Founded in 1933, American Institute for Economic Research educates Americans on the value of personal freedom, free enterprise, property rights, limited government and sound money. AIER’s ongoing scientific research demonstrates the importance of these principles in advancing peace, prosperity and human progress.

The Institute is located on a beautiful 100-acre campus in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Our staff and visiting researchers enjoy a Cotswold-style manor estate, office complex, lake, huge library, and archives dating back over 85 years.

From full-time employment to week-long colloquia, AIER offers a variety of opportunities for professionals and students alike.

Residency for visiting scholars and interns is provided in the manor or cottages right on campus, close to the beautiful town of Great Barrington.

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As a paid intern at AIER, you will work closely with staff on projects relating to your interests. Your skills can be applied to scholarly research, program/event planning, marketing, graphic design, communications, editorial writing, and development/fundraising.

Housing is provided in the AIER manor or cottages right on campus, close to the beautiful town of Great Barrington. Those visiting from outside of New England are also eligible for a $750 travel stipend. Many meals are also included.

Applications are welcome throughout the year.

Applications reviewed:

Accepted candidates are notified within 30 days.




Harwood Graduate Colloquia

These four-day events are intended for graduate students and consist of a combination of interactive discussions and provocative lectures based on pre-assigned readings. Participants are given ample time to interact with each other and prominent scholars. Topics vary by year and may include: Alternative Governance, Monetary Policy, Economic Freedom, The Business Cycle, Economic Methodology, and Property Rights.

Our goal is to encourage promising graduate students to push the frontiers in their understanding of governance institutions, forge new research collaborations and network with their peers and established scholars from this field.

Upon successful completion of the colloquium, participants are awarded an honorarium ($1000 for US & Canada / $1500 for others). Meals and accommodations are provided.

Registration Fee: $250

2020 Colloquia Dates and Topics:




E.C. Harwood Visiting Research Fellowships

AIER works closely with scholars in the fields of economics, political science, philosophy, history, and law. Those involved in other disciplines are also considered. Our visiting scholars include professors, post-doctoral fellows, PhD students, and masters students. Applications from independent researchers and authors are also welcome.

Visitations range from 2 to 15 weeks, with accommodations provided at our campus in Great Barrington, MA. AIER provides visiting scholars with a $250/week living stipend and lunch during most workdays. A travel stipend is also provided for fellowships lasting 10 weeks or more.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Applications reviewed:

Accepted candidates are notified within 30 days.




Sound Money Research Paper Competition

AIER’s Sound Money Project hosts an annual Research Paper Competition for professors and graduate students alike.

First Prize: $10,000
Second Prize: $2,000
Third Prize: $1,000

Paper topics are announced each January, and the deadline to enter a paper is August 1st.

2019’s topic was: The Merits and Feasibility of Returning to the Gold Standard.

The next paper topic will be announced in January 2020.




AIER is always interested in talented people dedicated to our mission. If you prefer, you may send your resume to [email protected] for general consideration.


Start a Local Discussion Group

AIER’s Bastiat Society gives average citizens the chance to become more involved with our mission by starting local discussion groups in their cities.