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Graduate Sabbatical Grants

Grant Amount: Up to $15,000

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Are you looking for sabbatical support while you focus on your dissertation?

Graduate Sabbatical Grants provide up to $15,000 to PhD candidates (ABD) and postdoctoral fellows to buy out teaching or research responsibilities for a semester so that they can complete vital work toward the completion of their degrees, publications, or other milestones in their early academic careers. These highly competitive grants can be renewed for grantees who show exceptional progress. Summer fellowships for graduate students are available.

Awardees are expected to complete a significant milestone in their early academic career—examples include finishing large portions of a dissertation, completing and submitting material for publication, or producing work and presenting at a major conference.

Awardees will be asked to provide updates on significant milestones during the course of the sabbatical and to inform IHS about other relevant research progress.

These grants are highly competitive and applicants who do not receive a sabbatical offer may still be invited to receive a Humane Studies Fellowship.

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

Applicant Eligibility

  • 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, and 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

Ineligible Expenses

  • IHS grants cannot support institutional overhead or indirect costs

Please note: We suggest that sabbatical applications be submitted at least three months before the semester begins. 

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Start dates should be 4 or more weeks after application date, to allow time for reviews.

Start dates should be 4 or more weeks after application date, to allow time for reviews.

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Application Information

Note: All applications might be subject to consideration under a different IHS funding opportunity. Should it happen and your application gets accepted, you will receive an acceptance email from the appropriate funding opportunity.

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.