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.

Market for Ideas Reading GroupsMarket for Ideas Reading Groups

The Market for Ideas Reading Groups provide a forum for students to engage with key texts in economics and related disciplines with a cohort of their peers under the guidance of a Bagwell Center affiliated faculty member. Each reading group will meet for a total of three hours per semester to discuss readings assigned by the faculty member. Student participants will receive the assigned reading materials, plus a $200 honorarium for each reading group completed (each individual student can potentially participate in up to three reading groups).

For more information on the Market for Ideas Reading Groups, please visit the page here.

Application deadline for the Spring 2019 semester is December 3, 2018.

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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