The AIMSonCampus Student Fellowship

The AIMSonCampus Student Fellowship is a competitive 8 month program that gives five talented university students a chance to work arm’s length with the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, one of Canada’s premier free market research institutes. This is your chance to have a strong voice in Atlantic Canada’s most pressing public policy debates. A call for applications will go out during the summer of 2016. Interested students are encouraged to join the AIMS on Campus student mailing list, and check the website for details.

The Fellowship runs through the academic year, during which time student fellows contribute bi-weekly to the Free Exchange blog, are invited to assist national and international experts in original AIMS research, and are provided resources to advance the ideals of a free and open society on their own campus. The Fellowship requires a time commitment of no more than 5 hours a week on average.

As compensation for this work, student fellows are awarded $1000 and reserved a spot with travel support to Freedom Week, an exciting multi-day summer retreat hosted by the Institute for Liberal Studies that explores the ideas of classical liberalism through daily seminars, discussion groups and conversations. Given scheduling conflicts student fellows will also be offered a set of alternative events or conferences to attend.

Gain Hands-on Public Policy Experience

Past student fellows have gone on to have flourishing careers in business, journalism, law and public policy, including being directly recruited upon graduation into the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies and other non-profit research institutes across Canada. Student fellows are also given the opportunity to co-author policy papers and opinion pieces that regularly appear in Canada’s top news publications.

The ideal candidate should therefore possess the qualities of an entrepreneur: Be self-motivated, passionate and alert to those less-than-obvious opportunities that often produce the most value. Knowledge of the Atlantic provincial economies and current events is also an asset. Reading through the Free Exchange archive is a great way to see some of the work of previous student fellows, and to learn about the fellowship’s writing expectations.

Any questions can be directed to Jackson Doughart, AIMSonCampus program coordinator, at

AIMS on Campus (AOC) is a project that introduces ideas of liberty, free markets, and individual responsibility to post-secondary students across Canada. Canadian colleges and universities should be havens for intellectual freedom, where all students feel comfortable expressing their ideas and everyone benefits from the exchange. AOC provides a forum for students to communicate their ideas, as well as opportunities to network with some of Canada’s leading policy experts.

The project is made possible through the generous support of the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation (

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