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Summer Fellowships

Summer fellowships in residence at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama are available to graduate or law students, ABDs and post-docs interested in scientific research in the Austrian school and libertarian political economy. 

These summer fellowships offer a unique opportunity for full-time research and writing in a particular area of specialization under the guidance of Institute faculty. The program is targeted for students seeking careers as academic educators and researchers, though students interested in law, finance, and business are also encouraged to apply.

Generous sponsors enable the Mises Institute to provide Summer Fellows with a single occupancy apartment on the Mises Institute campus, an office at the Mises Institute, directed research from Institute faculty, admission to Rothbard Graduate School and Mises University, access to the Institute's vast library (including Murray Rothbard's private collection) and to Auburn University library, a stipend, and transportation between the Atlanta airport and the Mises Institute.

Residency runs from mid May until early August.

 “It really was a fantastic luxury to be able to interact with an eminent scholar in my line of research on such a frequent basis,” Audrey Redford, a 2014 Fellow, and PhD student at Texas Tech, recently told us. “Working and engaging with the other fellows was incredibly productive and fun. We bounced ideas off one another in an environment that was constructive and rigorous, but also pleasant and approachable.”

Matt McCaffrey, a 2013 Summer Fellow, recently joined the faculty at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. “The Mises fellowship has been the single most important influence in my development as a scholar,” Dr. McCaffrey writes. “No other program could have given me the resources I needed to start my career. The fellowship offers time and learning materials of course, but the most important element of the experience is the support and guidance you receive.”

How to Apply

To apply for a Summer Fellowship, visit the application page in the Mises Academy. You will need to take 1-2 minutes to create a free Mises Academy username if you do not already have one. Once on the application page, you can complete the application form and submit the required documents using the simple upload feature. All applicants will be notified of the status of his or her completed application after a faculty review.

Required application documents

  • completed application
  • unofficial transcript
  • copy of student ID
  • two academic letters of recommendation
  • an academic writing sample
  • detailed proposal of the research you wish to conduct during the summer if a fellowship is granted

Deadline for application is March 2, 2015. Applications received after March 2 will be considered, as space permits. Download a poster to display on bulletin boards or outside your office.

Application Guidelines

Writing Sample

A sample of academic writing, either a paper written for a class or a BA or MA thesis, or articles published on Mises.org or Lewrockwell.com. Any length. Applicants are not expected to write something original specifically for this application.

Research Proposal

The research proposal should include an explanation of the topic; sources to date (articles, books); the methodology (deductive, historical, empirical); the data (if applicable) of the study you plan to use; and a statement about the rationale of the research: what is the problem or issue that you are addressing, why it is important, why past attempts to solve it have been inadequate or nonexistent, and how your research will contribute to its solution. Suggested length 3-5 pages, stylistic format of your choice.

Letters of Recommendation

These two letters should address your academic strengths that go beyond what is recorded in the university transcript. Particularly helpful are comments on your interest in Austrian economics or Austrian scholarship in general. Additionally, if you are an undergraduate, these letters should address your commitment to and capacity for pursuing a graduate degree. If you are a graduate student, the letters should address the quality of your research and potential to make contributions in your academic field. If your professors wish to send these letters privately, they can be emailed to fellowships@mises.org or faxed to 734-448-8148.

Your tax-deductible gift of $15,000 will sponsor a named fellowship position at the Mises Institute. To make a donation and have a fellowship named in your honor or in honor of your loved ones, contact Kristy Holmes, Donor Relations at donate@mises.com or 334-321-2101, or use the online donation form.

Distinguished Former Fellows

Many of the hundreds of former Mises Institute Fellows have distinguished themselves in the academic world and are influential in fostering interest in and understanding of Austrian economic theory and libertarian philosophy.

Among the distinguished former fellows are: