How to Apply


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 assess 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 J. B. Duke Hotel. If there is someone who has been accepted with whom you would like to share a room, let us know. We will in general try to place people of the same gender together. Let us know the gender with which you identify. If you are indifferent as to the gender of your roommate, let us know – it will make it easier to assign rooms in the event that we have odd numbers of accepted applicants with respect to gender. 

A booklet of 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.

The cover 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 to accomplish by participating in the Institute. Participants who want to apply for a travel subsidy should indicate that in their cover letter, and provide an estimate of the cost. Your curriculum vitae or brief biography should not exceed four pages.

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

Applications should be received electronically no later than March 1, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified of their selection by mid-late March and should respond within a week by accepting or declining the offer.