Apply for a Full-time Fellowship for Graduate Students in Economics at George Mason University

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Sponsored by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University 

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University offers two fellowships for graduate students in economics at George Mason University: the PhD Fellowship and the MA Fellowship. These fellowships are designed to prepare students for careers in academia and public policy by providing full tuition support, a stipend, and practical experience working as research assistants to leading academic and policy scholars. In addition to their coursework and research experience, fellows also participate in reading groups, workshops, and career development seminars.  

Fellows join a large network of graduate students, scholars, and alumni with careers in academia and policy at top institutions across the world. 

Applications for the PhD Fellowship are due February 1, 2021 and applications for the MA Fellowship are due February 15, 2021. Acceptance into the PhD or MA Fellowship is dependent on acceptance into the corresponding economics program at George Mason University. 

To learn more about these fellowships and the other student programs offered by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, please visit our website. For more information about George Mason University’s graduate programs in economics, visit the Economic Department’s pages for the PhD in economics or MA in economics.

Fellowship Benefits and Details

The PhD Fellowship is a competitive, full-time fellowship program for students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in economics at George Mason University. It is a total award of up to $200,000 over five years, including full tuition support, a stipend, and experience as a research assistant working closely with Mercatus-affiliated Mason faculty and scholars. 

Our PhD Fellows take courses in market process economics, public choice, and institutional analysis and work on projects that use these lenses to understand global prosperity and social change. Successful PhD Fellows have secured tenure-track positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in Europe. 

Dr. Abigail Hall Blanco developed her research interests, built a network, and found a coauthor and mentor during her time as a PhD Fellow. Read her Alumni Spotlight here, and watch her story.

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The MA Fellowship is a two-year, competitive, full-time fellowship program for students pursuing a master’s degree in economics at George Mason University who are interested in gaining advanced training in applied economics in preparation for a career in public policy. It includes full tuition support, a stipend, and practical experience as a research assistant. It is a total award of up to $80,000 over two years. 

In addition to taking classes at George Mason University and participating in workshops and reading groups, MA Fellows have the opportunity to work as research assistants and coauthors with Mercatus scholars on pertinent policy areas such as regulationsfederal fiscal policyfinancial marketsmonetary policytechnology policystate and local policytrade and immigrationhealthcare and the study of American capitalism. Fellows will work with established scholars that have the academic credentials as well as professional experience that makes them leading experts on public policy issues. By working alongside scholars, fellows will learn how to research complex policy issues and communicate sound economic analysis through academic articles, policy publications, congressional testimony, opinion pieces, and blog posts.

MA Fellowship alum Kristine Johnson credits the MA Fellowship with giving her “a framework from which to view the policy-making world.” Read her Alumni Spotlight and watch her storyApply Now

Application Requirements

To apply to the PhD Fellowship or the MA Fellowship, you must apply to George Mason University’s PhD or MA program in Economics and fill out an online application for the Mercatus Center that includes:

  • A 1-2 page cover letter explaining:
    • your research and research interests,
    • your familiarity with Mason and Mercatus scholars and their research, and
    • what you hope to get out of the program.
  • A current resume/CV
  • A few short answer questions.
  • A 500-1000 word essay on “Why do some societies prosper, while others remain stagnant and poor?”
  • A 10-page writing sample that demonstrates your writing and research skills.

Applicants must be accepted and enrolled in the PhD or MA program in Economics at George Mason University in order to participate in these fellowship programs. 

Admissions Process

  • Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year must be submitted by February 1, 2021 for the PhD Fellowship and February 15, 2021 for the MA Fellowship.
  • Application review will begin after the deadline. 
  • Finalists will be contacted in for interviews in the month following the deadline. 
  • Fellowship decisions will begin to be announced approximately eight weeks after the deadline.

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