USA: PhD Humane Studies Fellowships

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The Humane Studies Fellowship is a non-residency fellowship program that awards up to $15,000 per year. Moreover, it provides individual advising and an extensive support network to help ensure academic success before and after you receive your degree.

Is the Humane Studies Fellowship right for me?

Is it right for me?
The fellowship is open to current or prospective full-time graduate students (including law students) from accredited universities anywhere in the world whose research interests are related to ideas of a free society.

What sort of individuals are you looking for?

Students who are dedicated to advancing the ideas of liberty through research and teaching.

What other benefits are there besides the money?

Plenty! For one thing, you’ll be joining an impressive network of over 1,400 liberty-advancing scholars and students, including David Schmidtz at the University of Arizona, Tyler Cowen at George Mason University, and Randall Kroszner at the University of Chicago.

Plus, you’ll also be able to attend invitation-only programs such as the Career Development Seminar, Research Colloquium, and Advanced Topics weekend seminars.

And, don’t forget, the financial provision allows you to focus on your studies in greater freedom. (Literally as well as figuratively.)


IHS considers applications from individuals who will be full-time graduate students during the 2013-14 academic year and who have a clearly demonstrated research interest in the intellectual and institutional foundations of a free society.

Applicants are evaluated based on three primary criteria:

+Relevance of work to the advancement of a free society
+Academic or professional performance
+Potential for success in chosen field

All applicants will be considered without regard to race, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, or disability. Although IHS considers applications from outside the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, fellowships are generally awarded to applicants who live or study in those countries.

The Humane Studies Fellowship is an award up to $15,000.

+Fellowships are awarded for one year, and award winners may reapply for each year of their full-time studies.
+Fellowships take into account the tuition at the recipient’s institution and any other funds received by the recipient.
+Full scholarships will not be awarded to students who will receive full-tuition scholarships or stipends from other sources, although partial awards will be considered.
+Award decisions by IHS and its trustees are final and not subject to appeal.

As a Humane Studies Fellow you’ll be eligible for invitation-only events that will provide opportunities to discuss new research and other advanced topics with leading scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Recent programs have explored issues like:

+Freedom and Coercion
+Progress, Tradition and Responsibility
+Constitutionalism and Safeguards of Individual Liberty
+The Legitimate Role of Government

How to apply
The deadline to apply is January 31, 2014.
 Applications must be submitted through our online application system. You can review the application questions before you start your application. What’s more, you can also start and save your application and submit it at a later time. If you have not already registered on, the application requires a short registration process.

Supporting documents must be uploaded to the application as electronic files (.doc, pdf, etc.) as we no longer accept supporting materials by mail. Please begin collecting supporting materials early, as certain items may take time to compile. Instructions for how to submit supporting materials are listed at the end of the online application.

You will be required to list at least one (and up to three) recommenders on your application. We will send requests to these recommenders for their letters of recommendation once your application is submitted. The deadline for your recommenders to submit recommendations back to IHS is February 15, 2013.

You will be able to check the status of your application, upload additional documents, provide updates, and change your recommenders in your IHS account.

There is a $25 application fee that can be paid by credit card. If you cannot pay by credit card, please notify us before you submit your application. We will handle requests on a case-by-case basis. Payment instructions appear at the end of the application.


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