About the Elinor Ostrom Fellowship

The Mercatus Center's Elinor Ostrom Fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship program awarded to PhD students from any university and any discipline, including but not limited to economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology.

The aim of this fellowship is to expose students to the themes of markets, culture, morality, and sociality within the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy and to provide them with the tools needed to utilize this framework in academic research that explore these themes. Elinor Ostrom Fellows spend three weekends during the academic year participating in colloquia on these three schools of political economy. Fellows will join a network of Mercatus students, alumni, and scholars who are conducting and engaging with cutting-edge research in contemporary political economy.

The online application includes:

  • A 1-2 page cover letter explaining:
    • your graduate school career to date,
    • your research interests and current projects, and
    • how your research and current projects would benefit from a greater understanding of the themes of markets, culture, morality, and sociality within the Austrian, Virginia and Bloomington schools of political economy
  • A current resume/CV
  • A few short answer questions

Application review will begin after the deadline, and we anticipate decisions will begin to be announced approximately eight to twelve weeks after the deadline.

Return to the Elinor Ostrom Fellowship page.