Graduate Fellowships

AIER’s Graduate Fellowships are 12-week programs for graduate students who are working in areas that advance AIER’s mission: to affirm free enterprise, economic liberty, property rights, sound money, and legal institutions that shore up the rights of individuals to be free to the extent that their actions do not impinge on the rights of others. 

Each Graduate Fellow is expected to make substantive headway on a project like a dissertation or thesis that will directly advance their academic studies. As part of their fellowship, each Fellow will craft a project plan, present their research to AIER staff and visitors, and share their work with the general public through written pieces for AIER’s website.

Each fellow should expect to work closely with AIER faculty to build skills, work through research issues, and build professional networks. Fellows will leave AIER having made substantive progress on their project as well as having developed intellectually and professionally.

Alex Schaefer

Amidst the hilly, bucolic Berkshires lies a hub of intellectual activity, an institute dedicated to studying free economic and political orders. In my time at AIER, intelligent colleagues, a beautiful setting, and limited distractions allowed me to bring my work on decentralized governance to the next level.

Fellowship Details

Graduate Fellowships are awarded through a competitive application process for Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters. Fellows are expected to arrive on campus for orientation by the start date.

Upcoming session dates and deadlines to apply:


  • Spring 2025: February 3rd through April 26th, 2025. Applications due 10/11/24.
  • Summer 2025: Late May through Mid-August, 2025. Exact dates and application deadline to be announced.
  • Fall 2025: Late August through Mid-November, 2025. Exact dates and application deadline to be announced.

Selected candidates are contacted for an interview within 2 weeks of the due date.



Graduate Fellows receive a $350 per week living stipend.

Accommodations, Meals, and Travel

Housing is provided in the AIER manor or cottages right on campus, close to the beautiful town of Great Barrington. Lunch is provided for AIER staff, fellows, and interns every workday. AIER covers travel costs to and from campus.