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Research Fellowship 2024

Fellows 2023

May 13, 2024Auburn, AL

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

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 finance and business are also encouraged to apply.

Generous sponsors enable the Mises Institute to provide Research 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 library) and to Auburn University's 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 late July.

Ugo Stornaiolo, a 2022 Research Fellow writes, "As a Fellow, you get to develop your own research project under the advice and direction of world class scholars in economics and political philosophy and explore the ideas of the Austrian school in the tradition of Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard."

Manuel García Gojon, a 2021, 2022, and 2023 Research Fellow, shares, "The best part of being a Fellow is the sense of belonging to a robust scholarly community and the support to achieve our academic goals. Applicants should know that while everyone has their own research project, challenging and constructive dialogue is encouraged. An ideal candidate is someone who is serious about pursuing an academic career, passionate about their research, and appreciates the intellectual legacy of Ludwig von Mises."

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 submissions is February 9, 2024. Applications received after February 9 will be considered as space permits. All applicants will be notified of the status of completed applications on March 1, 2024.

Required Application Documents

  • Completed application
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Copy of student ID
  • Two academic letters of recommendation
  • Academic writing sample
  • Detailed proposal of the research you wish to conduct during the summer if a Fellowship is granted
  • Completed Manual for Visiting Scholars Agreement
Application Guidelines

Writing Sample

A sample of academic writing, either a paper written for a class or 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 you are addressing, why is it important, why past attempts to solve it have been inadequate or nonexistent, and how your research will contribute to its solution. Suggested length is 3-5 pages, stylistic format of your choice.

Letters of Recommendation

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, letters should address your commitment to and capacity for pursuing a graduate degree. If you are a graduate student, letters should address the quality of your research and potential to make contributions in your academic field. If your professors wish to send letters privately, they can be emailed to fellowships@mises.org.

Questions? Email Felicia Jones (felicia@mises.org).

Sponsor a Fellow

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, Director of Development at kristy@mises.org or (334) 321-2101, or use this 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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