Apply Now for Expense Support Grants at IHS: Up to $5k in Funding

May 23, 2023 • Views -

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Apply now for up to $5,000 in flexible funding

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) is proud to offer expense support grants for graduate students and faculty through the Hayek Fund. Grants will be awarded in ranges from $500 to $5,000 to support expenses related to research on themes within the liberal tradition.

IHS is a non-profit organization that supports the achievement of a freer and more humane society by connecting and supporting talented graduate students, scholars, and other intellectuals who are driving progress in the critical conversations shaping the 21st century. IHS is particularly interested in providing grant support for expenses related to research projects that advances a deeper understanding of classical liberal ideas, with preference given to research directly tied to one or more of these focus areas:

  • Liberalism, Pluralism, and Democracythis focus area examines the norms, institutions, and current challenges to the liberal order.
  • Free Speech and Open Inquiry – this focus area explores new and increasingly complex challenges to free speech, from illiberal political movements to sweeping technological change.
  • Equality and Prosperitythis focus area supports programs and projects that seek to understand the factors, norms, and institutions that best enable or impede widespread human flourishing.
  • Peace and International Cooperation – this focus area explores the economic, geopolitical, and cultural benefits of a globally connected world.
  • Immigration and Freedom – this focus area investigates the moral, cultural, and economic benefits that freedom of movement affords, as well as the tensions and challenges that cross-border migration presents to both outgoing and intaking societies.
  • Business and the Good Society – this focus area examines the institutional conditions and moral principles at work for business to provide a society with more than material needs.  

Eligible Expenses

The following are common expenses supported by IHS:

  • Travel for conference presentations, job interviews, and archival research
  • Research collaboration and hiring a research assistant
  • Journal submission fees 
  • Purchase data sets
  • Book publication expenses (e.g. copy editing, indexing)
  • Application fees for PhD programs

However, IHS welcomes uncommon requests.

Ineligible Expenses

The following are examples of ineligible expenses:

  • Living expenses (e.g. rent)
  • Hardware costs (e.g. laptops, printers)
  • Tuition expenses
  • Retroactive expenses

IHS grants cannot support institutional overhead or indirect costs.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be full-time students or faculty at an accredited college or university. Preference will be given to research directly tied to IHS focus areas and to applicants from North America and Europe. 

Applications may only pertain to one project, though multiple applications are welcomed. Typically, the same project will not be funded more than once.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, but must be submitted six weeks before the expense is incurred. Applicants will be notified of their award decision within six weeks of submission.

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IHS grants cannot support institutional overhead or indirect costs. Please email IHS at [email protected] if you have any questions.

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