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AEI V&C 2018-2019 Young Scholar Awards Program (Research scholarship)

The Values & Capitalism Young Scholar Award program seeks to foster high-quality academic research and writing by awarding $5,000 scholarships to up to six undergraduate students each year. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor at their school, selected students conduct year-long academic research projects on a topic of public policy or economics. Upon submitting their final projects at the end of the academic year, students travel to Washington, DC to present and defend their work before panels of experts. Students are awarded scholarships for demonstrating significant promise in their field of research and a commitment to AEI’s mission of expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening free enterprise.


Values & Capitalism is an initiative that engages Christian college students and faculty in conversations about economics, public policy, and faith. Research proposals may include faith-related content, but are not required to.

Eligibility:
  • Applicant must be a rising junior or senior (in other words, have junior or senior status by Fall 2018);
  • Applicant must be a full-time student; and
  • Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 at the time of entry.
Application Instructions:

 Submit an electronic applicant-information form, a resume, and an unofficial transcript;

  • A 500-word statement describing his or her views on the free enterprise system and why he or she would like to be selected as an AEI Young Scholar;
  • A 500–1000-word prospectus for a research project in either public policy or economics–prospectus must include an explanation of the motivation behind the selected topic, a clear hypothesis, literature review, outline of any potential data sources and brief explanation of the intended methodology for the project–for further instructions and examples, go here;
  • A previous undergraduate research paper of at least 2,500 words (not required but preferably a paper in a discipline related to your intended topic); and
  • Two letters of recommendation here, including one from a faculty sponsor at the applicant’s undergraduate institution who has agreed to oversee the project or coauthor an academic paper for publication.