Guidelines for Preliminary Proposals For AEA Summer Training Program Applicants

January 2024

Since 1974, the American Economic Association Summer Training Program (AEASP) has increased diversity in the field of economics by preparing talented undergraduates for doctoral programs in economics and related disciplines. AEASP is a prestigious program that enables students to develop and solidify technical skills in preparation for the rigors of graduate studies. It has been estimated that between 17 and 21 percent of PhDs awarded to minorities in economics over the past 20 years are graduates of the program (Becker et al, 2016).

Hosting the AEASP offers universities a chance to collaborate with the American Economic Association and to promote diversity and inclusion in the economics field. As hosts, universities can attract diverse, talented graduate students and showcase their department's excellence in economics. The first AEASP host was University of California, Berkeley. Previous hosts include Yale University in the 1980s, Stanford University in the 1990s, Duke University in the 2000s, Michigan State University in the 2010s, and Howard University most recently. More information is available at the following link:

Please consider submitting a preliminary proposal. The preliminary proposal is a non-binding expression of interest in hosting the AEASP.  From among the applicants, the Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession (CSMGEP) will select “finalists” who will be asked to submit a full proposal. 

The preliminary proposal should include:

  • A tentative program director;
  • An outline of the proposed program structure and size/anticipated changes to the program at present;
  • A list of prospective faculty participants;
  • A broad funding plan;
  • An indication of likely faculty participants and of staff level of effort;
  • A preliminary statement of support from the University administration.

The preliminary proposal should be no more than 5-7 pages.


Preliminary proposal due: August 15, 2024

Notification of finalists: September 16, 2024

Final proposal due: December 2, 2024

Notification of new host: March or April 2025

Please send your proposal to:

Dr. Vicki Bogan, Professor of Public Policy
Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
Office: 286 Rubenstein Hall, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 919-613-6050