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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 an initial three-year term 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. Fellows are eligible for consideration of dissertation fellowships that support progress toward completion of the Ph.D. degree.

The Ph.D. fellowship also includes a research assistant appointment with the Free Market Institute that provides annual compensation up to $27,500. Fellows are eligible to apply for funding to support travel to academic conferences and other professional development programs.

For more information about the FMI Ph.D. fellowship program, please review the FMI Graduate Student Handbook. It supplements but does not substitute for the current Texas Tech University Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog. All FMI graduate fellows should familiarize themselves with the information contained in both documents.


Faculty members affiliated with the Institute 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 and as elective credit for those programs. A listing of the courses offered can be viewed here: Graduates Courses Taught by Faculty.

Students working with Institut faculty have secured both tenure-track and post-doctoral research appointments at several colleges and universities. More information about the Institute's placements can be viewed here:
Ph.D./Post-Doc Alumni.

Research Development

The Institute also seeks to provide other outlets for student engagement with the research development process.

The 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 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 Brown Bag Seminar also meets frequently and features presentations of working research from graduate student fellows and affiliated faculty, as well as other presentations focused on professional development.

Fellowship Applications

Applications are now open for the 2023-2024 academic year. Priority application deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2024.

More information about the procedure for applying for consideration of a fellowship award can be viewed here: Ph.D. Fellowship Application Procedures.

Please contact the 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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