The Mercatus Center Adam Smith Fellowship for PhD Students


Deadline : March 15, 2020 .  

Apply for the Mercatus Center Adam Smith Fellowship for PhD Students . Mercatus student fellows have an opportunity to learn from and interact with an impressive collection of Mercatus faculty, affiliated scholars, and visitors. 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 at any university and in any discipline, including but not limited to economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology.

Previous fellowship winners are eligible re-apply to the Adam Smith Fellowship each year of their studies. Besides the total award reserved for the program, Adam Smith Fellows are also eligible to apply for conference travel and research support. The aim of these fellowships is to introduce students to and encourage them to critically engage key thinkers in political economy that they might not otherwise encounter during their graduate studies. As such, Adam Smith Fellows spend three weekends during the academic year and one week during the summer participating in workshops and seminars on the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy.


Successful candidates will receive the following benefits

  • The program will arrange and cover airfare, as well as lodging and meals associated with the fellowship.
  • The total award of up to $10,000 includes a stipend and travel and lodging to attend colloquia hosted by the Mercatus Center.


To be eligible, you must fulfill the following criteria

  • 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.
  • Students that will be enrolled in an accredited PhD program during the upcoming academic year.
  • Students that are able to commit to traveling 3 weekends and 1 week for colloquia during the upcoming academic year.
  • Students that have a research or teaching interest that would benefit from a greater understanding of key writings in political economy.


You will need create your application and submit the following documents during the application :

  • A 1-2 page cover letter explaining:
    • your graduate school career to date,
    • your research and research interests,
    • your familiarity with the thinkers associated with the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy, and
    • what you hope to get out of the program.
  • A current resume/CV
  • A few short answer questions

To apply Click here

For more information, visit Adam Smith Fellowship


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