Adam Smith Fellowship at Mercatus Center in USA 2022

The Mercatus Center welcomes interested and qualified people to apply for the Adam Smith Fellowship in the United States, which will begin in 2022.

Adam Smith Fellowship

The Mercatus Center (formerly the Center for the Study of Market Processes) at George Mason University has recruited, taught, and supported graduate students who have gone on to seek professions in academia, government, and public policy, as well as academics undertaking cutting-edge academic research.

The Adam Smith Fellowship is a Mercatus Center and Liberty Fund, Inc. co-sponsored initiative.

Graduate students enrolled in PhD programs at any institution and in any subject, including but not limited to economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology, are eligible for Adam Smith Fellowships.

The goal of these fellowships is to connect students to prominent ideas in political economics who they may not otherwise meet during their graduate studies and to urge them to critically interact with them.

As a result, Adam Smith Fellows attend workshops and seminars on the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy on three weekends during the academic year and one week during the summer.

Worth of Award

The total award of up to $10,000 includes a stipend and travel and lodging to attend colloquia hosted by the Mercatus Center

Adam Smith Fellowship Requirements

Adam Smith, Mercatus Center Fellows must complete the following tasks:

  • Throughout their involvement in the Adam Smith Fellowship Program, they must remain enrolled as a doctorate student pursuing a degree.
  • Attend and actively engage in all components of the planned program of events, including meals and arranged social activities (i.e. the three weekends and one weeklong colloquia).
  • Arrive on time and prepared for each colloquium session by thoroughly reading the prescribed reading ahead of time.
  • Following each colloquium, complete a brief assessment survey.
  • Maintain a current record in the software of a legitimate postal address where items may be delivered.
  • Upon request, provide an updated curriculum vitae on a quarterly basis during their participation in the program.

Adam Smith, Mercatus Center Fellows are required to do the following:

  • Make arrangements with their home institution to cover any teaching duties that would cause scheduling difficulties with travel by coordinating their schedules to be in the DC metro area before 5 p.m. on Thursdays for the weekend colloquia.
  • Plan their arrival in the DC metro area before 5 p.m. on Sunday for the weeklong colloquium, and make arrangements with their home institution to cover any teaching duties that may cause scheduling difficulties with travel.
  • Submit expenditure reimbursements within 15 days following each colloquium’s adjourning session.

Adam Smith Fellows at the Mercatus Center are encouraged to:

  • Make connections with the Mercatus Center’s professors.
  • Make connections with other program participants.
  • As appropriate, get involved with professional groups that support the schools of thought studied in the curriculum.

How to Apply for Adam Smith Fellowship

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

  • A 1-2 page cover letter explaining
  • your graduate school career to date
  • your research and research interest,
  • 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
  • If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Deadline: applications should be submitted on or before March 15, 2022

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