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 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.