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Fellowship in Residence

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

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These 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 targets 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 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 Seminar 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. NOTE: Attendance is required at Rothbard Graduate Seminar in early June and at Mises University in mid-July.

 “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 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 Fellowship, visit this application page. Once on the application page, you can complete the application form and submit the required documents using the simple upload feature. Deadline for submission is February 5, 2021. Applications received after February 5th will be considered as space permits. All applicants will be notified of the status of completed applications on February 19, 2021.   

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

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.

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, Development Manager 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:

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