Is the Mercatus Center Dissertation Fellowship only for students working within the Department of Economics at George Mason University?

No. While our PhD Fellowships are targeted towards students in the GMU Economics program, we welcome applications for our Dissertation Fellowships from any student whose dissertation research relates to understanding social change.

I have written a paper on X. Is this a good choice for the required writing sample?

We utilize the writing sample to examine each applicant’s writing style and ability, grasp of language, and clarity of thought. We are not particularly concerned with the specific content of the sample. Therefore you should choose whichever work you feel will give us the best impression of your skills as a writer.

Mercatus was unable to accept me as a Dissertation Fellow this year. Can I apply again?


I still have questions about the Mercatus Center Dissertation Fellowship Program.

General questions about the Fellowship – email PhDFellowship@mercatus.gmu.edu.

Questions about your application status or application materials – email PhDFellowship@mercatus.gmu.edu.

Questions about the Mercatus Center in general or directions – contact Mercatus at (800) 815-5711.

Questions about your application to GMU – Contact the Economics Department at (703) 993-1135