The Institute for New Economic Thinking Supports Economic-Oriented Events

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.

Mainly the Institute is looking for 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?

The Institute supports your events up to $5,000, covering hotel and travel costs for guest speakers, expenses for food and beverages, event promotion and marketing materials, etc.

Who can apply? What are the application requirements?

To apply, you must be a student of economics or related fields at a college or university. Just complete this web form. A committee of Institute economists will review the submission, and contact you. The review process will be interactive – a conversation between the Committee and you  – at the end of which the committee makes a recommendation to the Institute’s President and Director of Research, who decide within two weeks. The whole process should last no more than four weeks.

In addition to the proposal, the Institute also asks 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 will provide the event space would suffice. In addition, the Institute asks 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, or participate in a panel, or moderate a roundtable discussion. Again, a signed letter confirming participation suffices.

To sum up, three documents are required.

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

Questions? Email to

For more information, visit the Institute’s website.


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