About the Exploring Complex Solutions for a Complex World Fellowship

The Exploring Complex Solutions for a Complex World Fellowship is a competitive, renewable, and online fellowship program for high school students. Fellowships are open to students from any high school program (whether public, private, or home school) who are interested in understanding political, economics, and social life. This program is part of the Don Lavoie Fellowship.

Exploring Complex Solutions Fellows attend a series of online activities, including an online discussion portal and online reading discussion sessions led by various Hayek Program scholars that introduce them to the complexity of the world around us, the challenges of planning, and the importance of trade-offs. Fellows will join a network of Mercatus students, alumni, faculty, and scholars who are conducting and engaging with cutting edge research in contemporary political economy.

This online program runs from January through April each academic year. Each participant will receive copies of the books discussed in the program, which have previously included Applied Mainline Economics by Matthew D. Mitchell and Peter J. Boettke; Community Revival in the Wake of Disaster by Virgil Henry Storr, Stefanie Haeffele, and Laura E. Grube; Doing Bad by Doing Good by Christopher J. Coyne; and National Economic Planning by Don Lavoie. Those selected to participate in the fellowship can expect to directly interact with Mercatus Center scholars who hold doctoral degrees in economics political science, and sociology, read approximately 100-page selections from each of the 4 books assigned, and to spend roughly 2 hours of time each week participating in asynchronous, online discussions with other high school students and Mercatus Scholars on the reading selections and supplemental materials. Participants will gain experience thinking critically about key issues and participating in discussions with others from a variety of backgrounds. This experience will help prepare students for college and provide an opportunity to receive academic advice from scholars and staff.

The online application includes:

  • Short essays about:
    • Your high school and extracurricular career so far
    • The disciplines you are interested in studying for college
    • Your political, economic, and social interests
    • What you hope to get out of the program
  • A current resume/CV (optional)

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

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