Fellowships

We offer fellowships for students pursuing graduate school in economics at George Mason University, for students pursuing other degrees at universities around the world, for those in the early stages of graduate school, and for early-career scholars. Our fellows explore and discuss the foundations of political economy and public policy and pursue research on pressing issues. Successful fellows have gone on to pursue careers in academia as well as public policy positions in federal and state governments and at prominent research institutions.
 

For Students at George Mason University:

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. 

The Dissertation Fellowship is a one-year, renewable, competitive fellowship program for students who have advanced to candidacy in their PhD program at George Mason University and are working on dissertations that aim at understanding how social change occurs and how to create a freer society.

The MA Fellowship is a competitive fellowship program for students in George Mason University’s MA economics program who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in applied economics in preparation for a career in public policy. Our MA fellows take specialized courses which provide analytic training in applying economic ideas to solve problems in the world.

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

 

For Students at Any University and in Any Discipline:

The Adam Smith Fellowship is a co-sponsored program of the Mercatus Center and Liberty Fund, Inc. Adam Smith Fellowships are awarded to graduate students attending PhD programs from any university in a variety of fields including economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology.

The Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship program awarded to graduate students attending master’s, juris doctoral, and doctoral programs in a variety of fields including economics, law, political science, and public policy. 

The Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship program awarded to graduate students with training in quantitative methods who are attending PhD programs from any university in a variety of fields including economics, political science and sociology.

The Elinor Ostrom Fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship program awarded to PhD students from any university and any discipline, including but not limited to economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology.

 

For Those Considering or in the Early Stages of Graduate School:

The Don Lavoie Fellowship is a competitive, renewable, and online fellowship program for advanced undergraduates, recent graduates considering graduate school, 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.

 

For Early Career Scholars:

The Mercatus Center's James Buchanan Fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship awarded to scholars in any discipline who have recently graduated from their doctoral programs.