About the Program

The Center for Public Choice & Market Process (CPM) provides research funding for faculty members to conduct and publish research on free society and political economy, and which has an impact on the free enterprise system. The Center is specifically interested in supporting projects in the field of Public Choice across multiple disciplines and especially in the areas of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) as each of these disciplines examines the institutional arrangements that are suitable for the support of free and prosperous societies.

Faculty Research Fellowships are awarded annually. If you are interested in applying for the Fellowship, the deadline is August 15, 2019. The  How to Apply page lists the details on the deadline, selection criteria, and how to apply.


The Center recognizes as an absolute priority the support of faculty whose primary teaching and research areas are directly tied to political economy, public choice, and free society.


The goal of the fellowship is to build a cluster of faculty interested in supporting the mission of the CPM and to aid faculty in the pursuit of research in the areas of political economy, public choice, and free enterprise.

  • Fellows are expected to mentor one of the Market Process Scholars (one of the students in the Center’s student mentoring program) and engage them in research activities.
  • Fellows are expected to support the CPM programming through various ways. The following are some of those ways although the list in not inclusive.
    • Organize/participate in discussion panels during the Adam Smith Week
    • Help organize/participate events during the academic year
    • Promote CPM events during the academic year
    • Fellows can also contribute to the CPM programming in other ways discussed and approved by the director.
  • When possible, attend CPM events.
  • Submit a research proposal and produce research supporting the Center’s mission.
  • Submit a one-page abstract of the project within 6 months for promotion on the Center’s website.
  • Report research activities and research outcomes through the Center's author questionnaire by September 1, 2020.
  • Published papers should recognize the CPM support with the following statement “(Partial) funding for this project came from the Center for Public Choice & Market Process, School of Business, College of Charleston.”


  • Funding will be provided to qualified research projects that fit the criteria listed here.  Examples of qualified projects include:fieldwork, archival research, travel to conduct research, software purchase, dataset acquisition, research assistance, transcription or duplication costs, financial support, and funding a release from teaching.  To be considered for funding, please prepare a short budget (one paragraph) detailing your scholarly needs.
    • In previous years we have funded:
      • Summer research support starting at $5000.
      • Discretionary funding ranging from $500 - $7000 funding various research-related and professional development activities.
  • All requests will be considered and will be evaluated based on the pool of available funds and the quality of the proposal.
  • All funding must be spent by July 31, 2020


All College of Charleston faculty members are encouraged to apply for faculty research funding.

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