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Graduate Sabbatical Grants

Program Overview

Graduate Sabbatical Grants provide up to $15,000 to PhD candidates (ABD) and postdoctoral fellows to buy out teaching or research assistance responsibilities for a semester so that they may develop dissertation chapters or other work into publishable paper drafts within six months. These highly competitive grants can be renewed for grantees who show exceptional progress. Summer fellowships for graduate students are available. Applicants who do not receive a sabbatical offer may be invited to receive a Humane Studies Fellowship.

Awardee Expectations

  • Submit at least one paper, significantly developed during the sabbatical term, to a leading publication outlet within six months of receiving the awarded funds.
  • Present their work at an online IHS event (e.g. our Graduate Conference).
  • Keep IHS updated on their research progress.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicants must have published previously or have an article currently under review.
  • Applicants must be enrolled as full-time PhD students who have advanced to candidacy, or currently hold a postdoctoral fellowship.
  • Previous applicants and winners are welcome to apply. Prior participation in IHS programs is not required.
  • The fellowship is open to students at any university. International students are eligible; however, priority is given to applicants at top research institutions.
  • Preference will be given to research directly tied to IHS areas of focus.

Application Timeline

We suggest that sabbatical applications be submitted at least three months before the semester begins. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of their award decision within eight weeks of submission.

Indirect Costs

IHS grants cannot support institutional overhead or indirect costs

Here is the timeline for our application process:

  1. Apply for a position 
  2. An HR team member will review your application submission  
  3. If selected for consideration, you will speak with a recruiter 
  4. If your experience and skills match the role, you will interview with the hiring manager
  5. If you are a potential fit for the position, you will interview with additional staff members
  6. If you are the candidate chosen, we will extend a job offer


All candidates will be notified regarding the status of their application within two to three weeks of submission. As new positions often become available, we encourage you to visit our site frequently for additional opportunities that align with your interests and skills.