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Graduate Sabbatical Grants

Program Overview

Provides up to $15,000 to graduate students and postdocs to buy out teaching responsibilities for a semester. These grants are highly competitive and can be renewed.

Awardees are expected to:

  • Present their work at an online IHS event (e.g. our Graduate Conference)
  • Attend one IHS research productivity workshop
  • Keep IHS updated on their progress


Applicants for Humane Studies Fellowship awards must be enrolled in an MA or PhD program or be undertaking a post-doctoral fellowship. Previous applicants and winners are welcome to apply. Prior participation in IHS programs is not required.

The fellowship is open to students and postdocs at any university. International students are eligible; however, preference is given to applicants who live or study in North America or the United Kingdom. Qualifying fields of study include economics, political science, philosophy, law, history, sociology, and similar disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.

Applicants must have published previously or have an article currently under review.

Application and Deadline

Since funds are limited, we suggest applying for fall sabbaticals by July 15 and spring sabbaticals by November 15. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of their award decision within eight weeks of submission.

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.