Law and Journalism Research Positions for Faculty Interested in the Ideas of Liberalism

Virginia, United States
Salary Not specified
Sep 18, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

IHS Discourse Initiative Research Positions

Deadline: January 8, 2021

Type: Faculty, Tenured and Tenure Track 

Compensation Amount: $5,000 - $25,000 

IHS is soliciting applications in support of its Discourse Initiative, a series of conversations—in-person, online, and written—aimed at drawing scholarly attention back to the broad intellectual tradition of liberalism.

As part of this initiative, IHS offers faculty research positions funded in the amount of $5,000-$25,000 to support major research projects that hold significant promise of advancing a deeper understanding of ideas within the liberal tradition. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Liberalism and Its Critics, including engagement with and response to critiques from both ends of the ideological spectrum.
  • Key Challenges within a Free Society, such as tensions between liberty and equality, dynamism and stability, and freedom of speech and social cohesion.
  • Cultural Challenges within Liberal Society, such as protections for minority rights, the pace of change in an increasingly digital and globalized world, and the cultural requirements of a tolerant and pluralistic society.
  • Contentious Topics within the Liberal Tradition, including negative vs. positive rights, moral obligations within the liberal order, and contested meanings of liberal principles such as justice, equality, and democracy.
  • Liberalism in Times of Crisis, including the proper role of government in a crisis and how to balance competing goals, such as public health and safety, with civil liberties, the rule of law, and economic freedom in an emergency.

These grants may be used to underwrite direct expenses; pay research assistants, editors, or other contractors; or buy out time.

IHS supports a diverse collection of faculty members across a wide range of academic disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. Qualifying fields of study include economics, political science, philosophy, PPE, law, history, sociology, business, psychology, literature, and related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.

Application and Deadline

Applications are open to academics at any stage of their careers. Application deadlines are listed below:

September 1, 2020 | Applications for spring 2021 projects are due.
October 1, 2020 | 
Decisions announced.

January 8, 2021 | 
Applications for summer 2021 projects are due.
February 5, 2021 | 
Decisions announced.

April 1, 2021 | 
Applications for fall 2021 projects are due.
April 30, 2021 | 
Decisions announced.

Applicants will be notified of their application status within four weeks of the deadline. Applications submitted after 11:59 pm EST on the night of each deadline, will be considered in the subsequent review period.

Information about the Institute for Humane Studies

The Institute for Humane Studies partners with professors to promote the teaching and research of liberty and to advance higher education’s core purpose of intellectual discovery and human progress.

Our vision is to ensure higher education becomes a place where classical liberal ideas are regularly taught, discussed, challenged, and developed, and where free speech, intellectual diversity, and open inquiry flourish.

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