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ESI Summer Scholars sitting at a table collaborating

Monday, June 6 through Friday, July 8, 2022

Applications are now closed. The application deadline is March 31, 2022, at 5:00 PM. 

We will be hosting approximately 10-15 students for five weeks this summer as Summer Scholars.  As a Summer Scholar, students will meet each day from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. to work as research assistants on projects.  Last summer’s schedule can be downloaded here.

The scholars and their mentors will also meet daily as a reading group to discuss papers in experimental economics, as well as texts like Deirdre McCloskey’s The Bourgeois Virtues, Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments, F.A. Hayek’s The Sensory Order, and Michael  Polanyi’s Personal Knowledge, Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations and literature like John Milton’s Paradise Lost, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

Summer Scholars will receive a stipend of $2,500 at the end of the five weeks. At this time we are planning to meet in person as the pandemic permits.  A limited number of fellowships include free room and board. Please indicate in your application whether you need room and board to participate.

All applicants must either have participated in the Vernon L. Smith High School Workshop or have taken at least one course in Humanomics at Chapman.

The program is generously sponsored by the Thomas W. Smith and Apgar Foundations.