PERC’S fellowships for graduate students and law students offer the ideal opportunity for those who are interested in researching issues related to natural resources and the environment. Graduate fellows spend three months at PERC in Bozeman, Montana, researching and writing a paper under the supervision of a PERC senior fellow. While there, fellows are required to present two to three seminars to outline, report on, and summarize their research findings. A paper of publishable quality is the expected result.
Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $1,600 in addition to reimbursement for reasonable domestic round trip travel expenses to Montana. At the end of each year, the author of the best paper produced by that year’s group of fellows is awarded a $250 honorarium. In addition, $250 is awarded to the person who referred the fellow to PERC.
Fellowships are awarded three times a year: spring, summer, and fall. Go to the How to Apply page for more information on the application deadlines and procedure.
PERC—the Property and Environment Research Center—is the nation’s oldest and largest institute dedicated to improving environmental quality through markets and property rights. Research is at the heart of PERC’s work followed by outreach and education. Formed more than 25 years ago, PERC applies economic thinking to environmental problems. Located in Bozeman Montana, PERC pioneered the approach known as free market environmentalism (FME).
How to Apply
Complete the on-line application, which will require the following:
* Cover letter
* Description of the proposed research project (2-5 pages double-spaced)
* Writing sample, preferably in the applicant’s area of expertise.
* One letter of reference
* Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
Who Should Apply?
PERC is seeking graduate or law students who are interested in natural resources and environmental issues and who show potential for research and writing in these areas. Preference is given to those who are working on a research paper, thesis, or dissertation on a natural resource or environmental topic. Successful graduate student candidates typically are working on a master’s or PhD thesis on their proposed topic; law candidates most often are hoping to transform a paper they wrote for a class into a law review article.
What’s in it for you?
* The opportunity to spend 3 months with experts in the free market environmentalism movement;
* Mentorship by internationally known scholars who are working on natural resource and environmental research topics themselves;
* Office space and support for completing a research project in an area of specific interest to you;
* A monthly stipend of $1,600 plus reasonable domestic round trip travel expenses to Montana.
When to Apply
You will be asked on the application to specify which fellowship period you are applying for.
Application Deadline/ Fellowship Period
February 15 (early decision) / Summer
March 15 / Summer
June 15 / Fall
October 15 / Spring
(When a specified date falls on a weekend, the deadline is extended to the next business day.)
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