Scholarly Comments on Academic Economics

Announcement: New 4-year Fellowships to be awarded by the Department of Economics at Florida State University

The Florida State University Economics Department will be awarding up to two four-year Charles G. Koch Fellowships to students entering the PhD program in Economics, beginning with the Fall 2009 entering class. The purpose of the fellowships is to support students who wish to pursue a course of study that combines rigorous technical economic training in applied econometrics and economic theory with a focus on the political economy of contemporary economic issues, particularly the role of institutions in advancing prosperity.

These Fellowships are in addition to the Department’s regular program of supporting PhD students as research or teaching assistants. Each Fellowship will be funded for four years. Recipients will receive a $25,000 academic-year stipend along with a full-tuition waiver. The Fellowship recipients will be assigned as one-quarter time research assistants for one of the research faculty members in the new Program for the Study of Political Economy and Free Enterprise (SPEFE).

This assignment may be waived in the third and fourth years of the Fellowship period so recipients can focus on their dissertation research. Recipients will also be encouraged to teach a course during at least some summer sessions in order to be prepared for an academic position upon graduation. More information about these Fellowships, including application requirements, can be found at here.