IHS Discourse Initiative
Deadline: September 1, 2021
Type: Faculty, Tenured and Tenure
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
- 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
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
Decisions for our most recent deadline will be announced May 28,
September 1, 2021 | Applications for
spring 2022 are due.
November 1, 2021 | Decisions announced.
March 1, 2022 | Applications for fall 2022
May 2, 2022 | Decisions announced.
Applicants will be notified of their application status within
four weeks of the deadline. Applications submitted after 11:59 pm
PST on the night of each deadline, will be considered in the
subsequent review period.
Information about the Institute for Humane
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
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.