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Succeed as a Student and Secure a Career in Academia

Events & Programs / Graduate Programs

Succeed as a Student and Secure a Career in Academia

Graduate Career Support Events

No matter where you are in your graduate school journey, IHS can help you set yourself up for success in graduate school and on the academic job market.

Late-Stage Graduate Students

Prepare for the academic job market with faculty who know the process. IHS has designed these seminars to help you explore best practices for compiling dossiers, giving a successful interview, and presenting a job talk. Faculty will be on hand to address your specific questions. Participants are also automatically approved for mock interviews and dossier reviews.

These workshops take place online and feature advice and Q&A with faculty experts from various disciplines. You may register for the entire series or select the individual topics that fit your interest and schedule.

How to Interview Successfully for an Academic Job with Prof. Jake Monaghan

May 4, 2022

Giving a Great Job Talk with Prof. Joy Buchanan

August 3, 2022

Early to Mid-Level Graduate Students

What’s really important in graduate school? Hear how leading faculty avoided the busywork in their studies and excelled at the essentials. Learn the right way to craft a research agenda, choose an advisor, get published, and much more.

Adjusting to Academic Life: Maintaining Balance and Mental Wellness in Grad School with Dr. Bobbi Herzberg

May 31, 2022

Adjusting to Academic Life: Maintaining Balance and Mental Wellness in Grad School with Dr. Bobbi Herzberg

Zoom · Event date: May 31, 2022 · Event time:1:00 p.m. ET

Join Dr. Bobbi Herzberg on Tuesday, May 31, at 1:00 p.m. ET for an online seminar about maintaining balance in graduate school. Explore the importance of mental wellness and learn how to succeed holistically in graduate school and academia!

Dr. Herzberg is a distinguished senior fellow for the F. A. Hayek Program in Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Increase Your Impact through Academic Writing and Speaking with Dr. Paul J. Zak

August 10, 2022

Increase Your Impact through Academic Writing and Speaking with Dr. Paul J. Zak

Zoom · Event date: August 10, 2022 · Event time:1:00 p.m. ET

Join Dr. Paul J. Zak on Wednesday, August 10, at 1:00 PM ET for an online seminar about increasing the readership of your articles and the impact of your talks. Hear tips on grabbing and retaining audience attention by refining your academic writing and speaking.

Dr. Zak is professor of economic sciences, psychology & management and director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont Graduate University.

Check back this summer for more information on fall 2022 event!

Aspiring PhD Students

Graduate School 101 is an online workshop designed to help undergraduates and master’s students prepare for a PhD program.

Learn how to choose a PhD program, get accepted, develop a research agenda, and find success in your first year and beyond. You’ll also hear about how IHS can support your career with programs such as the Humane Studies Fellowship.

The schedule has been carefully designed to cover the essentials of your early graduate career, and we encourage you to attend each session to get the most from the program.

The event is held every fall. This online program is free to attend and no preparation is required.

Applications for our 2022 Graduate Conference are closed. Check back later for future dates!

All Graduate Student Levels

Present your research online and get feedback from faculty at the annual IHS Graduate Conference. The conference offers an open and constructive forum of colleagues and friends. Faculty mentors will also share their current research, along with hard-won advice on getting published. The program is free to attend online. IHS offers a $100 honorarium to help students attend the conference.

The 2022 Graduate Conference takes place April 22-23. Please reach out to if you have any questions about this year’s conference

Enter the Academic Job Market with Confidence

Practice makes perfect. You can’t be too prepared for the job market. That’s why IHS connects PhD students with faculty mentors for practice interviews and feedback on dossiers. Please apply at least one month before your interview and/or application. It can take four to six weeks to review your application, match you with faculty, and schedule your interview.

Practice Interview Skills

Get connected to one to two faculty mentors from your discipline for a 30-50 minute interview that includes constructive feedback.

Get Feedback from Experts

Receive guidance from faculty on your CV, cover letter, teaching portfolio, or other materials that are relevant to your career success.

Discover an Enlightening Summer Experience

For nearly 50 years, IHS has gathered the brightest minds to its Summer Seminars. Friedrich Hayek. James Buchanan. Robert Nozick. Now we invite you to join us July 18-24 for your next intellectual adventure exploring the ideas that matter to you.

Summer Seminars Offer:


One Week of Engaging Activities

Experience a week of collaboration and discussion with other passionate liberal scholars.


Two Seminars and Supporting Lectures

Seminars and lectures cover the wide history of classical liberalism and the most challenging themes of the tradition today.


Book Discussions and Breakout Panels

Dive deeper into specific topics with book discussions and breakout panels designed to tailor an experience to your interests and perspectives.


Meet the Scholars

Meet scholars by participating in social events, a movie night, and meals. Each event gives you the opportunity to expand your network and enrich the liberal tradition.

Join a small group of top graduate students for six days of captivating lectures and conversations with leading scholars like David Schmidtz, Jacob Levy, Kevin Vallier, and Lauren Hall.

Both seminars will take place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on July 18-24, 2022, and you can choose to attend either one.

As always, attendance is free, and lodging, meals, tuition, and moderate travel assistance will be provided courtesy of IHS. Space is extremely limited, so apply today!

Origins of the Free Society

Explore the full breadth and depth of the classical liberal tradition and the founding of the free society, from the proto-liberalism of Locke and Montesquieu through Smith, Hayek, the Ostroms, and beyond.

Modern Challenges to Liberty

Explore current challenges to the classical liberal tradition from the left and the right, as well as classical liberal approaches to contemporary issues like immigration, race, and balancing liberty and equality.

The Application Period for Summer Seminars has Ended

Please  Consider Some of Our Other Great Graduate Programs Listed at the Top of this Page

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