On-Campus Faculty Partnership

You have a vision for an engaging campus event. IHS can help make it a reality.

At IHS, we believe that ideas can change the world, and that one of the best ways to foster discussion about the big questions of human nature and our social existence is to empower faculty to engage more deeply with students through extracurricular activities. That’s why we created the On-Campus Faculty Partnership. Through a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation, we work with faculty across the country to host events that create campus conversations beyond the classroom.

We provide support for faculty-driven educational events aimed primarily at undergraduate students that raise and critically consider timeless and fundamental questions about free societies. Event formats vary, but include activities such as lectures, debates, seminars, reading groups, and more. Consider some examples of past supported events:

  • An invite-only Socratic seminar for 15 students at Yale University discussing public choice theory and its applications to public policy
  • A reading group on Commerce, Culture, and Liberty: Readings on Capitalism Before Adam Smith at Mount Holyoke College
  • A series of mini-seminars in philosophy, politics, and economics at the University of Pennsylvania
  • A conference discussing morality and markets at the Ohio State University
  • A debate at the University of Louisville on U.S. immigration policy
  • A lecture on the political economy of drone warfare and national security at Michigan State University
  • Also consider our list of upcoming events

What makes the IHS Faculty Partnership different from other grants you may be used to? The key difference is that, in addition to financial assistance, we’re also able to help plan and market events, as well as consult on curriculum and speaker selection based on decades of running summer seminars and a vast network of scholars around the world. In some cases, particularly for less intensive programs (lectures, debates, reading groups), we will make a one-time monetary award to the host institution. In others, especially for conferences and Socratic seminars, we will help to coordinate logistics, event marketing, and even send staff to help ensure events run smoothly on the ground.

Submit a Proposal

Eligibility is currently limited to full or part-time faculty of United States colleges and universities only. We are particularly interested in supporting topics related to regulation.

We accept and review proposals on a rolling basis. We currently invite proposals for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Submit a Proposal for the On-Campus Faculty Partnership

Questions? Please review our FAQs, or email us at OnCampusEd@TheIHS.org to speak to a program representative about your event.



Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?
Faculty members interested in introducing students to the classical liberal tradition and its various thinkers, texts, and arguments, to encourage campus conversations on timeless questions about society.


I have a topic in mind but don’t know who might be best to speak on it—can IHS help me in my search?
Absolutely! IHS is able to recommend speakers from our vast network of scholars. Submit a proposal to us and we’ll work with you to identify a speaker for your event.


Can student clubs, undergraduates, or graduate students apply?
Unfortunately, no. At this time, only faculty are eligible to apply.


I’m concerned about my schedule. What is the time commitment on my part?
Hosting successful events can be time consuming, but IHS is here to help. We are able to customize our involvement to meet your unique needs. In some cases, IHS plans conference logistics and sends staff members to help run the event on the ground; in others, we make monetary awards with planning responsibilities left to the hosting faculty member.


I have a few ideas for programming on my campus. Can I apply for more than one event?
Yes. You may submit a single proposal for all activities you are seeking support for in a given semester or academic year.


I am seeking funding to support my research, develop a new course, or publish a book. Can I apply through the On-Campus Faculty Partnership?
IHS is unable to fund through this project an activities not directly aimed at undergraduate education. Visit our landing pages for academics and graduate students for information about other resources we offer.



This project is made possible by the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation. To learn more about the Foundation, its mission, and its activities, please visit their website.