Submissions open for James Buchanan Fellowship Program

Deadline Date: April 15, 2024

Donor Name: Mercatus Center

Grant Size: $1000 to $10,000

The Mercatus Center is accepting submissions for the James Buchanan Fellowship Program to award scholars in any discipline who have recently graduated from their doctoral programs.

The aim of this fellowship is to encourage early-career scholars to critically engage ideas in the political economy of Adam Smith and the Austrian, Virginia, and Bloomington schools of political economy and the contemporary applications of these ideas to questions in social sciences dealing with the dynamics and institutional underpinnings of economic, political, and social coordination.


  • The total award of up to $8,000 includes:
    • A stipend
    • All required reading materials
    • Travel and lodging to attend colloquia hosted by the Mercatus Center


  • Mercatus Center James Buchanan Fellows are expected to:
    • Coordinate their schedules to arrive in the area hosting the colloquium before 4pm on the days the colloquia commence, making arrangements with their home institution to cover any teaching assignments that might present scheduling conflicts with travel
    • Coordinate their schedules and make appropriate arrangements with appropriate others to cover any teaching assignments and other responsibilities that might present scheduling conflicts
    • Observe conventional standards of professional conduct while in attendance at the facilities hosting the program

Eligibility Criteria

  • Scholars who meet all of the following 4 criteria are strongly encouraged to apply:
    • Scholars who have graduated from accredited PhD Programs within the last 6 years of their year of participation in the fellowship program.
    • Scholars who have academic positions at accredited universities and/or research positions with organizations dedicated to in-depth research in social sciences and other sciences.
    • Scholars who are able to commit to traveling three weekends for colloquia during the upcoming academic year.
    • Scholars who have research and/or teaching interests that would benefit from a greater understanding of key writings in political economy.
  • Early-career scholars with a PhD from any discipline whose research and/or teaching interests would benefit from a greater understanding of key writings in political economy are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Any scholar of any nationality who holds or will hold an academic position (such as teaching, research, academic leadership, etc.) at a university or academic research center, in the US or abroad, during their year of participation is eligible to apply for the James Buchanan Fellowship.

For more information, visit Mercatus Center.

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