Sabbatical Research Fellowship

Program Overview

With generous support from the T.W. Smith Foundation, 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 include critiques of liberalism, 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.

Preference will be given to early-career scholars (within ten years of completion of terminal degree) whose projects will support a tenure application, promotion dossier, or major post-tenure project, as well as senior scholars advancing research on topics related to IHS’s Discourse Initiative.

IHS is currently considering grant applications for approved sabbaticals to be taken in the 2020-2021 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.

Application and Deadline

Applications for IHS Discourse Initiative Research Awards and Sabbatical Research Fellowships are reviewed biannually. The next application deadline is March 1, 2020, and all applicants will be notified of their application status within four weeks of the deadline. Applications submitted after 11:59 pm EST on March 1, 2019, will be considered in the subsequent review period.

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