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The deadline to apply for the 2014 Humane Studies Fellowship has passed. Applicants will be notified of their status by May 1.

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Note: The application has undergone a substantial redesign. The application will only ask relevant questions based on your previous answers. As such, we have listed all of the possible questions below, but you may not be asked all of them, depending on the stage of your studies. If you have applied previous years, please review the changes as outlined below.

Refer to this page as you prepare your 2014 Humane Studies Fellowship application. Please use proper capitalization; avoid all caps or all lower case. Please note that this is a preview of the application, not the actual application. To apply, login to your account or create an account, and go to the Application Manager.

Eligibility: Applications will be considered from those who will be full-time graduate students in the 2014-2015 academic year and have a clearly demonstrated research interest in the intellectual and institutional foundations of a free society. Awards are based on academic or professional performance, relevance of one's work to the advancement of a free society, and potential for success.

Application Fee: $25, paid by credit card. Payment instructions appear on the last page of the application. Remember, applications will not be reviewed until payment is received.

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Prefix *
First Name *
Middle Name
Last Name *
Preferred First Name / Nickname *
Primary Email: *
Secondary Email

Date of Birth *
Gender *
Citizenship *
State of Residence (US residents)

Personal Website
Website Type

Please indicate whether you have previously applied to this program. 

Have you participated in an IHS program in the past (Please select the most recent program that you attended.)* 

Are you studying in the United States? * 

How did you first hear about this scholarship? *

Address Type *
Country *
Address *
City *
Postal Code *

Telephone Type *
Country Code *
Area Code *
Phone Number *


Current or most recent institution
Where are you currently or most recently enrolled? *
First Major/Field *
Second Major/Field
Degree Type *
Enrollment Date 
Completion/End Date *
Current GPA * (Select N/A if you do not have a GPA.)

You may add additional universities.

Graduate Study
If you are applying for admission to graduate study, please list the programs to which you have applied, and the date you expect to receive the decisions (University / Department or Program / Date of Decision). You MUST keep IHS informed on the status of all your applications to graduate school (i.e. offers made, offers accepted, offers turned down, rejections). This information must be reported to IHS by April 15, 2014, for final consideration.

Have you ever been suspended or required to withdraw from any school or college? 
If yes, please explain.

ESSAYS questions

  • In 500 words or less, what highly regarded book, article, or general theory not directly related to your research is misguided in a way that is inimical to liberty?
  • In 500 words or less, what thinkers or ideas most influenced your approach to your chosen discipline, and how do you see your work fitting into that discipline?
  • In 500 words or less, explain how you hope your career will advance liberty.
  • In 50 words or less, what question does your research try to answer?

Upload the following materials:

  1. A writing sample of 3,000 words or less. If your preferred writing sample is longer than 3,000 words, a partial sample of that work is acceptable.
  2. An electronic transcript from your current (or most recent) institution. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
  3. Your proposal defense (if applicable)
  4. At least one, and up to three, syllabi for courses you have taught (if applicable)
  5. Your resume/C.V.
  6. If applying to a new program, please upload any relevant test scores for the program(s) you’re applying to, such as GRE, LSAT, etc


As part of the application, we require one letter of recommendation. We STRONGLY suggest submitting two, and allow you to submit up to three.  These individuals should be able to comment on your academics works, career performance, and potential for future success. Please provide the contact information of your recommender(s). Once you submit your application, an email will be sent to your references asking them to enter their recommendations through an online form.  

Reference #1
Title *
First Name *
Last Name *
E-mail *
Phone Number
Relationship to you *

Reference #2
Title *
First Name *
Last Name *
E-mail *
Phone Number
Relationship to you *

Reference #3 (optional)
First Name
Last Name
Phone Number
Relationship to you


  • How much (if any) of your tuition is NOT funded for the 2014-2015 school year?
  • Not including tuition assistance, what other funding are you receiving (stipend, fellowship, etc)?
  • Please select your discipline. This assigns your application to the appropriate reviewer. Not all disciplines and specialties are listed.


(only those applying to a new program will be required to answer these questions)

  • List the programs to which you have applied, or plan on applying to, in order of preference. Please list in the format: University / Department or Program/ Date you expect to receive the decision.
  • You MUST keep IHS informed on the status of all your applications to graduate school (i.e. offers made, offers accepted, offers turned down, rejections). You will receive instructions via email once the application is submitted.
  • Will you have graduated with a bachelor’s degree by August 31, 2014

Please note: This is not the application. This is an application preview.