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Adam Smith Fellowships

Adam Smith Fellowships

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 in a variety of fields including economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology.

 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, Smith Fellows spend three weekends during the academic year and one week during the summer in residence at George Mason University participating in workshops and seminars on the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy.

 The total award of up to $10,000 includes a quarterly stipend and travel and lodging to attend colloquia hosted by the Mercatus Center. Fellowship winners are eligible to re-apply each year of their studies. Smith Fellows are also eligible to apply for conference and research support.

 In order to apply to the Smith Fellowship, please click the “Apply Now” button and complete the online application. The application includes:

  • A 1-2 page cover letter explaining:
    • Your graduate school career to date,
    • Your research and your 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

 If you have any questions, please email SmithFellowship@mercatus.gmu.edu

 Graduate Student Programs is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 academic year. The deadline to apply to the Smith Fellowship is March 15, 2015.



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