PhD Fellowship

Summary

For students pursuing a doctoral degree in economics at George Mason University and interested in a career in academia.


Applications Due: February 1, 2020

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The 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.

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.

Acceptance into the fellowship program is dependent on acceptance into the PhD program in economics at George Mason University. 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. PhD students at GMU outside the economics department should apply for the Dissertation Fellowship.

In order to apply to the PhD Fellowship, please click the “Apply Now” button and complete the online application. The online application 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 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
  • A few short answer questions

2020-2021 Application Deadline: February 1, 2020 

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If you have any questions, please email PhDFellowship@mercatus.gmu.edu.