Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship

A one-year program for doctoral students from any university and discipline with training in quantitative methods and interest in political economy.

Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year are due March 15, 2023.

Details

The total award of up to $7,000 includes: 

  • A stipend
  • All required readings
  • Travel and lodging to attend colloquia hosted by the Mercatus Center

Qualifications

In order to be accepted into the Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship program, you must be:

  • Enrolled in a PhD program with training in quantitative methods from any university and in any discipline  

About the Fellowship

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

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Additional Financial Support

Additional sources of funding are available to our Morgernstern Fellows, including:

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Have more questions? 

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

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

    Yes. Acceptance to the program is conditional on enrollment in an accredited PhD program during the year of participation in the Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship program.

    Yes. It is the responsibility of the applicant to determine whether work related to completing a dissertation or going on the job market will interfere with full involvement in the program. Applicants who can commit to full participation in the program are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Yes. PhD students from any discipline who have training in quantitative methods (including but not limited to advanced statistics, regression analysis, experimental economics, mathematical modeling and agent-based modeling) and have a research and/or teaching interest that would benefit from a greater understanding of key writings in political economy are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Any student of any nationality enrolled in any doctoral program at any university, in the US or abroad, is eligible to apply for the Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship. The program will arrange and cover airfare, as well as lodging and meals associated with the fellowship.

    Each fellow is responsible for making the appropriate verifications of their eligibility to receive funding from the Mercatus Center. Fellows should check with their home departments, international student offices, and/or private foundations (as appropriate) to verify their eligibility. Fellows are responsible for any applicable taxes on the honoraria provided through the Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship Program.

    The terms of the Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship carry with them the expectation that fellows will be substantially involved in the entirety of the formal colloquium schedule as well as the activities, including meals and hospitality, that are scheduled as part of the conference program. This expectation exists because conversations about the readings and the discussions in the colloquium sessions invariably continue beyond the time allotted by the program schedule. We also strongly encourage the fellows to interact with each other and the faculty participants about their own and each other’s academic work and how it relates to the themes discussed in session. Consequently, in order to ensure that every fellow gets the most out of the experience, all fellows are required to lodge at the conference site and to be present for the entirety of the scheduled program.

    Colloquium dates are subject to some variability. The program will typically host two weekend colloquia in the fall and a half-weeklong colloquium in the spring. Exact dates will be communicated to successful applicants by July preceding participation in the program.

    Fellows should plan to arrive at the conference hotel no later than 5pm on the day on which the colloquium. Fellows may depart from the hotel at their convenience once the colloquium formally adjourns.

    Fellows are responsible for maintaining an up-to-date record with the program of a valid postal address to which packages can be shipped. Readings will be distributed both by email and by post 2 months in advance of each colloquium.

    Fellows may submit for reimbursement any conventional expenses associated with academic travel. These expenses include cab fare and mileage incurred by the fellow to and from home and the conference site, parking, and hotel accommodation in the event of travel delays.

    Yes.

    Most well-known for his central role in the application of mathematics to economics alongside John von Neumann known as game theory, Oskar Morgenstern earned his PhD in political science from the University of Vienna in 1925 and trained under some of the earliest scholars of the Austrian tradition of economics – Friedrich von Wieser, Hans Mayer and Ludwig von Mises. In 1931, Morgenstern succeeded F.A. Hayek as the director of the Austrian Institute for Economic Research (which Hayek founded with Mises, and still exists today) when Hayek accepted a position with the London School of Economics. In 1935, he became a professor of economics at the University of Vienna and was an active participant in Karl Menger’s “Vienna Colloquium.” When Austria was annexed by Germany during his lecture tour in the United States, he became a professor of economics at Princeton University. In 1970, he joined the faculty at New York University.

    Yes, fellowship recipients are eligible to re-apply to the Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship each year of their studies. Oskar Morgenstern Fellows are also eligible to apply for conference travel and research support. Doctoral students may also be eligible for the Adam Smith Fellowship, Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship, Elinor Ostrom Fellowship and Don Lavoie Fellowship.

    Email [email protected] regarding general questions about the fellowship or questions about you application status or application materials.

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    Confirm your qualifications

    In order to be accepted into the Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship program, you must be:

    • Enrolled in PhD program with training in quantitative methods at any university and in any discipline

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    Review the program requirements to ensure the Oskar Morgenstern Fellowship is right for you.