Secure financial support to offset the cost of graduate
school as you develop research and work toward a career in
The Humane Studies Fellowship (HSF) is a non-residency,
renewable award of up to $15,000 per year to assist students
enrolled or planning to enroll in full-time PhD programs. We are
currently accepting applications for spring 2022 fellowships.
Humane Studies Fellows not only gain financial aid, but also
connect with IHS and our network of scholars working to advance
classical liberal ideas in the academy. This includes access to
academic advising and invitations to future career development
seminars, research workshops, discussion colloquia, and other
Accepted Fellows research a broad range of topics from migration
and 18th-century property rights to bioethics and environmental
policy. IHS welcomes scholars working in unique and diverse
research areas. We are looking for anyone doing exciting
classical liberal research in the humanities and social sciences.
A few examples of the research interests of previous Humane
Studies Fellowship include (but are not limited to):
- The displacement of civil society by the welfare state
- The role of patient autonomy in bioethics
- Impediments to economic growth in developing countries
- The relationship between U.S. presidential politics, fiscal
policies, and economic performance
Application Dates and Deadlines
August 1, 2021 | Applications for spring 2022
fellowships are due.
October 1, 2021 | Decisions announced.
December 1, 2021 | Applications for summer
2022 fellowships are due.
February 1, 2022 | Decisions announced.
April 1, 2022 | Applications for fall 2022
fellowships are due.
June 1, 2022 | Decisions announced.
Fellows are free to use the funds to further their research as
they see fit, including summer course buyouts, purchasing data
sets, funding research travel, and more. Once you become a Fellow,
IHS becomes a partner and a champion for your academic career. The
Humane Studies Fellowship connects you with a community of other
scholars dedicated to advancing the classical liberal tradition
through civil discourse and research. Fellowship recipients may
also receive opportunities for individual academic advising,
mentoring, networking programs, and other career-advancing
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
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.