Host a Guest Lecture

Interested in reaching a large student audience through an on-campus speaking event?

Support offered: financial, speaker research and recommendations, and marketing.

Funding guidance: support for single lectures ranges from $200 – $500, with events drawing larger audiences or “big name” speakers being considered for additional funding. Our support has completely funded some events and provided supplementary funds for others.

Content: accepted content spans the spectrum from theoretical to applied talks, encompassing many disciplines. We consider how closely proposed content aligns with IHS’s mission when making award decisions. Talks by academics or scholars at non-university research institutions are given priority over popular speakers. IHS does not fund partisan political lectures.

Examples of past lecture topics include:

  • Competing conceptions of justice in liberal thought
  • Tradeoffs between economic growth and environmental protection
  • Causes and consequences of the financial crisis
  • Economic and philosophical perspectives on immigration
  • Women’s rights in American history
  • Film and culture in economic development

Planning checklist:

  • Request support from IHS and send us your proposed budget and preferred speaker
  • Confirm speaker, date, and lecture title
  • Reserve a venue
  • Send event information to IHS
  • Promote event to students (IHS can provide a flyer and other marketing support)
  • Deliver opening remarks at the event, mentioning IHS and the Templeton Foundation
  • Administer IHS surveys at the event and mail completed surveys back to us
  • Submit post-event report with attendance numbers to IHS

You can also host multiple lectures with IHS and receive support for a speaker series!

Express interest in hosting a guest lecture or contact us with any questions at

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