Applications Open for Freedom and Prosperity Academic Grants

We are excited to announce our Freedom and Prosperity Academic Grants opportunity, launched in partnership with the Acton Institute. 

These grants are inspired by our research on Freedom and Prosperity, aiming to increase opportunities for poor and marginalized individuals in developing countries. The Center’s Freedom and Prosperity Indexes show that countries with more freedom tend to score higher in income and on other indicators of prosperity. 

First published in 2022, the Freedom and Prosperity Indexes use a variety of indicators to gather data on freedom and prosperity in 164 countries. We are interested both in scholars who will examine our indexes and seek to further explore the general relationship between freedom and prosperity. Scholars will be paid up to $25,000 per quarter for their work.

After completing research, recipients will submit a report of their findings, conclusions, and recommendations to both the Freedom and Prosperity Center and the Acton Institute, and will include a final deliverable such as an essay or book chapter. 

Interested grantees can apply here:

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Our Academic Grantees: 

Daron Acemoglu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States

Sergio Alcocer, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico 

Julio Amador Diaz Lopez, London School of Economics, United Kingdom 

Rabah Arezki, Harvard University, United States

Jérémie Bertrand, IÉSEG School of Management, France

Ignacio Campomanes, Navarra University, Spain 

Simeon Djankov, London School of Economics, United Kingdom

Mohamed Farid, Senator and Deputy Chair for the Committee on Human Rights and Social Solidarity, Egypt 

Diana M. Hechavarria, Texas Tech University, United States

Markus Jaeger, Columbia University, United States 

Khemaies Jhinaoui, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Ambassador to Russia and Ukraine, Tunisia 

Michael Klein, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany; Johns Hopkins University, United States 

Vladimir Fernandes Maciel, Ulisses Ruiz de Gamboa, Paulo Scarano, and Julian Portillo, Mackenzie University, Brazil 

Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Princeton University, United States

Robert Mudida, Director of Research, Central Bank of Kenya

Benjamin Powell, Andrew Young, and Jamie Bologna Pavlik, Texas Tech University, United States 

Vanessa Rubio-Marquez, London School of Economics, United Kingdom 

Guido Sandleris, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina

José A. Scheinkman, Columbia University, United States

Parth Shah, Centre for Civil Society, India 

Konstantin Sonin, University of Chicago, United States

Andrés Velasco, London School of Economics, United Kingdom

Clara Volintiru and Camelia Crisan, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania; National School of Political Science and Public Administration, Romania