Graduate Student Programs
For over 30 years, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has recruited, trained, and supported graduate students who have gone on to careers in academia, government, business, and public policy.
The Mercatus Center’s PhD Fellowship Program is a three year competitive fellowship program for students who are pursuing a PhD in economics at George Mason University. Our PhD fellows take courses in Virginia political economy, Austrian economics, and institutional analysis and work on projects that use these lenses to understand global prosperity and social change.
The Mercatus Center’s Dissertation Fellowship Program is a one year, renewable, competitive fellowship program for students who have advanced to candidacy in their Ph.D. program at George Mason University and are working on dissertations that aim at understanding how social change occurs and how to create a freer society.
The Mercatus Center's 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.
The Mercatus Center’s MA Fellowship Program is a competitive fellowship program for students in George Mason University’s MA economics program who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in applied economics in preparation for a career in public policy. Our MA fellows take specialized courses which provide analytic training in applying economic ideas to solve problems in the world.
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 Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship is awarded to graduate students attending master’s, juris doctoral, and doctoral programs in a variety of fields including economics, law, political science, and public policy.
The Mercatus Center's Summer Research Fellowship is a competitive semester long program for students who are pursuing a PhD in economics at George Mason University. Summer Research Fellows receive support while they research, write, and develop papers into publishable quality articles.
The Mercatus Center's Advanced Austrian Seminar is designed for students beginning a doctoral program in economics as well as advanced undergraduate and master’s students who intend to pursue a terminal degree in economics. This seminar presents an opportunity to go beyond primary and secondary texts in the Austrian tradition through lectures and discussions with leading scholars pursuing academic research that applies the insights of the Austrian school to contemporary questions in political economy.