The Next Generation

The Next Generation is a network for libertarians under the age of 30, which meets regularly in Westminster. The gatherings are welcoming, informal and fun, and a great way to learn more about libertarian ideas and meet like-minded people.

The typical format of a TNG event is a two-hour drinks reception, punctuated by a 10-minute talk by ‘whoever interesting is in town’. The Next Generation also hosts an annual summer party aboard a boat cruising the Thames – an event which has become something of a Westminster institution.

See here for more information on The Next Generation and how to get involved!


Student Events

*Stay tuned for more information about upcoming conferences.*

The Adam Smith Institute holds a number of conferences for students each year. They are a great way to learn more about free market economics and libertarian ideas, and are completely free of charge to attend.

Independent Seminar on the Open Society’ (ISOS) is a one-day conference for sixth-form students which explores the principles and practicalities of a free, open and tolerant society, whilst meshing with A-level and AS syllabuses in politics and economics. We hold a number of ISOS each year, both in Westminster and outside of London.

The Liberty Lectures are a series of evening and lunchtime talks for the under-30s held in our offices throughout the year. More in-depth than TNGs or ISOS, they cover a wide range of topics from politics, economics, business and philosophy.

For more information on any of our conferences, please click here


Internship Programme

The Adam Smith Institute also offers unpaid internships to university students and recent graduates who would like to work at the ASI. These are an excellent opportunity to learn more about the policy-making process and the wider free-market movement in the UK.

Competition for a placement is fierce and we do not always have the space to take people on, but please visit our Internships page for more information.

The ASI is not currently taking internship applications.


Freedom Week

Freedom Week is a free, in-depth, week-long seminar for undergraduates that takes place during July at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. A joint project with the Institute of Economic Affairs, lectures are given by leading academics from the liberty movement, and exists to provide promising students with the knowledge, confidence and network to go out and make the case for freedom.
For more information on Freedom Week and how to apply, please visit the Freedom Week website.

Freedom Week 2015 has already taken place. Stay tuned for information on Freedom Week 2016!


Young Writer on Liberty Competition

The Young Writer on Liberty Competition is held annually and is open to those aged 20 and under. Entrants are asked to submit 3, ASI-style blogs on that year’s theme, with the winner receiving a cash prize, work experience at the Adam Smith Institute and their work published on our widely-read blog.

For more information on the competition and how to enter, please click here


John Blundell Studentships

The Adam Smith Institute’s John Blundell Studentship programme makes available a limited number of grants of between £3,000 and £5,000 to students embarking on postgraduate study, in order to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or basic living needs. Studentships are awarded to those who have shown a clear interest in the advancement of personal and economic freedom, and are applying for, or currently undertaking, postgraduate courses or research work in the humanities and social sciences.

For more information and the application criteria, please visit the John Blundell Studentships page. Applications for the 2015/16 academic year are now closed. Details regarding the next round of Studentships will be posted in Spring 2016.


Learning About Liberty

Setting out to learn more about politics and the liberal tradition can be daunting, so we’ve put together a few of our favourite books and websites to help you get started. Click here to take a look!


Partner Organisations

As well as running its own student programmes, the Adam Smith Institute supports several other independent groups. We strongly encourage young libertarians to get involved with them too.