ACES Dissertation research Fellowship

The ACES Dissertation Research Fellowship, launched for the 2020-2021 academic year to encourage research on comparative economics supports an emerging scholar in the field with a generous stipend and travel fund as they complete their dissertation. The selection committee currently consists of Elizabeth Brainerd (Brandeis University), Georgy Egorov (Northwestern University), Scott Rozelle (Stanford University), and Noam Yuchtman (London School of Economics).  The call for applications is typically circulated in February, with a submission deadline of April 15.  

The Fellowship was launched in 2020 as the Gerard Roland Fellowship to honor and recognize the fundamental contributions of Gerard Roland to the field.  Fellows receive a stipend, additional research funding, and a tuition scholarship.  ACES also typically awards research prizes to runners-up.  A list of fellows and research award winners is below.

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current aces dissertation fellows

Miguel ortiz

2023-2024 Dissertation Fellow

Miguel Ortiz is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley (Haas School of Business). Prior to Berkeley, he earned a BA in economics at Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). His research interests lie at the intersection of political economy, development economics and behavioral economics. His main research focus is on intergroup conflict and cooperation. His current research explores how religious conflict in Nigeria is driven by spite vs fear, and how cultural interventions can affect these channels to increase intergroup cooperation.

Miguel Fajardo-Steinhäuser

2023-2024 Research Award

Miguel Fajardo-Steinhäuser is a third-year PhD candidate in Economics at the London School of Economics. Prior to starting his PhD, Miguel earned his bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Munich and master’s degree in economics at the London School of Economics, where he also worked as a Pre-Doctoral Fellow for two years. His research interests lie at the intersection of development and political economics, with a focus on (post) conflict and authoritarian states. His current research explores the conditions under which peace can bring economic benefits, and how humanitarian aid shapes the political views of marginalised groups in authoritarian states.

Current and Previous Fellows and Research Awardees


Miguel Ortiz - University of California, Berkeley

(research award) Miguel Fajardo Steinhäuser - London School of Economics


Vitaliia Yaremko - University of California, Berkeley

(research award) Miguel Ortiz - University of California, Berkeley


Lukas Leucht - University of California, Berkeley

Lydia Assuoad - Paris School of Economics

(research award) - Awa Ambra Seck, Harvard University


Brian Wheaton - Harvard University

(research award) - Lydia Assuoad - Paris School of Economics