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Fund Your Work. Further Your Career.

In the classroom and in research, IHS grants help scholars pursue their best work.

Fund Your Work. Further Your Career.

In the classroom and in research, IHS grants help scholars pursue their best work.

Flexible Grants for Scholars

IHS offers more than two million dollars in highly competitive grants for projects within our areas of focus.

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Expense Support

Grant Amount

Based on Need

Program Overview

Through our Hayek Fund, graduate students and faculty can request support for expenses related to research on themes within the liberal tradition.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Any scholar engaged in research or teaching at an accredited college or university may apply for funding. Grants are typically supplemental and are designed to offset a project’s total cost. Applicants will be notified of decisions within six weeks of submission.

Eligible Expenses

The following are common expenses supported by IHS. We welcome uncommon requests.

  • Travel for conference presentations, job interviews, and archival research
  • Research collaboration and hiring a research assistant
  • Journal submission fees 
  • Purchase of data sets
  • Book publication expenses (e.g. copy editing, indexing)
  • Application fees for PhD programs

Ineligible Expenses

  • Living expenses (e.g. rent)
  • Hardware costs (e.g. laptops, printers)
  • Institutional overhead costs

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be full-time students or faculty at an accredited college or university. Preference will be given to research directly tied to IHS areas of focus and to applicants from North America and Europe. 

  • Applications must be submitted six weeks before expense is incurred
  • Retroactive expenses are ineligible
  • Applications may only pertain to one project (multiple applications are welcomed)
  • Typically, the same project will not be funded more than once
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Event Support

Grant Amount

Based on Need

Program Overview

Graduate students and faculty can request funds for hosting in-person and online events. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Events Supported

These grants can be used to support a variety of events including:

  • Campus-wide lectures and panel discussions
  • Book manuscript and papers workshops (honoraria for participants)
  • Author-meets-critics panels
  • Pedagogy and professionalization workshops
  • On-campus conferences
  • Reading groups for students or faculty

Event Eligibility

  • Applications must be submitted at least 90 days prior to the proposed event. Applicants will be notified of decisions within eight weeks of submission.
  • Events must be rigorously academic in nature and take place in the United States or online. 
  • Preference goes to events which deal with the IHS areas of focus.
  • Events should feature speakers or texts that represent the diversity of views within the broad liberal tradition.
  • The grant cannot support institutional overhead or indirect costs.
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Grants for Course Buyouts

Grant Amount

Based on Need

Program Overview

Faculty can request support to buy out one or more courses to help prepare work for publication. A small number of applications are selected for full sabbatical support, based on need and the expected influence of the work. Junior scholars are particularly encouraged to request full sabbatical awards.

Priority for these grants goes to:

  • Manuscripts under contract with top publishers or papers likely to be accepted in top journals
  • Research directly tied to IHS areas of focus
  • Applicants from leading research and teaching institutions

Awardee Expectations

Awardees are expected to make significant progress on their project during the grant period and share that progress with IHS.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be full-time faculty (including post-docs) at an accredited college or university. 

Application Timeline

We recommend submitting applications six months before the relevant semester to allow time for institutional planning. Decisions will be announced within eight weeks from submission.

Humane Studies Fellowship

The Humane Studies Fellowship offers three types of support to graduate students, awarded on a rolling basis:

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Conference Accelerator Grants

Grant Amount

$2,000

Program Overview

Conference Accelerator Grants are designed for master’s and PhD students who haven’t advanced to candidacy. These grants provide $2,000 to “accelerate” the work of developing a paper into a conference presentation by freeing time and supporting relevant expenses.

These awards provide access to other IHS opportunities including job market support, in-person and online events, and much more.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of their award within eight weeks of submission.

Awardee Expectations

Awardees are expected to submit proof of academic conference participation within six months of award date.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicants must be full-time students in an MA or PhD program. 
  • Previous applicants and winners are welcome to apply; students can receive up to three concurrent Accelerator Grants.
  • Prior participation in IHS programs is not required. 
  • This award is available 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.

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Publication Accelerator Grants

Grant Amount

$5,000

Program Overview

Publication Accelerator Grants provide $5,000 to support students with an established publishing record who commit to submitting an article to a leading journal within the next six months. These grants are intended to “accelerate” the development of projects by freeing time and supporting relevant expenses.

These awards give you access to other IHS opportunities including job market support, in-person and online events, and much more.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of their award within eight weeks of submission.

Awardee Expectations

Awardees are expected to:

  • Submit proof of submission, either as a solo author or first author, to a mainstream journal within six months of awards date
  • Submit their work for an IHS Peer Review within four months from the award date
  • Present their work at an online IHS event (e.g. our Graduate Conference)

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicants must be full-time students enrolled in an MA or PhD program. 
  • Previous applicants and winners are welcome to apply; students can receive up to three concurrent Accelerator Grants.
  • Prior participation in IHS programs is not required. 
  • This award is available 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.

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Graduate Sabbatical Grants

Grant Amount

Up to $15,000

Program Overview

Graduate Sabbatical Grants provide up to $15,000 to PhD candidates (ABD) to buy out teaching or research responsibilities for a semester. These grants are highly competitive and can be renewed.

Awardee Expectations

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 research progress
  • Submit at least one paper, significantly developed during the sabbatical term, to a leading journal within six months of their sabbatical start date

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. 
  • 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.

Junior Fellowship

Each year, IHS names a class of Junior Fellows from among the top graduate students who participate in our programs. This invitation-only award provides funds for summer research and includes access to our famed Summer Seminars, a weekend of unforgettable lectures and conversations on the history and future of the classical liberal tradition.

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Roger Pilon Fellowship

Grant Amount

up to $10,000

The Roger Pilon Fellowship awards up to $10,000 to qualified Columbia University School of General Studies students selected each year by IHS.

The grant is paid out in two parts: $5,000 upon initial acceptance and $5,000 after attending an IHS event. Winners will receive information about upcoming IHS events.

Applications for the 2023-2024 academic year will open in Spring 2023.

We also encourage you to explore additional awards and grants from IHS.

More About the Roger Pilon Fellowship

The Roger Pilon Fellowship is generously supported by Roger Pilon, Ph.D., J.D. (GS, 1971) and administered by the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS), whose mission is to support and partner with scholars to promote the teaching and research of classical liberal ideas and to advance higher education’s core purpose of intellectual discovery and human progress. The fellowships are intended for students planning careers that advance the ideas of the classical liberal tradition.

Am I eligible?

The Roger Pilon Fellowship is open to full-time students who will be enrolled at Columbia University’s School of General Studies, during the 2022-2023 academic year.

The fellowships are intended for students who plan to pursue either

1) academic careers in political philosophy, American history, economics, or law, or

2) legal careers practicing public-interest law in the classical liberal tradition.

Veterans of U.S. armed forces will receive special consideration.

What do I need to complete the application?

A completed online application form that includes:

  • CV or resume
  • Official transcript from Columbia University’s School of General Studies (prospective students may submit most recent transcript from a previous institution)
  • Short essays on the following:
    • List four books or thinkers that have influenced your worldview, and explain why (<100 words each).
    • Autobiographical sketch (tell us about yourself!) (<500 words).
    • Discuss your understanding of the U.S. Constitution (<1,000 words).
    • Discuss your career plans, including why you have chosen them (<500 words).
  • One letter of recommendation, sent from the recommender directly to the Institute for Humane Studies.

Please direct any questions and letters of recommendation to Funding@theihs.org.

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.