Apply Now: The Mercatus Center’s Graduate Student Fellowships

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Apply today to the Graduate Student Fellowships at the Mercatus Center, George Mason University.

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Applications Now Open for 4 Fellowship Programs!

The Mercatus Center’s graduate student fellowships are awarded to students in any discipline and at any university. The aim of these fellowships is to introduce students to and encourage them to critically engage key thinkers in political economy that they might not otherwise encounter during their graduate studies.

We have four funded, part-time fellowships available for graduate students. Read on to learn more about the:

  • Elinor Ostrom Fellowship (new!)
  • Adam Smith Fellowship
  • Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship
  • Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship

All applications are due March 15, 2023!


Elinor Ostrom Fellowship

The Elinor Ostrom Fellowship is our new one-year, part-time competitive fellowship that aims to expose students to the themes of markets, culture, morality, and sociality within the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy and to provide them with the tools needed to utilize this framework in academic research that explores these themes. Elinor Ostrom Fellows spend three weekends during the academic year participating in colloquia on these three schools of political economy.

Eligibility: Awarded to PhD students from any university and any discipline, including but not limited to economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology.

Benefits: A total award of up to $7,000 includes a stipend, travel, and lodging to attend colloquia hosted by the Mercatus Center.


Adam Smith Fellowship

Adam Smith Fellows spend three weekends during the academic year and one week during the summer participating in workshops and seminars on the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy at George Mason University.

Eligibility: Awarded to PhD students at any university and in any discipline, including but not limited to economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology.

Benefits: The total award of up to $10,000 includes a stipend and travel and lodging to attend colloquia hosted by the Mercatus Center.


The Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship

The Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship is a one-year, part-time competitive fellowship program to introduce students to the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy as academic foundations for contemporary policy analysis, policy-relevant academic research, and other applied topics. Fellows will explore how this framework is utilized for a variety of topics (including entrepreneurship, technological innovation, immigration, natural disasters, and military conflicts, and more) during a series of colloquia where they will interact with Mercatus scholars that work on policy analysis and policy-relevant academic research.

Eligibility: Awarded to graduate students attending master’s, JD, and doctoral programs in a variety of fields including economics, law, political science, and public policy.

Benefits: The total award of up to $5,000 includes a stipend and travel and lodging to attend colloquia hosted by the Mercatus Center.


The Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship

The Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship program to expose graduate students to strategies for utilizing quantitative techniques to explore key questions, and themes advanced in the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy. Oskar Morgenstern Fellows spend two weekends and half a week during the academic year participating in colloquia on these three schools of political economy.

Eligibility: PhD students with training in quantitative methods at any university in a variety of fields, including economics, political science and sociology.

Benefits: A total award of up to $7,000 includes a stipend, travel, and lodging to attend colloquia hosted by the Mercatus Center.


All programs have an application deadline of March 15, 2023

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If you have any questions, please email [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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