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
* Resume/Vita
* 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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Tracey de Morsella started her career working as an editor for US Technology Magazine. She used that experience to launch Delaware Valley Network, a publication for professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Years later, she used the contacts and resources she acquired to work in executive search specializing in technical and diversity recruitment. She has conducted recruitment training seminars for Wachovia Bank, the Department of Interior and the US Postal Service. During this time, she also created a diversity portal called The Multicultural Advantage and published the Diversity Recruitment Advertising Toolkit, a directory of recruiting resources for human resources professionals. Her career and recruitment articles have appeared in numerous publications and web portals including Woman Engineer Magazine,, Job Search Channel, Workplace Diversity Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management web site, NSBE Engineering Magazine,, and Human Resource Consultants Association Newsletter. Her work with technology professionals drew her to pursuing training and work in web development, which led to a stint at Merrill Lynch as an Intranet Manager. In March, she decided to combine her technical and career management expertise with her passion for the environment, and with her husband, launched The Green Economy Post, a blog providing green career information and covering the impact of the environment, sustainable building, cleantech and renewable energy on the US economy. Her sustainability articles have appeared on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Chem.Info,FastCompany and CleanTechies.