Hayek Fund for Scholars

Advance your academic career through funding support!

The Hayek Fund for Scholars supports graduate students and faculty who are researching and teaching ideas within the classical liberal tradition.

All scholars engaged in research or teaching at an accredited college or university may apply for funding. The ideal candidate is eager to pursue or continue a career in academia and contribute to the classical liberal intellectual tradition through their scholarship. Though all disciplines are welcome to apply, preference is typically given to scholars working in the humanities and social sciences.

Hayek Fund for Scholars
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Hayek Fund for Scholars

The Hayek Fund Can Support

  • 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  • Submission fees for unpublished manuscripts and academic journal articles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 or survey data
  • Participation in seminars or peer reviews*
  • Collaborative research projects or the hiring of a research assistant
  • Reimbursement of application fees for PhD programs
  • Expenses related to participation and/or organization of academic panels
  • Expenses related to publishing a book (copy-editing, book index, etc.)

The Hayek Fund Does Not Support

  • Research stipends
  • Tuition
  • Time buy-outs
  • Living expenses
  • Hardware costs
  • Event costs
  • Overhead costs

IHS Funding Opportunities

For research stipends, graduate students may apply to the IHS  Humane Studies Fellowship and faculty may apply to the IHS Sabbatical Research Fellowship, Discourse Initiative Research Grants, or Free Speech and Open Inquiry Grants.

If you are interested in book clubs, undergraduate discussion colloquia, or other academic event support, please see our Academic Event Support program.

As part of its Discourse Initiative, IHS is particularly interested in research and programs in the following general categories: Liberalism and Its Critics, Key Challenges within a Free Society, Cultural Challenges within Liberal Society, Contentious Topics within the Liberal Tradition, and Liberalism in Times of Crisis. Learn more about the Discourse Initiative here.

*Implications for IHS-sponsored travel due to Covid-19

Given the significant uncertainty around travel due to COVID, IHS will continue to offer travel support via Hayek Fund for Scholars with the following stipulations:

  • For travel-related expenses, we will only issue awards after the activity takes place. (e.g., If you are receiving funding for travel to a conference, IHS will transfer funds only after the conference has occurred).

Awardees own and assume the risk of any travel-related expenses from cancelled activities (e.g. if your conference has been canceled, we will not pay for any costs or fees associated with modified or canceled flights, room reservations, conference fees, and the like.

Hayek Fund Application Process

An application will include:

  • A clear deliverable
  • CV or resume
  • A detailed budget proposal
  • Essay of 300 words or less describing your proposed project or activity and how it will advance your career
  • Essay of 300 words or less explaining how the proposed project or activity will advance the discussion or study of classical liberal ideas
  • Brief statement of how your project aligns with the mission of IHS
  • Additional documentation, such as a relevant paper or dissertation to supplement the application, are not required but can be included in the application


  • The Hayek Fund offers awards up to $5,000
  • Applicants must be a student or faculty member at an accredited college or university
  • Applicants from the social sciences and humanities will be given preference, and applicants working within the hard sciences are generally not accepted
  • Applications must be submitted six weeks before the project’s start date
  • Retroactive funding is ineligible
  • Applications may only pertain to one project
  • Re-applicants cannot receive more than $10,000 in funding during an academic year and IHS will not typically fund the same project more than once.

Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision within 6 weeks of submission.

Please reach out to HayekFund@theihs.org with any questions.

For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

The IHS Impact

The Hayek Fund for Scholars has supported a wide range of scholars in the social sciences and humanities. Recent recipients and projects include:

Application Form

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.

IHS Guidelines for Event Speakers

If the event includes speakers or discussion leaders, they must be included in the application and align with IHS’s speaker guidelines.