You go into self-inflicted poverty. You spend years at it, usually your 20s, all of your 20s. And there are no guarantees…– Dr. Anthony Comegna
“In many ways, it is a ridiculous decision to make,” Comegna says. “You go into self-inflicted poverty. You spend years at it, usually your 20s, all of your 20s. And there are no guarantees… But for those of us who yearn for that academic lifestyle, we almost have to go through this trial by fire.”
If you’re dedicated to studying the ideas of liberty at the highest possible level, you almost have no option but to brave the tribulation of graduate school.
But you do have the option to ask the Institute for Humane Studies for help.
Our Hayek Fund for Scholars supports students and faculty who are researching and teaching the ideas of liberty within the social sciences and humanities by funding a wide range of research and career-advancing activities.
If you apply for a Hayek Fund for Scholars grant, you could get funding for:
- Travel for paper presentations or job interviews at academic conferences
- Submission fees for unpublished manuscripts and academic journal articles
- Travel for archival research
- Purchase of data sets
- Participation in seminars or peer reviews
- Collaborative research projects or the hiring of a research assistant
- Facilitation of thought-provoking reading groups and book clubs with students
- Reimbursement of application fees for PhD programs
When we pay for a Hayek Fund grantee’s research trip or seminar, we know that we’re investing in the continued exploration of classical liberal ideas. We can’t make graduate school easy for you. But the Hayek Fund for Scholars can take some difficult financial decisions off your plate and let you focus on what matters—the ideas that got you to grad school in the first place.
Learn more about the Hayek Fund for Scholars, including how to apply, here.