Should I apply to the Adam Smith Fellowship program?

Students who meet all of the following 3 criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  1. Students that will be enrolled in an accredited PhD program during the upcoming academic year.
  2. Students that are able to commit to traveling 3 weekends and 1 week for colloquia during the upcoming academic year.
  3. Students that have a research or teaching interest that would benefit from a greater understanding of key writings in political economy.
I am planning on attending graduate school next year. Can I still apply?

Yes. Acceptance to the program is conditional on enrollment in an accredited PhD program during the year of participation in the Adam Smith Fellowship program.

I will be completing my PhD during the upcoming academic year. Am I still eligible?

Yes. It is the responsibility of the applicant to determine whether work related to completing a dissertation or going on the job market will interfere with full involvement in the program.  Applicants who can commit to full participation in the program are strongly encouraged to apply.

My discipline is not one of the disciplines that you have listed. Am I still eligible?

Yes. PhD students from any discipline who have a research or teaching interest that would benefit from a greater understanding of key writings in political economy are strongly encouraged to apply.

I am not based in the United States. I am eligible for the fellowship?

Any student of any nationality enrolled in any doctoral program at any university, in the US or abroad, is eligible to apply for the Adam Smith Fellowship. The program will arrange and cover airfare, as well as lodging and meals associated with the fellowship.

Am I eligible to receive the funding provided by the Adam Smith Fellowship Program?

Each fellow is responsible for making the appropriate verifications of their eligibility to receive funding from the Mercatus Center. Fellows should check with their home departments, international student offices, or private foundations (as appropriate) to verify their eligibility. Fellows are responsible for any applicable taxes on the honoraria provided through the Adam Smith Fellowship.

Why is it important for me to attend all scheduled events including scheduled lunches and dinner?

The terms of the Adam Smith Fellowship carry with them the expectation that fellows will be substantially involved in the entirety of the formal colloquium schedule as well as the activities, including meals and hospitality, that are scheduled as part of the conference program. This expectation exists because conversations about the readings and the discussions in the colloquium sessions invariably continue beyond the time allotted by the program schedule. We also strongly encourage the fellows to interact with each other and faculty participants about their own and each other’s academic work and how it relates to the themes discussed in session. Consequently, in order to ensure that every fellow gets the most out of the experience, all fellows are required to lodge at the conference site and to be present for the entirety of the scheduled program. 

What is the schedule of colloquia for the coming academic year?

Colloquium dates are subject to some variability. Historically, the program has hosted two weekend colloquia in the fall, one weekend colloquium in the spring, and one week long colloquium in the summer. Exact dates will be confirmed during the months of June or July preceding participation in the program.

For weekend colloquia, fellows should plan to arrive at the conference hotel prior to 5pm on the Thursday that commences the colloquium; fellows are free to leave at their convenience on Sunday morning when the colloquium adjourns.

How will the readings and other materials associated with my involvement in the Adam Smith Fellowship Program be provided?

Fellows are responsible for maintaining an up to date record with the program of a valid postal address to which packages can be shipped. Readings will be distributed both by email and by post 2 months in advance of each colloquium.

What expenses are reimbursable under the terms of the Adam Smith Fellowship?

Fellows may submit for reimbursement any conventional expenses associated with academic travel. These expenses include cab fare and mileage incurred by the fellow to and from home and the conference site, parking, and hotel accommodation in the event of travel delays

The Mercatus Center was unable to award me a fellowship this year. Can I apply again?


Are there additional opportunities for support for prospective or past participants in the Adam Smith Fellowship Program?

Yes, fellowship winners are eligible re-apply to the Adam Smith Fellowship each year of their studies. Adam Smith Fellows are also eligible to apply for conference travel and research support. Doctoral students may also be eligible for the Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship and Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship.

I still have questions about the Mercatus Center Adam Smith Fellowship Program.

Email SmithFellowship@mercatus.gmu.edu regarding general questions about the fellowship or questions about you application status or application materials.