Julian Simon Fellowship

The Julian Simon Fellowship is one of the nation’s most prestigious opportunities for scholars to develop policy-oriented research on natural resources and environmental conservation. The in-residence fellowship is intended to continue the legacy of the late Julian Simon, whose research led to a massive re-evaluation by scholars and policymakers of their views on the interplay between population, natural resources, the environment, and humans as “the ultimate resource.”

The ideal candidate for this fellowship is someone like Julian: an esteemed scholar with a focus on policy-relevant empirical work and an imaginative research agenda that emphasizes natural resources, environmental issues, and human ingenuity. In the vein of Julian Simon, candidates should have a talent for communicating the important policy implications of their work to the public, thereby further extending the impact of the research.

Each Julian Simon Fellow is expected to spend at least two months in residence at PERC developing a paper of publishable quality that has significant policy implications. During their stay at PERC, Julian Simon Fellows are expected to present a seminar on their work and participate in the stimulating intellectual life at PERC.

Julian Simon Fellows will receive an honorarium plus office space, office support, and a congenial, stimulating work environment. Fellows will be responsible for their accommodations in Bozeman.

The Julian Simon Fellowships are now open for 2018.

PERC Senior Fellow Wally Thurman directs the Julian Simon Fellowship program.

Learn about previous Julian Simon Fellows.