PhD Fellowship


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

Applications are now closed.

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

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.

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.

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 interests and current projects,
    • 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

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

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