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About the FMI Ph.D. Fellowship

The Free Market Institute (FMI) awards fellowships to promising doctoral students, who seek to become researchers and teachers at other domestic and international institutions. Fellows collaborate on research and teaching projects with affiliated faculty and seek to develop original research projects that contribute to a dissertation and advance other professional development goals.

Fellowships have three-year terms and provide support for all allowable tuition and fees associated with the Ph.D. courses of study in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics or the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University. The Ph.D. fellowship also includes a research assistant appointment with the FMI that provides annual compensation up to $25,000.


Faculty members affiliated with the FMI conduct independent research in several fields of inquiry. More information about their specific research interests and publication records can be viewed here and at their personal websites. Affiliated faculty members also teach graduate courses for academic credit as part of the degree programs in Agricultural and Applied Economics and Political Science. A listing of the courses offered can be viewed here: Graduates Courses Taught by FMI Faculty.

Several faculty members affiliated with the FMI have experience mentoring students in Ph.D. programs both at Texas Tech University and at other colleges and universities. Students working under their supervision have earned both tenure-track and post-doctoral research appointments at several colleges and universities. More information about the placements can be viewed here: FMI Faculty Graduate Student Placements.

Research Development

In addition to the mentorship component of the fellowship program, the FMI also seeks to provide other outlets for student engagement with the research development process. The FMI Research Workshop occurs weekly during each of the fall and spring semesters and features presentations of working research from scholars at other colleges and universities. The FMI Brown Bag Seminar also meets frequently and features presentations of working research from graduate student fellows and affiliated faculty. Lastly, the FMI Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program brings economists and other social scientists to interact with Institute faculty, staff and graduate students through research workshops, graduate seminars and other activities aimed at advancing the Institute's research mission. 

The FMI is currently accepting fellowship applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. The deadline for priority consideration is February 1, 2020. More information about the procedure for applying for consideration of a fellowship award can be viewed here: FMI Ph.D. Fellowship Application Procedures.

Please contact the Free Market Institute with any questions about the information provided here by email at free.market@ttu.edu or by phone at 806.742.7138.

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