Don Lavoie Fellowship


An online, semester-long program for undergrads, recent grads, and students interested in political economy.

Applications are now closed.

The Don Lavoie Fellowship is a competitive, renewable, and online fellowship program for advanced undergraduates, recent graduates, and early-stage graduate students. Fellowships are open to students from any discipline who are interested in studying key ideas in political economy and learning how to utilize these ideas in academic and policy research.

Don Lavoie Fellows attend a series of online activities, including an online discussion portal and online reading discussion sessions led by various Hayek Program scholars that introduce them to key ideas in the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy as well as contemporary work in this tradition. Fellows will join a network of Mercatus students, alumni, faculty, and scholars who are conducting and engaging with cutting edge research in contemporary political economy.

The total award of up to $1,250 includes a stipend and all required readings for online events, and advice on research, jobs, and graduate school.

In order to apply to the Don Lavoie 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 interests and current projects,
    • your familiarity with the thinkers associated with the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy, and
    • what you hope to get out of the program.
  • A current resume/CV
  • A few short answer questions 
  • Two short essays

Email regarding general questions about the Don Lavoie Fellowship or questions about your application materials or application status.

Applications are now closed.  Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year will open in the fall of 2022.  

Application review will begin after the deadline and we anticipate decisions will begin to be announced approximately eight weeks after the deadline.

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