Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship


A one-year program for graduate students from any university and discipline who are interested in public policy.

The Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship program awarded to graduate students attending master’s, juris doctoral, and doctoral programs in a variety of fields including economics, law, political science, and public policy. 

The aim of this fellowship is 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, regulation, immigration, natural disasters and military conflicts, and federal and state fiscal policy) during a series of colloquia where they will interact with Mercatus scholars that work on the cutting edge of policy analysis and policy-relevant academic research.

The total award of up to $5,000 includes a stipend and travel and lodging to attend colloquia hosted by the Mercatus Center. Frédéric Bastiat Fellows are eligible to apply for conference and research support. They can also re-apply to the fellowship each year of their studies.

In order to apply to the Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship, please click the “Apply Now” button and complete the online application. The online application includes:

  • A 1-2 page cover letter explaining:
    • your graduate school career to date,
    • your research and research interests,
    • your familiarity with Mercatus scholars and their research, and
    • what you hope to get out of the program.
  • A current resume/CV
  • A few short answer questions 

Applications for the 2019-2020 Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship are now closed.

Mercatus Center Academic and Student Programs is currently reviewing applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. We expect to begin communicating application decisions six to eight weeks after the March 15th deadline. 

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