Apply Now to IHS’s Graduate Sabbatical Grants: Up to $15,000 Awards

May 22, 2023 • Views -

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Apply now for up to $15,000 in graduate sabbatical grants

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) is proud to offer graduate sabbatical grants of up to $15,000 for PhD candidates (ABD) seeking funding to buy out teaching or research assistance responsibilities for a semester to focus on developing dissertation chapters or other work into publishable paper drafts within six months.

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 research projects that advance 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.  


  • Applicants must be enrolled as full-time PhD students who have advanced to candidacy.
  • Applicants must have previously published or have (an) article(s) currently under review.
  • Previous applicants and award winners are welcome to apply.

Awardee Expectations

Awardees of the grant are expected to keep IHS updated on their research progress with the expectation that at least one paper — significantly developed during the sabbatical term — will be submitted to a leading publication outlet within six months of receiving the awarded funds.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, but IHS highly recommends submitting applications at least three months prior to the start of the semester. Applicants will be notified of their award decision within six weeks of submission.

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

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