Mercatus Center launches Don Lavoie Fellowship

Deadline Date: April 15, 2024

Donor Name: Mercatus Center

Grant Size: $1000 to $10,000

The Mercatus Center has launched the Don Lavoie Fellowship to expose students, from any discipline, to the key ideas in political economy and how to utilize them in academic and policy research.


  • The total award of up to $1,250 includes:
    • A stipend
    • All required readings for online events
    • Advice on research, jobs, and graduate school


The fellowship will focus on two major activities:

  • Online reading group sessions: Fellows will meet virtually four times throughout the semester in organized reading groups to discuss books written by Hayek Program scholars.
  • Online discussion portal: The main discussion forum will include videos, podcast episodes, and readings on the key ideas of the Austrian, Virginia and Bloomington schools of political economy and prompts for written discussion.


  • Mercatus Center Don Lavoie Fellows are expected to:
    • Coordinate their schedules to maintain a consistent level of meaningful engagement both in the discussion portal and online group discussion sessions throughout the duration of the fellowship to establish good overall standing (the fellowship award is contingent on good standing in the program)
    • Be honest, responsible, fair, and civil in all activities of the Don Lavoie Fellowship program
    • Observe conventional standards of professional conduct while participating in the Don Lavoie Fellowship program
    • Adhere to policies, procedures, and deadlines communicated by Mercatus Center staff related to their participation in the fellowship

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be accepted into the Don Lavoie Fellowship program, you must be one of the following:
    • Enrolled in a graduate program from any university and in any discipline 
    • An advanced undergraduate considering for graduate school
    • A recent graduate considering graduate school
  • The Don Lavoie Fellowship is open to students from any discipline or program.
  • Any student of any nationality at any university, in the US or abroad, is eligible to apply for the Don Lavoie Fellowship. The program will be conducted entirely online.

For more information, visit Mercatus Center.

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