Joseph Schumpeter Fellowship 


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

Applications are now closed.

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.

Joseph Schumpeter Fellows study foundational and contemporary writings in political economy by notable scholars 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 Joseph 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

Applications for the 2021 Fall semester are now closed.  Check back in the fall for applications for the 2022 Spring semester.

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