Graduate Fellowship

PERC Graduate Fellowships offer the ideal opportunity for graduate and law students to research issues related to natural resources, innovation, property rights, and the environment. Graduate fellows spend three months at PERC over the summer in Bozeman, Montana, researching and writing a paper under the mentorship of a PERC Senior Fellow.

Graduate Fellows have the opportunity to work in-depth on a thesis or dissertation and fast track their research. This is a chance to receive feedback from experts in fields including economics, law, and environmental science. Graduate 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. Office space is provided in a congenial, stimulating work environment in a locale of unparalleled natural beauty.

Fellows will receive a monthly stipend in addition to reimbursement for reasonable domestic round trip travel expenses to Montana.

Project Requirements:

  • Project Topics: 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: Three months in residence during the summer months.
  • Presentations: Graduate Fellows are expected to present two seminars at PERC to outline, report on, and summarize their research findings. 
  • Participation: Fellows are expected to interact with other PERC scholars and fellows while in residence and to attend seminar presentations by other fellows throughout their stay.
  • Final Project: A final paper of publishable quality is generally expected at the conclusion of the fellow’s residency. The final stipend payment is withheld until the project is received, which is due no later than December 31 of the year in which the fellowship is undertaken.

Applications for summer 2020 are now closed. 

**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 Graduate Fellows.