How to Apply

The application period for this session is closed.


The Summer Institute programs are designed primarily for PhD graduate students in economics programs in North America. However, applications from students and scholars from other fields and from overseas will be welcomed.
The Institute's faculty will rank applications with regard to: 
Academic and professional accomplishments of the candidate.

Relevance of the Summer Institute to the candidate's graduate studies and prospective teaching.
Expression of interest shown by the candidate for historically informed research in economics.

Award, tenure, and conditions of award 

Successful candidates who are not locally based will be provided with free double-occupancy housing in the Washington Duke Hotel near campus. PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF IN YOUR APPLICATION AS MALE OR FEMALE SO AS TO ALLOW US TO PLACE PEOPLE APPROPRIATELY.  Also, if there is someone who has been accepted whom you would like to share a room with, let us know that, too.

Readings for the Summer Institute will be mailed in advance to those who are attending. Institute participants are required to attend all meetings and to engage fully in its assigned work.

Application materials and deadlines

Applicants should apply with a cover letter and a CV.

1. The cover letter should state clearly whether you are applying to come for Week 1, Week 2, or both weeks, and indicate the gender with which you identify to assist us in allocating rooms. Participants who will be flying to Durham and would like to apply for a travel subsidy should also indicate that in their cover letter. Your letter should address your reasons for applying as well as your interest (academic and/or personal) in the history of economics. The letter should also include a statement of what you want want to accomplish by participating in the Institute.  

2. Please also provide a curriculum vitae or a brief biography. This should not exceed four pages.

Applications should be submitted electronically to with the subject line “SI Application.”

If you choose to submit the materials by regular mail, the mailing address is:

Ms. Angela Zemonek
Center for the History of Political Economy
Duke University
Box 90097
Durham, N.C. 27708-0097

Attn. SI

Applications should be received electronically or postmarked no later than March 3, 2017. Successful applicants will be notified of their selection by mid-late March and should respond within a week accepting or declining the offer.