As part of RFF’s commitment to academic excellence, RFF promotes research and policy analysis on environmental and natural resource issues by supporting work at colleges, universities, and other institutions around the world and by bringing researchers to RFF to help formulate new lines of inquiry.
RFF offers a variety of academic fellowships and internships:
- Gilbert F. White Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
- Walter O. Spofford, Jr. Memorial Internship Program
- Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
- John V. Krutilla Research Stipend
- RFF Summer Internship Program
RFF has named eight academic fellowship and internship awardees for the 2015–2016 academic year:
Gilbert F. White Postdoctoral Fellowships
Ujjayant Chakravorty, a professor in the Department of Economics at Tufts University, will visit RFF and research a variety of energy topics, including modeling of world gas and coal markets to estimate how US policy affects Chinese emissions, comparisons of quantity versus proportional mandates for renewable energy (such as in the United States and European Union), and the effects of electrification in the Philippines.
E. Somanathan, a professor at the Indian Statistical Institute, will visit RFF and work on estimating and predicting damages from climate change in the Indian agricultural and manufacturing sectors.
Walter O. Spofford, Jr. Memorial Internship Program
Cheng Xu, a PhD student in economics at George Washington University, will spend the summer at RFF working with Fellow Zhongmin Wang on Chinese shale gas development and with Fellow Jhih-Shyang Shih on collecting energy data in China.
Joseph L. Fisher Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
Michelle Marcus, a PhD candidate in economics at Brown University, is studying the childhood health effects of local pollution (specifically, the effects of gasoline reformulation on childhood asthma and of leaking underground gasoline storage tanks on infant health).
Davide Cerruti, a PhD candidate in agricultural and resource economics at the University of Maryland, is conducting research on air pollution and transportation.
Ashley Vissing, a PhD candidate in economics at Duke University, is focusing on competition, matching, and lease terms for shale gas leases.
John V. Krutilla Research Stipend
Patrick Bayer and Alexander Ovodenko, postdoctoral researchers and lecturers in the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis, will use their stipend for work on the local politics and economics of shale gas development and regulation in the United States.
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