IHS Summer Seminars
Summer Seminars: Frequently Asked Questions
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- Am I eligible to apply for an IHS Summer Seminar?
- How do I apply?
- Can I apply for an Advanced Topics Seminar?
- How much will it cost to attend the seminar?
- Where are the seminars being held this year?
- If I can’t finish my application in one session, can I come back later to complete it?
- If I had an application selected last year do I need to submit a new one?
- How do I confirm that you received my application?
- How are applications reviewed?
- What other materials can I send to increase my chance of acceptance to a seminar?
- Will accepting a seminar invitation disqualify me from other IHS programs?
Summer Seminars are open to students and recent graduates from academic institutions anywhere in the world. This includes undergraduate and graduate students as well as any recent grads or advanced students. All are welcome to apply. Applicants are not required to be U.S. citizens, nor are they required to have studied in the U.S.
Strong applicants are individuals seeking to increase their knowledge of classical liberal ideas and possess critical thinking skills which are essential to a rigorous discussion of these ideas.
Please note that IHS cannot assist international students with visa applications. Those applicants would need to contact the appropriate U.S. embassy in order to complete that process. IHS can, however, provide an accepted student with a signed letter of acceptance to help in the visa application process. Therefore, if you would like to receive an acceptance letter, please notify us IMMEDIATELY after you have been accepted to our program. The earlier you begin the visa application process, the better.
The first step is to create an account at TheIHS.org or, if you already have an account with us, log into your existing account. Once you are logged in to your account, you can find a link to the IHS Summer Seminar application by clicking on the tab “Applications.” The application asks for your contact and educational background, your seminar preferences, and a few short essay questions. You may save your application at any time and return to it later. For more information about the application process, please see our Application Preview.
The Advanced Topics In Liberty seminars are Invitation-Only events and notifications will be sent by email in the Early Spring. 2014 Summer Seminar applicants will be considered for our Foundations of Liberty and Liberty & Society seminars.
Our seminars are provided at no charge to participants. IHS provides lodging, food, books, materials, and lectures. We ask only for your time and thoughtful participation. However, participants will be responsible for covering the costs for travel to and from the seminar location.
This opportunity, worth the equivalent of $1,000 in tuition and room & board, is made possible through the generous contributions of individual donors, corporations, and foundations. IHS is a non-profit educational organization.
IHS seminars take place on university campuses. Participants stay in university housing and dine in the campus cafeteria. This year, we will be holding seminars on the following campuses:
Yes. You can save your progress by clicking 'Save for Later' at the bottom of the application page. When you return to your to your IHS profile, your Summer Seminar Application will be marked 'In Progress’, and you will be taken to where you left off.
All applicants need to submit a new application to be considered for a 2014 Summer Seminar, even if an application had been selected in a previous year.
Applicants submitting a completed seminar application will receive a confirmation email. If you did not receive a notification after submitting your completed application, please contact us because we may not have received it. You can check the current status of your application by logging onto your IHS Profile, selecting the Applications tab, and viewing the status adjacent to 2014 IHS Summer Seminars.
As you might suspect, the applicant pool is highly competitive. In reviewing applications, we carefully evaluate academic ability, career interests, demonstrated interest in the subjects of the seminars, and any specific requirements for particular seminars. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide information or evaluations about individual applications.
IHS does not accept additional materials for review with seminar applications.
No. If you are selected to attend an IHS Summer Seminar, you are welcome to accept even if you have submitted other applications. If you are selected to attend another IHS program that conflicts with the IHS Summer Seminar, you are free to change your seminar RSVP.
If you could not find the answers to your questions in our FAQs, please let us know at seminars@TheIHS.org.