How to Apply


The Summer Institute programs are designed primarily for 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 will be provided with free on-campus housing. 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 address the reasons for applying as well as the applicant's interest (academic and/or personal) in the history of economics. The letter should also include a statement of what the applicant wants 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, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified of their selection by late March and should respond within a week accepting or declining the offer.

If you are a foreign national, please let us know your current visa status.  This will help expedite the process if you are chosen to attend the Summer Institute.