Conference & Research Grant FAQs

Are international students eligible for funding from the IHS Conference & Research Grant?

PhD students currently enrolled in graduate school are eligible for awards from the IHS Conference & Research Grant regardless of their nationality.

Are students of any university eligible for the IHS Conference & Research Grant?

Yes. Students of any university may apply for this fund.

How long does it take the committee to make a decision?

Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision within four weeks of submitting an application. Note: you must submit your application at least four weeks in advance of your fundable activity. Awards are only granted for anticipated future activities, and cannot be awarded retroactively.

Can I apply even if I have participated in other IHS academic programs?

If you have already participated in one of our academic programs or discussed your academic career with staff, you should apply through the Hayek Fund for Scholars. If you do not see the correct application, please contact us. 

I am attending an IHS summer seminar. Does this qualify for an IHS Conference & Research Grant?

Typically, no. The IHS Conference & Research Grant is not for attendance at a conference alone, so our summer seminars typically do not qualify.

I presented a paper several weeks ago. May I apply for the Grant ex-post?

We do not give awards after an event. Remember, applications must be submitted at least four weeks in advance of your fundable activity, otherwise it may not be reviewed in time. Awards are only granted for anticipated future activities.

Is there a deadline to apply for the Grant?

Applications are accepted year-round, on a rolling basis. There is no deadline to apply, applications can be submitted as early as August 8, but must be submitted at least four weeks before the event. The majority of awards are made in the fall and spring.

What is required to apply to the IHS Conference & Research Grant?

All applications must be submitted through our online application. The application will ask for the following:

  • A brief essay of not more than 500 words describing how your proposed activity will advance your career
  • A brief essay of not more than 500 words describing how your proposed activity advances our understanding of the principles, practices and institutions necessary for a free society or our understanding of the classical liberal or libertarian tradition
  • An abstract or copy of the paper, if you intend to present at a conference
  • An itemized list of expected expenses
  • A curriculum vitae or resume

What is the classical liberal/libertarian tradition? Who is F. A. Hayek?

Learn about classical liberalism and the libertarian tradition by reading our webpage or by watching this video series.

F.A. Hayek was a Nobel Laureate in economics and author of books such as The Road to Serfdom and the Constitution of Liberty. Hayek participated in some of the formative events of IHS, when the organization brought together scholars interested in the ideas of liberty. We encourage you to read his books or read his essay The Use of Knowledge in Society. You can also read more about Hayek's life and work on Wikipedia.

What is the IHS Conference & Research Grant?

The IHS Conference & Research Grant awards up to $750 to current PhD students for career-enhancing activities such as:

  • Presentations at academic or professional conferences
  • Travel to academic job interviews (on a campus or at professional/academic conferences)
  • Travel to archives or libraries for research
  • Participation in career-development or enhancing seminars
  • Distribution of a published article to colleagues in your field
  • Submission of unpublished manuscripts to journals or book publishers

What kind of project is typically awarded a grant from the IHS Conference & Research Grant?

Successful projects vary greatly, from a paper presentation at the American Political Science Association's annual meeting to a job interview in New Zealand. To be certain, however, all projects funded are seen to further an understanding of the classical liberal tradition.

Read about recent IHS Conference & Research Grant winners to learn how others have used awards to advance their careers.

Who may apply for the IHS Conference & Research Grant?

Current graduate students are eligible to apply

Are applications still accepted by mail, or email?

Applications are no longer accepted through the mail or email. Applicants must now register and apply using our online system.