Humane Studies Fellowship
Secure financial support to offset the cost of graduate school as you develop research and work toward a career in academia.
Applications Close: December 1, 2019
Most awards will be given for the 2020-2021 academic year and disbursed in the fall, but a limited number of funding packages will be available for early disbursement in the summer.
Summer Awards Announced: January 15, 2020
Fall Awards Announced: March 2, 2020
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 our career development seminars, research workshops, discussion colloquia, and other networking events.
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. Apply today!
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
To be eligible to apply for the Humane Studies Fellowship, you must:
- Be enrolled full time in a PhD program at any institution for the 2020-2021 academic year
- Have a research interest that contributes to the advancement of classical liberal scholarship
Previous Humane Studies Fellowship applicants and winners who will be enrolled as full-time PhD students in the 2020-2021 academic year are welcome to apply. Prior participation in IHS programs is not required. The fellowship is open to PhD students at any university – applicants do not need to be enrolled at George Mason University to be eligible. International students are eligible; however, preference is given to applicants who live or study in the United States, Canada, and/or the United Kingdom. Qualifying fields of study include economics, political science, philosophy, law, history, sociology, and similar disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. We generally do not fund students studying the natural sciences, medicine, or engineering.