Learn Liberty

Now it’s your turn to make a video (or write an essay), and enter it into a contest. You might win recognition and a financial award. Also apply for a scholarship to help pay for your education and research. Visit Learn Liberty Opportunities for more options.


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    Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest – Ayn Rand Institute

    Write an essay on one of three selected topics in Atlas Shrugged. More than 80 prizes, from $50 to $10,000.

    Eligible: Grade-12 students, college undergraduates, and graduate students

    Deadline: October 24, 2014

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    Carl Menger Essay Contest

    The purpose of the contest is to recognize and encourage undergraduate scholarship in the Austrian tradition and the broadly catallactic approach to social science which it represents. Three winners will each receive $500 conditional on attending and presenting at the Society’s meetings at the Southern Economic Association conference 

    Eligibility: The contest is open to undergraduate students and recent graduates from any discipline. Former winners are not eligible. Former entrants are, but must submit new essays.

    Deadline: September 1st, 2014


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    Hayek Fund for Scholars – Institute for Humane Studies

    Awards of up to $750 for career-advancing activities. Open to graduate students and non-tenure track faculty who intend to pursue academic careers that will contribute to the understanding of the principles, practices, and institutions necessary to a free society or to the understanding of the classical liberal or libertarian tradition

    Eligible: Graduate students and untenured faculty members

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    Hayek Fund for Future Scholars – Institute for Humane Studies
    The Hayek Fund for Future Scholars reimburses individuals interested in pursuing a career in the ideas of liberty up to $300 of their graduate application fees.
    Eligible: Undergraduates and recent graduates applying for full-time doctorate program
    Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
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    Humane Studies Fellowship – Institute for Humane Studies

    Awards from $2,000 to $15,000 to students embarking on liberty-advancing careers in ideas. Fellowships support study in a variety of fields, including economics, philosophy, law, political science, history, and sociology.

    Eligible: Graduate students and outstanding undergraduates

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    MA Fellowship Program – Mercatus Center

    A fellowship program for students in George Mason University’s MA economics program who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in applied economics in preparation for a career in public policy.