Thu. Jul 18th, 2019

Oskar Morgenstern Ph.D. Fellowship Program in USA (Fully Funded)

Call Deadline: March 15, 2019 
Value of Amount: $7,000
Nationality: All around the World 
Fellowships can be taken in the USA 

Program Overview 

The Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship program awarded to graduate students with training in quantitative methods who are attending Ph.D. programs from any university in a variety of fields including economics, political science, and sociology.

The aim of this fellowship is to expose students to strategies for utilizing quantitative and empirical techniques to explore key questions and themes advanced the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy.  Morgenstern Fellows spend two weekends during the academic year and three days during the summer participating in colloquia on these three schools of political economy.




  • A total of the award of $7,000 includes a stipend, travel, and lodging to attend colloquia hosted by the Mercatus Center.
  • Morgenstern Fellows are eligible to apply for conference and research support and are eligible to re-apply each year of their studies.



Mercatus Center Oskar Morgenstern Fellows are required to:

  • Remain enrolled as a degree-seeking doctoral student throughout their participation in the Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship Program
  • Attend and actively participate in all aspects of the scheduled program of events (i.e. the two weekends and a half-week long colloquia) including meals, hospitality, and other organized social activities
  • Arrive on time and prepared for each colloquium session having carefully read the assigned reading in advance
  • Complete a short evaluation survey following each colloquium
  • Maintain an up-to-date record with the program of a valid postal address to which packages can be shipped
  • Submit an updated curriculum vitae on request, quarterly over the course of their participation in the program.


Students who meet all of the following 3 criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:

  1. Students who will be enrolled in an accredited Ph.D. program during the upcoming academic year.
  2. Students who are able to commit to traveling 2 weekends and half a week for colloquia during the upcoming academic year.
  3. Students with training in quantitative methods (including but not limited to advanced statistics, regression analysis, experimental economics, and agent-based modeling) and have a research or teaching interest that would benefit from a greater understanding of key writings in political economy.

Mercatus Center Oskar Morgenstern Fellows are expected to:

  • Coordinate their schedules to arrive in the DC metro area and arrive at the conference hotel no later than 4pm on the day on which the colloquium commences, making arrangements with their home institution to cover any teaching assignments that might present scheduling conflicts with travel
  • Submit expense reimbursements within 15 days of the adjourning session of each colloquium

Mercatus Center Oskar Morgenstern Fellows are encouraged to:

  • Build relationships with Mercatus Center faculty
  • Build relationships with other program participants
  • Become engaged with professional organizations that support the schools of thought covered in the program, as appropriate


Application Process 

In order to apply to the Morgenstern Fellowship, please click the “Apply Now” Button and complete the online application. The online application includes:

  • A 1-2 page cover letter explaining:
    • your graduate school career to date,
    • your research and research interest,
    • your familiarity with the thinkers associated with the Austrian, Virginia and Bloomington schools of political economy, and
    • what you hope to get out of the program.
  • A current resume/CV
  • A few short answer questions



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