Joseph Schumpeter Fellowship


For undergraduate students at George Mason University who are interested in learning more about political economy.

The Joseph Schumpeter Fellowship is a competitive, renewable fellowship program for undergraduate students at George Mason University. Fellowships are open to full- and part-time degree-seeking Mason 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.

Schumpeter Fellows study foundational writings in political economy from several notable economists and attend a series of conversations with various Mason faculty and Mercatus scholars. Schumpeter 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 Schumpeter Fellowship includes a stipend, meals and all required readings at program events, and advice on research, jobs, and graduate school. Schumpeter Fellows are eligible to apply for conference and research support. It is a total award of up to $1,000 per semester.

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

  •  A 1-2 page cover letter explaining:
    • your undergraduate school career at to date,
    • your future academic and/or professional plans,
    • why you are interested in studying key ideas in political economy, and
    • what you hope to get of the program.
  • A current resume
  • A current Mason transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable)
  • A few short answer questions

The application period for the Spring 2019 semester is now closed. 

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