Ross Corbett has been awarded second prize in the junior faculty division of the 2009 Sir John M. Templeton Fellowships Essay Contest. Ross' award-winning essay is entitled, "Liberal Education for Liberal Democracy" and is posted here. Ross is the recipient of a $5000 cash prize and the honorary title of Templeton Fellow, which he will carry for the coming year. Impressively, the refereed competition sponsored by the Independent Institute drew applicants from Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Montenegro, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, United Kingdom, United States, and Uruguay. An announcement and full list of winners and honorable mentions is here.