Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Applied Microeconomics / Economic History (Professors Schindler, Ferrando & Tsankova)

Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management, Department of Economics

Position Description      

Professors David Schindler, Mery Ferrando and Teodora Tsankova are seeking a pre-doctoral fellow starting in the summer of 2023 (July 1 or another, mutually agreed upon, date). The position is for one year.

The fellow will be sharing their time between research projects overseen by Prof Schindler (Economic History) and, Prof Ferrando and Prof Tsankova (Applied Microeconomics). The tasks encompass contributions to all stages of the projects: literature research and reviews, data curation from archives or web sources, data analysis of restricted microdata, administrative and organizational work, writing research papers, and taking part in meetings of the co-author teams.

The fellow will spend 1.00 FTE (40 hours per week) divided as follows: 20 hours per week on the projects of Professor Schindler and 20 hours per week on the projects of Professors Ferrando and Tsankova. In their free time, the fellow is encouraged to attend research seminars, has permission to take one graduate course per semester, and is encouraged to develop their own research agenda. This position is envisioned to prepare candidates for applications to leading Ph.D. programs in Economics.

Location is Tilburg, the Netherlands.


We offer a competitive salary. Applicants from outside the Netherlands can apply for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary. The University offers generous fringe benefits.


The fellow will have obtained at least a (three or four-year) bachelor’s degree in economics or related fields. They will have strong programming skills in (possibly a subset of) QGIS, R, Python, and Stata. Fluency in English is a requirement.


To apply, please submit the following documents to Professors Schindler (, Ferrando ( and Tsankova ( in one email:

  • A cover letter describing any prior research and programming experience
  • Current CV
  • All relevant transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient)

At least one confidential letter of recommendation should be submitted separately.

After an initial screening, candidates will be asked to complete a programming assignment and complete an online interview. Candidates who advance to a second round will be invited to complete a programming test and participate in an online interview. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


In case of questions, please contact Professor David Schindler (