Julian Simon Fellowship

The Julian Simon Fellowship is one of the nation’s most prestigious opportunities for scholars to develop policy-relevant 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 Simon: 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.

The Julian Simon Fellowship will provide you with a chance to network with leaders in diverse fields of study related to free market environmentalism. The congenial atmosphere is appealing to those who are careful thinkers, have an ability to communicate with non-technical audiences, and have a strong passion for conservation. PERC provides a stimulating work environment in a locale of unparalleled natural beauty.

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

Project Requirements:

  • Topic: Each Julian Simon Fellow is expected to spend their residency developing a paper of publishable quality that has significant policy implications. The project must focus on natural resources and environmental issues, including the study of property rights and/or innovation. PERC is especially interested in projects that address our current initiatives.
  • Residency: Fellows are in residence during the summer months for an appropriate length of stay, depending on the nature of the project. 
  • Presentation: Fellows are expected to give at least one seminar on their work while at PERC.
  • Participation: Fellows are expected to interact with other PERC scholars and fellows while in residence and attend seminar presentations by other fellows throughout their stay. The fellowship is intended as an opportunity to either establish or strengthen a continuing relationship with PERC.
  • Completion: The final project is generally expected by December 31 of the year in which the fellowship is undertaken. The final stipend payment is withheld until the project is received. 


**PERC is working hard to keep its staff, visiting scholars, and its community safe during the Covid-19 outbreak. In an effort to reduce exposure, PERC will remain closed to visiting scholars and fellows until July 6, 2020 at which time we will open our doors again. Please contact your fellowship director for information on whether this impacts fellowship start times. We appreciate your patience during this time and we look forward to another summer season at PERC that is ripe with intellectual insights and collegial fellowship.   

Learn about previous Julian Simon Fellows.