What's it like to be an economic research fellow at the PCAOB?

Since 2014, the PCAOB has brought on economic research fellows to conduct economic research on topics relevant to the oversight, standard setting, and other activities of the PCAOB.

In the fall of each year, the Board solicits interested applicants for research fellowships. Learn how to apply to become a fellow.


Fellowship at a glance

What do fellows do?

Fellows use PCAOB data to complete self-guided research projects. 

What type of research can fellows conduct?

Fellows work independently, providing an outside perspective in analyzing data collected by the PCAOB through its oversight activities. Fellows have the opportunity to engage closely with PCAOB staff in the development of research projects and serve as a valuable resource to staff economists.

For a list of research topics of interest to PCAOB, see the full Economic Research Fellow page

View working papers developed by past and current fellows


Submitting an application to become a fellow

Who should submit an application to the fellowship program?

PCAOB is looking for candidates who are interested in auditing issues, the capital markets, and regulatory oversight matters.  Candidates should be tenured or tenure-track faculty members or doctoral students who have completed all coursework in a doctoral program in economics, finance, accounting, or a related area.

What documents do I need to submit?

Full details can be found on the Economic Research Fellow page, but documents include:

  • curriculum vitae
  • cover letter
  • one to two research papers or recently published articles on topics relevant to the PCAOB
  • two letters of reference sent directly to the PCAOB by the referees
  • at least one research proposal 

Submit an application to become a fellow