Gerardo Marín Diversity Fellowships

Each year, the Provost’s Office, under the leadership of the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach, invites scholars from underrepresented ethnic communities to apply for prestigious fellowships.

Gerardo Marín Diversity Fellowships

Dissertation Fellowship

Dissertation fellows complete their dissertation and initiate an ongoing program of scholarly or creative work while becoming familiar with the usual service responsibilities of a university faculty member. Fellows teach one course in their discipline each semester and serve the University in various capacities.

Apply for the 2020-2021 GMDF dissertation fellowship. Deadline to apply: February 1, 2020.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

In this “teaching postdoc,” postdoctoral fellows develop as both researchers and teachers. Fellows are housed in an existing department and work with senior faculty members to begin the development of an independent research program. In addition, fellows teach one course per semester in order to gain teaching experience.

Current Fellow (2019-20)

Britni Wilcherbritni wilcher

Dissertation Fellow
Fellowship Placement: Department of Economics, College of Arts and Sciences

Britni Wilcher is PhD candidate in economics at American University, and will be teaching in the Department of Economics this year while completing her dissertation. She will also serve as a member of the University Council on Diversity and Inclusion (UCDI). She is an applied microeconomist in training with interests in labor economics, health economics, and gender economics. Britni’s research focuses on the economics of health decision making and its implications for labor markets. She employs quasi-experimental designs to draw causal inferences about the quality of pharmaceutical innovation and labor market effects of healthcare access for women as well as other underrepresented groups at various life stages.

Prior to her doctoral studies, Britni completed a BA in Economics at Spelman College and MSc in International Health Care Management, Economics, and Policy from SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy. During her Masters studies she specialized in the economic evaluation of pharmaceutical and medical devices. She applied that training as a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington DC and a research fellow at the University of Exeter in England. Her work at Exeter, supporting an EU-commissioned project aimed at advancing the existing methodological framework for health technology assessment (HTA) of medical devices (MedtecHTA) was published in Value in Health, Health Economics, and the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care.