2015 IHS Summer Seminars


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What sort of student are you looking for to attend an IHS Summer Seminar?

Summer Seminars are open to students and recent graduates from academic institutions anywhere in the world. This includes undergraduate and graduate students as well as any recent grads or advanced students. All are welcome to apply. Applicants are not required to be U.S. citizens, nor are they required to have studied in the U.S.

Strong applicants are individuals seeking to increase their knowledge of classical liberal ideas and possess critical thinking skills which are essential to a rigorous discussion of these ideas.

Please note that IHS cannot assist international students with visa applications. Those applicants would need to contact the appropriate U.S. embassy in order to complete that process. IHS can, however, provide an accepted student with a signed letter of acceptance to help in the visa application process. Therefore, if you would like to receive an acceptance letter, please notify us IMMEDIATELY after you have been accepted to our program. The earlier you begin the visa application process, the better.


How do I apply?

The first step is to create an account at TheIHS.org or, if you already have an account with us, log into your existing account. Once you are logged in to your account, you can find a link to the IHS Summer Seminar application by clicking on the tab “Applications.” The application asks for your contact and educational background, your seminar preferences, and a few short essay questions. You may save your application at any time and return to it later. For more information about the application process, please see our Application Preview.


How much will it cost to attend the seminar?

Our seminars are provided at no charge to participants. IHS provides lodging, food, books, materials, and lectures. We ask only for your time and thoughtful participation. However, participants will be responsible for covering the costs for travel to and from the seminar location.

This opportunity, worth the equivalent of $1,000 in tuition and room & board, is made possible through the generous contributions of individual donors, corporations, and foundations. IHS is a non-profit educational organization.         


Where are the seminars being held this year?

IHS seminars take place on university campuses. Participants stay in university housing and dine in the campus cafeteria. This year, we will be holding seminars on the following campuses:


If I can’t finish my application in one session, can I come back later to complete it? 

Yes. You can save your progress by clicking 'Save for Later' at the bottom of the application page. When you return to your IHS profile, your Summer Seminar Application will be marked 'In Progress’, and you will be taken to where you left off.


If I had an application selected last year do I need to submit a new one?

All applicants need to submit a new application to be considered for a 2015 Summer Seminar, even if an application had been selected in a previous year.


How do I confirm that you received my application?

Applicants submitting a completed seminar application will receive a confirmation email. If you did not receive a notification after submitting your completed application, please contact us because we may not have received it. You can check the current status of your application by logging onto your IHS Profile, selecting the Applications tab, and viewing the status adjacent to 2015 IHS Summer Seminars.


How are applications reviewed?

As you might suspect, the applicant pool is highly competitive. In reviewing applications, we carefully evaluate academic ability, career interests, demonstrated interest in the subjects of the seminars, and any specific requirements for particular seminars. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide information or evaluations about individual applications.


What other materials can I send to increase my chance of acceptance to a seminar?

IHS does not accept additional materials for review with seminar applications.


Will accepting a seminar invitation disqualify me from other IHS programs?

No. If you are selected to attend an IHS Summer Seminar, you are welcome to accept even if you have submitted other applications. If you are selected to attend another IHS program that conflicts with the IHS Summer Seminar, you are free to change your seminar RSVP.


If you could not find the answers to your questions in our FAQs, please let us know at seminars@TheIHS.org.