways to Research and Doctoral Careers (PREDOC) is a consortium of universities and research institutions that aims to foster a talented, diverse, and inclusive population in the quantitative social sciences. 

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.

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Summer Opportunities

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PRE Workshop

The PRE workshop brings together prospective pre-docs for a multi-day virtual workshop addressing pre-doc applications strategies and best practices in research.  A subset of attendees will work with mentors in small groups to practice a STATA data task.

PRE Workshop
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Courses

Every summer, PREDOC offers virtual, synchronous courses designed to get students involved with research. Courses are free and include a scholarship.

Courses
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Part-Time RAs

Search our Part-time Research Assistant Opportunities page for summer RAships. Working as an RA is a great way to find out if you're interested in a research career, and is a strong signal many hiring managers look for when hiring pre-docs.

Part-Time RAs

Explore Pre-docs

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Why research?

Why research in the quantitative social sciences?  Economics and business are broad disciplines, that encompass much more than predicting the stock market.  Learn more here about a research career in general, and the quantitative social sciences in particular.

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Why do a pre-doc?

Pre-doctoral opportunities (pre-docs) are full-time jobs supporting faculty research that typically last two years.  They are a great option for people who are considering a PhD but aren't completely sure they're ready, or that a PhD is what they want.  Learn how many opportunities a pre-docand a PhDcan prepare you for.

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Affordability

One of the biggest benefits of a pre-doc is that it's a job.  Unlike a Master's degree, where you're paying tuition, a pre-doc pays you.  PhD study, likewise, comes with significant financial assistance.  We're gathered some hard numbers to help you evaluate your options.

Affordability

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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