Sabbatical Research Fellowship

Program Overview

The Institute for Humane Studies offers funding in the amount of $50,000 for semester-long sabbaticals for the study, research, and teaching of classical liberal ideas.

Areas of interest for these highly competitive awards include research in the classical liberal intellectual tradition, free/open markets, individual rights, private property, peace, prosperity, self-determination/autonomy, decentralization, limited government, privacy, free speech, the cultural drivers and consequences of classical liberal ideas, and related themes.

IHS welcomes applications for the Sabbatical Research Fellowship from permanent, full-time faculty at four-year degree granting institutions in the humanities and social sciences, but preference will be given to scholars in the early stages of their career.

Sabbatical Research Fellowship for Early-Career Scholars
Early-career scholars (within 10 years of completion of terminal degree) whose projects will support a tenure application or promotion dossier are encouraged to apply. These awards are made possible through the generous support of the T.W. Smith Foundation.

Sabbatical Research Fellowship for Senior Scholars
Senior scholars advancing research on topics related to IHS’s Discourse Initiative or looking to complete a major post-tenure project are also encouraged to apply for an IHS-funded Sabbatical Research Fellowship.

IHS is currently considering grant applications for approved sabbaticals to be taken in the 2021-2022 academic year.


To be eligible to apply for a major research award from IHS, you must:

  • Be employed as a permanent, full-time faculty member at a four-year degree-granting institution. Preference will be given to institutions based in the United States.
  • Possess a strong research interest in or knowledge of liberalism and/or classical liberal scholarship as demonstrated in proposed research project.
  • Have at least applied for sabbatical leave (applicants with leave already approved are especially welcome).

IHS supports a diverse collection of faculty members across a wide range of academic disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. Qualifying fields of study include economics, political science, philosophy, PPE, law, history, sociology, business, psychology, literature, the visual and performing arts and related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.

Please note, as a non-profit organization, the Institute for Humane Studies has a policy against supporting institutional overhead or indirect costs when making grants to faculty or graduate students.

For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Application and Deadline

Applications for IHS Sabbatical Research Fellowships are reviewed biannually.

Award period: Fall ’21 and Spring ‘22
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2020
Decisions announced: Dec. 1, 2020

Award period: Spring ’22, Fall ’22, and Spring ’23
Deadline: April 1, 2021
Decisions announced: April 30, 2021

Applications submitted after 11:59 pm EDT on November 1, 2020, will be considered in the subsequent review period.

Unsuccessful candidates still seeking funding are encouraged to apply to our other funding opportunities.