Mercatus Center at George Mason University - PhD fellowship

February 01, 2022

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  • United States of America
3434 Washington Blvd, 4th Floor, Arlington, VA


The PhD Fellowship is a competitive, full-time fellowship program for students pursuing a doctoral degree in economics at George Mason University. Our PhD Fellows take courses in market process economics, public choice, and institutional analysis and work on projects that use these lenses to understand global prosperity and social change. Successful PhD Fellows have secured tenure-track positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in Europe.


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. PhD students at GMU outside the economics department should apply for the Dissertation Fellowship.

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

  • A 1-2 page cover letter explaining:
    • your research and research interests,
    • your familiarity with Mason and Mercatus scholars and their research, and
    • what you hope to get out of 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 that demonstrates your writing and research skills
  • A few short answer questions

Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year will open in the fall of 2021. 

If you have any questions, please email

About George Mason University

Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature, and influence. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. To that end, we have 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of areas of study.Virginia's Largest Public Research University.

With 36,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students George Mason University is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars and offers over 200-degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our goal is to enable all of our graduates to pursue meaningful lives and successful careers. Our definition of a successful graduate is one who is a well-rounded scholar, an engaged citizen in the community and the world, and has the necessary skill set to compete in the workplace. More than 75 percent of Mason students have a post-graduate plan within six months of graduation (employment, graduate school, military service, or volunteering). Mason is recognized for providing the highest quality education at an affordable price. This past year alone, Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranked Mason as one of the Top 100 Best Values in Public College on its national list, and Forbes magazine and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity ranked Mason number 68 among the Top 100 of “America’s Best College Buys.” In addition, Virginia’s State Council of Higher Education placed Mason at the top of the list of Virginia schools for the highest average starting salary of its recent graduates.

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Description of Ideal Candidate:

For students pursuing a doctoral degree in economics at George Mason University and interested in a career in academia.


Deadline: February 01, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

The total award of up to $200,000 (over five years) includes a monthly stipend, full tuition support (nine credits per semester), and experience as a research assistant working closely with Mercatus-affiliated Mason faculty.

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