PhD Fellowship Program Requirements

Beginning with the Fall 2015 semester, we will no longer be offering Mercatus Research Assistantship as a standalone program. Instead, previous Research Assistants will now be designated as a Mercatus Center Ph.D. Fellow. Each person receiving this award should refer to it as a "Mercatus Center Ph.D. Fellowship, 2015-2016" on his or her CV. 

Mercatus Center PhD Fellows are required to:

  • maintain a 3.3 G.P.A.
  • enroll in 9 credits each semester 
  • actively participate in the Mercatus School Readings Group
  • spend approximately 20 hours each week working with Mercatus Center staff and faculty mentors throughout the year
  • submit an activities report along with a current bio and CV to Academic and Student Programs each quarter and as requested

Mercatus Center PhD Fellows are expected to:

  • participate in Mercatus Center Academic and Student Programs colloquia, workshops and seminars
  • (beginning in their second year) present quality original research at professional academic conferences
  • (beginning in their third year) submit quality original research to professional academic journals

Mercatus Center PhD Fellows are encouraged to:

  • build relationships with Mercatus Center Academic and Student Programs Visiting Scholars
  • build relationships with Mercatus Center scholars and members of our faculty network
  • attend Mercatus Center brown bags and occasional lectures

Mercatus Center PhD Fellows are prohibited from:

  • accepting outside work or receiving outside funding without prior written approval from Academic and Student Programs. This policy includes but is not limited to additional fellowships/assistantships, travel grants, and conventional paid employment

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