Lone Mountain Fellowship

The Lone Mountain Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for scholars, journalists, policymakers, conservation leaders, and environmentalists to undertake a project of their choosing that advances our understanding of the role of markets, innovation, and property rights in protecting and enhancing environmental resources. Lone Mountain Fellows are in residency at PERC in Bozeman, Montana, for the duration of their fellowships.

The Lone Mountain Fellowship will provide you with a chance to network with leaders in diverse fields of study related to free market environmentalism. The atmosphere is appealing to people who are careful thinkers, have an ability to communicate with non-technical audiences, and have a strong compassion for humanity. Fellows work in a congenial, stimulating work environment in a locale of unparalleled natural beauty.

Lone Mountain Fellows receive an ample stipend that varies with the nature of the work, duration of residence at PERC, and the fellow’s qualifications. The timing of stipend payments vary with the circumstances of the fellowship, although in every instance 25 percent of the stipend is withheld until completion of the final project. Office space and office support are provided. Fellows are responsible for their own travel, living arrangements, and living expenses.

A sample of the types of projects that a Lone Mountain Fellow might undertake includes:

  • Completion of a book or other large-scale research project while on sabbatical
  • Initiation or completion of a scholarly paper for a major academic journal
  • PERC policy publication or article

Project Requirements:

  • Topic: The project must focus on natural resources and environmental issues, including the study of property rights and/or innovation.
  • Residency: Between two weeks and three months, depending on the nature of the project. Fellows usually visit during the summer.
  • Presentation: Fellows are expected to give at least one seminar while at PERC.
  • Participation: Fellows are expected to interact with other PERC scholars and fellows while in residence, and it is intended that the fellowship period be thought of 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.

Applications for summer 2019 are now closed.

Applications for summer Lone Mountain Fellowships will be considered as early as January the year of the fellowship. Applications are evaluated on an ongoing basis — in most years, the calendar of summer visitors is set by March.

PERC Senior Fellow Wally Thurman directs the Lone Mountain Fellowship program.

Learn about previous Lone Mountain Fellows.