Student Opportunities

The Bagwell Center for the Study of Markets and Economic Opportunity is part of a larger network of organizations who also aim to communicate the benefits of a free society. For opportunities to engage with these ideas both at BCSMEO and within the broader network, please see the information below.

Bagwell Center for the Study of Markets and Economic Opportunities Undergraduate Research Fellowship

This fellowship is open to all undergraduate students from any discipline at Kennesaw State University. Fellows will be expected to work with a faculty advisor to write a paper over the course of their fellowship. In addition to the formal requirements of the fellowship, there will also be opportunities to receive funding to present research at academic conferences.  For more information on the Bagwell Center’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship, please visit the page here.

West Virginia University Summer Empirical Workshop

The WVU Center for Free Enterprise is hosting a Summer Empirical Workshop, welcoming applications from advanced undergraduate and graduate students that aim to broaden their empirical research skills.

The summer workshop will provide introductory courses and short courses in:

  • Web scraping
  • Advanced issues in econometrics
  • Constructing and conducting experimental and survey research

Courses will be taught by Drs. Gregory DeAngelo, Bryan McCannon and Adam Nowak and will give workshop participants the empirical skills needed to develop new research questions.

The deadline for applications is July 1, 2018. For more information on how to apply, please visit their website here.

The Economist Essay Contest for Young People

The Economist has launched the Open Future initiative to re-state the case for the values of classical liberalism—that is, political, economic and social freedom—to address the challenges of the 21st century. The Economist wants this exploration of ideas to involve their critics as well as their supporters, and to engage a young audience in particular.

As part of the initiative they are holding five essay contests, based on the five Open Future themes (Borders, Ideas, Markets, Society and Progress). Each contest is open to people between 16 and 25 years old. Essays should be no longer than 1,500 words; only one submission is allowed per theme (though entrants may submit essays on more than one theme). The deadline for submissions is July 15th 2018. For more information on how to enter, please visit their website here.

Graduate School Opportunities

For students who are interested in graduate school and graduate school fellowship opportunities, please see the information below.

Academic & Student Programs at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

For over 30 years, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University (previously the Center for the Study of Market Processes) has recruited, trained, and supported graduate students who have gone on to pursue careers in academia, government, and public policy as well as supported scholars pursuing research on the cutting edge of academia.

The PhD Fellowship is a competitive, full-time fellowship program for students who are pursuing a doctoral degree in economics at George Mason University. It includes full tuition support, a stipend, and experience as a research assistant working closely with Mercatus-affiliated Mason faculty and scholars.

The MA Fellowship is a two-year, competitive, full-time fellowship program for students pursuing a master’s degree in economics at George Mason University who are interested in pursuing careers in public policy. It includes full tuition support, a stipend, and practical experience as a research assistant working with Mercatus policy scholars.

The Adam Smith Fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship program for graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees at any university, and in any discipline, including economics, philosophy, political science, history, and sociology. Adam Smith Fellows receive a stipend and attend colloquia on the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy.

The Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship program for graduate students attending master’s, juris doctoral, and doctoral programs in a variety of fields including economics, law, political science, and public policy. Frédéric Bastiat Fellows receive a stipend and attend colloquia on public policy.

For more information on fellowship opportunities at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, visit their page here.

Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University

The FMI offers three-year fellowships for students seeking a Ph.D. in fields related to the theory, history, and practice of free markets. These fellowships provide full tuition support and a competitive stipend during each academic year. Fellowship funding is currently available to students pursuing a Ph.D. degree in either the Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics or the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University. For more information on graduate student fellowship opportunities at the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University, visit their page here.

Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University

The Johnson Center has a wide range of financial support available to students pursuing a M.A. in economics at Troy University. In addition to the M.A. Assistantship, the Johnson Center also offers tuition scholarships to students.

For more information on the M.A. program in economics at Troy University and their financial support opportunities, visit their page here.

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