The LDI Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is a two-year position for recent graduates of doctoral programs in economics or related disciplines who are interested in working in cross-disciplinary environments. 

The goal of the program is to help fellows launch a successful academic career through mentored research, didactic coursework, and professional development opportunities. Postdoctoral fellows will collaborate with University of Pennsylvania faculty on research projects, design and implement original studies, conduct data analyses, and lead scientific publications. 

“My two years as a postdoc at LDI were a crash course on how to leverage my economics training to do applied work with clear and actionable policy implications. The LDI community is vast and vibrant, and I’m grateful that I was able to build relationships that will last a lifetime.”

Molly Candon, PhD

Director, Associate Fellows Program, Penn LDI

How to Apply


  • An individual who has completed doctoral training in economics or related disciplines.
  • Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Current Call for Applications

Stay tuned for information about the 2022 LDI Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Call for Applications.

Program Details

The LDI Postdoctoral Fellow Program is a two-year fellowship that is shaped by the fellow’s interests, training needs, and performance. Each fellow’s start date will be arranged in consultation with their faculty mentor(s).

Fellows receive a competitive stipend, annual allowances for travel and research, and a dedicated work space at Colonial Penn Center on Penn’s campus. The University also provides a medical, vision, dental, and life insurance benefits package.

LDI postdocs typically complete 2-3 research projects during their two-year appointment. Fellows are expected to spend 50% of their time working on projects that advance their personal research agenda and 50% of their time working on projects led by LDI Senior Fellows. Through collaborations with Penn faculty, LDI postdocs gain exposure to the team science of health services research. They also are integrated into the larger community of LDI Associate Fellows, which include over 100 postdocs, clinical fellows, and other trainees.

For LDI Senior Fellows: Mentorship Opportunities

Faculty involvement is a crucial element of the LDI Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

Fellows are recruited through a highly organized national process and each cohort is selected from a competitive pool of approximately 100 applicants. LDI postdocs are uniquely qualified to complete projects that require econometrics, cost effectiveness, or other types of analytical support and partnering with the program allows Penn faculty to add health economists to their study teams. 

If you are interested in mentoring and collaborating with an LDI postdoc on a specific project, please send a brief summary of the project, how much effort it would require, and whether you have funding available to Molly Candon, PhD.

Current LDI Postdoctoral Fellows

Faculty Co-Directors

Molly Candon

Molly Candon, PhD

Director, Associate Fellows Program, Penn LDI; Research Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine; Assistant Professor, Health Care Management, The Wharton School

Claudio Lucarelli, PhD

Associate Professor, Health Care Management, The Wharton School

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Joanne Levy

Joanne Levy, MBA, MCP

Director of Student Initiatives, Penn LDI