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Event Grants

Have an idea for an event, and the energy to execute it? The Institute for New Economic Thinking supports student-organized events to promote new economic thinking at colleges and universities worldwide.

We are most interested in events that foster conversation between the new economic thinkers of the future (that’s you!) and the new economic thinkers of the present (such as Institute grantees or other members of the Institute’s Community). Many formats are possible: conference, workshop, seminar, mini-school, or something we haven’t thought of yet. The Young Scholar Event Grants are there to help you put your ideas into practice. 

How much? And what for?

We support events up to $5,000. We cover hotel and travel costs for guest speakers, expenses for food and beverages, event promotion and marketing materials, etc.

How to apply? Who can apply? What are the application requirements?

To apply, simply complete this web form. In order to be considered, you must be a student of economics or a related field at a college or university. A committee of Institute economists reviews the submissions on a quarterly basis. We will contact you no later than two weeks after the application deadline on

  • March 31
  • June 30
  • September 30
  • December 31

Sometimes the committee requests additional information before making a recommendation to Institute leadership, who decides on the funding of your event.

In addition to the proposal, we ask that you document support from your home institution. There are no formal requirements on how such support should be expressed – for example, a signed letter from the dean stating that your department supports the event and provides the event space would suffice. In addition, we ask that one or more local faculty members participate in the event in some capacity. For example, a professor at your home institution may serve as discussant for the invited guest speaker, participate in a panel, or moderate a roundtable discussion. Again, a signed letter confirming participation suffices.

To sum up, we ask for three documents:

  • Event proposal including itemized budget
  • Evidence of institutional support
  • Evidence of local faculty participation

Questions? Email us.