The History & Political Economy (HPE) Project invites applications from PhD students and early-career scholars for its summer research grants of between $3,000 and $4,000 each. Field of study is open, and we welcome applicants from any discipline, but methodologies and research questions should be explicitly historical.

Eligibile Expenses

Eligible expenses include travel and accommodation costs for archival or other historical research work; digitization and transcription costs; hiring of local researchers; or similar activities.

Eligibile research

In support of our goal of producing historical scholarship that is strategically useful for addressing the challenges of social-political transformation in the present, HPE will support historical research that explores one or more of the following areas:

  • the temporal development of neoliberalism, examining how neoliberal ideology and policy has changed over time;
  • the scale of neoliberal thought and practice, taking seriously the variegated global instantiations of neoliberalism from the family and the workplace to the multinational corporation and the international institution; and/or
  • the ideas-in-action of neoliberalism and its contestations, pushing beyond intellectual histories to investigate questions of policymaking, institution building, and especially political contestation.


  • Graduate and early-career scholars are those studying for a PhD or who have obtained a PhD within the last 5 years.

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