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Do you have an interest in philosophy and economics?

Our Foundational offering is aimed at university students who are keen to develop a well-rounded understanding of Australian contemporary issues.

Over the course of the program, you will develop a keen appreciation of individual liberty and responsibility, limited government and free market economics.

All program scholars attend the same comprehensive seminar series. You will travel domestically and internationally to further your understanding of market-based solutions to economic and social issues.

The 6-month program culminates in a 2-week global study tour which will put to the test what you have learnt over the course of your LDP experience.


All dates are for 2021 unless otherwise stated.

We encourage you to familiarise yourself with the following ideas and individuals prior to your application and start of the program:

  • Mannkal's A Libertarian Primer
  • Austrian economics
  • Public choice theory
  • Notable people:
    • Friedrich Hayek
    • Ludwig von Mises
    • Milton Friedman

Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis up until the closing date.

Applicants must be available to attend the assessment centre (mid-February).

The formal program commences in early March, with seminars and other events taking place throughout the semester.

Domestic travel to a conference usually takes place in May.

The study tour will run in the mid-year university break.

We invite all scholars to attend our annual Emerging Leaders cocktail event in March 2022.

The estimated workload is 2 - 4 hours per week.

Once applications open, you can apply below. Please ensure you fulfil the eligibility requirements.

To submit your application, you will need a cover letter, resume and a copy of academic transcript (unofficial copy is sufficient).

Applications close late January. We will assess applicants on a rolling basis, so you can expect to have your interview scheduled in the weeks immediately following your submission.

The outcome of your application is decided after the assessment centre. Unsuccessful applicants may be invited to reapply for the next intake.

Mannkal encourages applicants to apply for their preferred program, however, we will make offers for the 6 or 12 month program based on merit and suitability.

Murdoch students must also fill out and submit a form directly to their university.

Seminars form an integral part of the LDP experience. Whether in our office or via video conferencing, participants get access to a wide variety of speakers covering a broad range of topics, including economics, philosophy, policy and professional development.

Once accepted into the program, it is expected that students maintain a seminar attendance rate of at least 80%.

The first travel opportunity in the program is usually attending the ALS Friedman Conference which takes place in Sydney in May of every year.

This non-academic conference brings together liberty-minded people from the world over for three days of talks, debates, networking and socialising.

The international study tour is the culmination of the program. You and your cohort will visit think tanks, organisations and individuals across the globe, following a carefully curated itinerary.

Destinations may include Israel and Singapore.

Students usually spend around one week at each destination, participating in seminars, workshops or conferences. You may be asked to do public speaking in front of an array of people, such as academics, policy experts or elected officials.

The study tour is intensive and may include long days of professional and academic engagements in addition to travel commitments. Over the course of the program, we will prepare you for the tour and instruct you on what will be expected of you.

COVID-19 Disclaimer:
Please note that all travel opportunities will be subject to government restrictions.


To be eligible for enrolment in the LDP, you must:

  • Currently be enrolled as an undergraduate or postgraduate student (part-time or full-time) at a Western Australian university*;
  • Hold either Australian citizenship or permanent residency**;
  • Be based in Western Australia.

*We accept students from The University of Western Australia, Murdoch, Curtin and Notre Dame. Unfortunately, we cannot accept Edith Cowan University students.

**International students are unfortunately not eligible; in very rare circumstances, an exception may be made. However, international students are very welcome to attend our seminars and events.

Above all, Mannkal values entrepreneurship and enthusiasm for a free and open society. We consider students from across all faculties, departments and backgrounds. Course marks are one consideration, but this should not exclude students who have made contributions in other areas. Aspects of the LDP benefit from a formal study of economics and public policy, but a keen interest and awareness of the philosophical concepts behind these subjects is more important.

Places are subject to availability and may change without notice.