Funding Programs for Current and Aspiring Faculty

Establish your work. Inspire others. Shape the future of ideas.

Spend less time worrying about finances and more time focusing on your research and career.

Your work has profound implications for the direction of our society. As an established or future professor, you can look to IHS for academic funding and resources through every stage of your career.


Funding for Every Academic Level

These funding opportunities are available for all academic career levels from graduate students to tenured faculty members.

Graduate Students Collaborating

Hayek Fund

Advance your research within your discipline. Receive a grant to cover PhD application fees, research assistants, travel costs, conference fees, and other career-related expenses.


Funding for Graduate Students

This level of funding is open to graduate students aspiring to become faculty members. Qualifying applicants will not have accepted a faculty position.

Humane Studies Fellowship

Humane Studies Fellowship

Stand out in a competitive market. PhD students can receive up to $15,000 in support and gain access to IHS’s vast academic network and comprehensive suite of career advancing programming.


Funding for Every Faculty Level

These opportunities are open to faculty members currently employed by a university or college.

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Grant for Free Speech & Open Inquiry

Faculty can receive $5,000 – $25,000 to support research, teaching, or student programs on topics related to free speech and open inquiry.

Research Sabbatical

Sabbatical Research Fellowship

IHS offers funding for semester-long sabbaticals to faculty looking to conduct research on classical liberal ideas. Sabbatical Research Fellowships are offered at two levels, $85,000 and $50,000. Awards are not limited to tenured faculty. Faculty at any stage of their career may apply.


Campus Event Support

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We provide financial and logistical support for faculty looking to host extracurricular events exploring the ideas of a free and open society.