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Institute for Humane Studies Fellowships

January 31, 2016
Arts and Humanities
Social Science
Institute for Humane Studies
Full Year


The Institute of Humane Studies (IHS), established in the tradition of classical liberalism, offers fellowships to graduate students and outstanding undergraduates embarking on “liberty-advancing careers in ideas.”  These fellowships support study in a variety of fields, including economics, philosophy, law, political science, history, and sociology. 

Awards range from $2,000 to $15,000, depending on the cost of education at a recipient’s home institution and other awards he or she may be receiving.  Fellowship winners may re-apply for each year of their studies.

The program is open to full-time and prospective graduate students, including law and MBA students.  A limited number of fellowships is available to undergraduate juniors and seniors with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a scholarly career.  Citizens of all countries may apply, although most recipients are from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

HIS evaluates candidates according to three main criteria:  the relevance of their work to the advancement of a free society, their academic or professional performance, and their potential for success in their chosen field.