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Research Assistantships

Research Assistantships

The Mercatus Research Assistantship Program is a competitive year long program for students who are pursuing a PhD in economics at George Mason University. Our RAs work closely with scholars and faculty mentors throughout the academic year.

Acceptance into the fellowship program is dependent on acceptance into the PhD program in economics at George Mason University. Please complete the standard application for fall admission to the PhD program in Economics at George Mason University, and indicate on the application that you would like to be considered for funding.

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

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the program,
  • A current resume/CV,
  • A 500-1000 word essay on “Why do some societies prosper, while others remain stagnant and poor?”,
  • A 10-page writing sample, and
  • A few short answer questions. 

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

Graduate Student Programs is no longer accepting applications for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

Research Assistantship Program Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions about the Research Assistantship

Conference Funding

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