Apply Now: The Mercatus Center PhD and MA Fellowships

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Apply today to Mercatus Center's PhD and MA Fellowships!

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Applications are now open for PhD and MA Fellowships!

The Mercatus Center offers fellowships to graduate students pursuing an advanced degree in economics at George Mason University.

Fellows will join a network of Mercatus students, alumni, and scholars who are conducting and engaging with cutting-edge research in contemporary political economy.


MA Fellowship

The Mercatus 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 an advanced degree in applied economics in preparation for a career in public policy.

MA Fellows can pursue skills that prepare them for a career in public policy, including policy research, strategic communications, outreach, and project management. All fellows are required to take courses toward an MA in economics from George Mason University and are encouraged to take electives in courses that further their expertise in conducting and communicating economic analysis of public policy issues. In addition, fellows attend readings groups and career development workshops and spend at least 20 hours a week working with Mercatus scholars and staff. 

Eligibility:  Acceptance into the fellowship program is dependent on acceptance into George Mason University’s MA program in economics.

Benefits: The total award of up to $80,000 (over two years) includes a monthly stipend, full tuition support (nine credits per semester), and practical experience conducting and disseminating research with Mercatus scholars and staff on pertinent policy issues.

How to Apply:  You must complete the standard application for fall admission to the MA program in Economics at George Mason University and indicate on the application that you would like to be considered for funding.

Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year are due February 15, 2023.

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If you have any questions, please email [email protected].


PhD Fellowship

The Mercatus PhD Fellowship is a competitive, full-time fellowship program for students pursuing a doctoral degree in economics at George Mason University. 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. 

Eligibility: Acceptance into the fellowship program is dependent on acceptance into the PhD program in economics at George Mason University.

Benefits: The total award of up to $200,000 (over five years) includes a monthly stipend, full tuition support (nine credits per semester), and experience as a research assistant working closely with Mercatus-affiliated Mason faculty.

How to Apply: Please complete the standard application for fall admission to the PhD program in Economics at George Mason University, and indicate on the application that you would like to be considered for funding.

Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year are due February 1, 2023.

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If you have questions, please contact us [email protected]


About the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

For over 40 years, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has recruited, trained, and supported graduate students who have gone on to pursue careers in academia, government, and public policy as well as supported scholars pursuing research on the cutting edge of academia. Mercatus student fellows have an opportunity to learn from and interact with an impressive collection of Mercatus faculty, affiliated scholars, and visitors. Past visiting scholars have included Nobel Laureates James Buchanan, Vernon Smith, Douglass North, and Elinor Ostrom, as well as eminent scholars such as Gordon Tullock, Ludwig Lachmann, Israel Kirzner, David Schmidtz, David Friedman, and Deirdre McCloskey.

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