Rothbard Graduate Seminar 2023

Rothbard Graduate Seminar
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The purpose of the Rothbard Graduate Seminar is to provide an intense study of Misesian and Rothbardian economic analysis, along with the substantive conclusions of that research in related fields.

The core text for RGS 2023 is  Murray N. Rothbard’s Power and Market: Government and the Economy.  The text will be supplemented by selected readings from some of Rothbard’s other works such as America’s Great Depression and Economic Controversies.  One of the goals of the seminar is to provide the foundations for a rigorous analysis  of the contemporary Progressive economic agenda.

Welcoming remarks and discussions take place over dinner Sunday, June 4. Sessions begin Monday morning, June 5, and end Friday afternoon, June 9.

Scholarship application deadline is March 3, with decisions communicated to all applicants by March 17.

Attendance is limited to a small number of exceptional full-time students who are pursuing graduate degrees in economics, history, philosophy, law, political science, and business disciplines and who seek a career in academia or research. Applicants must be current graduate students or provide a copy of graduate school acceptance for the fall.

Each applicant must provide a copy of the following: student photo ID, Unofficial Academic Transcript, one letter of academic recommendation, and a writing sample.

Important Note: all seminar applicants agree to abide by the Mises Institute’s Visiting Scholar Manual.

Scholarships include study materials, meals, accommodations with arrival Sunday, June 4 and departure Saturday, June 10 (accommodation location will be emailed to accepted students). Students are responsible for the cost of transportation to Auburn. (Most people fly into Atlanta airport, 100 miles north of Auburn and use Groome Transportation for shuttle service between Atlanta and Auburn. There are no shuttles to Auburn from airports other than Atlanta. Shuttle reservations can be made after you receive information on the accommodations location.)

Special thanks to Alice J. Lillie for making this event possible.

Scholarship 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 or Any length. Applicants are not expected to write something original specifically for this application.

Letter of Recommendation

This letter 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, and your commitment to and capacity for pursuing a graduate degree. If you are already a graduate student, the letters should address the quality of your research and potential to make contributions in your academic field. If your professor wishes to send this letter privately, it can be emailed to

Students apply for a scholarship here. 

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