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The Hayek Fund

Program Overview

The Hayek Fund is a year round fund that supports graduate students and faculty who are researching and teaching ideas within the classical liberal tradition.

Applications are assessed and awarded on a rolling basis. All scholars engaged in research or teaching at an accredited college or university may apply for funding. The ideal candidate is eager to pursue or continue a career in academia and contribute to the classical liberal intellectual tradition through their scholarship. Applicants will be notified of their award decision within six weeks of submission.

The Hayek Fund Supports

  • Travel for job interviews or academic conference presentations
  • Submission fees to publish manuscripts and journal articles
  • Travel for archival research
  • Purchase of data sets
  • Participation in seminars or peer reviews
  • Collaborative research projects or hiring a research assistant
  • Application fees for PhD programs
  • Expenses related to participation or facilitation of academic panels
  • Book publication expenses, such as copy editing or indexing
  • And more

The Hayek Fund Does Not Support

  • Research stipends
  • Tuition time buy-outs
  • Living expenses
  • Hardware costs
  • Event costs
  • Overhead costs


Applicants must be a student or faculty member at an accredited college or university. Preference will be given to applications related to the social sciences and humanities.

  • Applications must be submitted six weeks before the project’s start date
  • Retroactive funding is ineligible
  • Applications may only pertain to one project
  • Applicants cannot receive more than $10,000 in funding through The Hayek Fund during an academic year
  • Typically the same project will not be funded more than once

Application Requirements

All applications must include

  • A clear deliverable
  • CV or resume
  • A detailed budget proposal
  • Essay of 300 words or fewer describing your proposed project or activity and how it will advance your career
  • Essay of 300 words or fewer explaining how the proposed project or activity will advance the discussion or study of classical liberal ideas
  • Brief statement of how your project aligns with the mission of IHS
  • Additional documentation such as a relevant paper to supplement the application is optional

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.