Apply Now: $15K Award for Grad Students & Scholars

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Sponsored by IHS

Now accepting applications for the IHS Humane Studies Fellowship

Receive up to $15,000 to help you get your research across the finish line. Graduate student sabbaticals and conference and publication accelerator grants available. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

One thing is for sure about graduate school; you never have enough money. The
Institute for Humane Studies is committed to lightening the financial burden of getting a PhD for students like you through our Humane Studies Fellowship. Students interested in developing, teaching, and applying classical liberal ideas and the principles of a free society, as well as students whose research has clear policy implications, are encouraged to apply.

Our Humane Studies Fellowship offers tiered grant support for graduate students and postdocs looking to build their academic careers and who want to spend more time focusing on publishing. These awards provide access to other IHS opportunities including mentorship, job market support, in-person and online events, and more.

This fellowship program comprises three tiers of support, outlined below.

Conference Accelerator Grants are designed for master’s and PhD students who haven’t advanced to candidacy. These grants provide $2,000 to support the work of developing a paper into a conference presentation.

Publication Accelerator Grants provide $5,000 to support students and postdocs with an established publishing record who commit to submitting an article to a well-regarded journal within the next six months.

Graduate Sabbatical Grants provide up to $15,000 to graduate students and postdocs to buy out teaching responsibilities for a semester. These grants are highly competitive and can be renewed.

Fellowship Benefits

  • Renewable Funding: The Humane Studies Fellowship provides renewable, non-residency awards of up to $15,000 per year to support postdocs and current or future students enrolled in full-time PhD programs.
  • Flexibility: Fellows are free to use the funds to further their research as they see fit, including summer course buyouts, purchasing data sets, funding research travel, and more.
  • Career Development Opportunities: Fellows gain access to individual academic advising, networking events, invitations to academic seminars, research workshops, discussion colloquia, and other career-advancing opportunities.
  • Professional Connections: Humane Studies Fellows are connected to a diverse community of scholars across the world who are researching and teaching ideas in the classical liberal tradition. 

Application Process

A completed application will include:

  • Essay explaining your research agenda and how you plan to use the funding, as well as details on current or prospective research
  • CV and transcript from current or most recent institution
  • Recent writing sample of 3,000 words or fewer
  • Dissertation proposal document (if applicable)
  • One letter of recommendation due one week after application is submitted

Application Deadline

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Apply Now


For more information, contact IHS at [email protected].

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