Frequently Asked Quesitons
Can I apply even if I haven’t participated in an IHS Academic program?
The Hayek Fund for Scholars is exclusively for graduate students and scholars who have already interacted with IHS. However, the IHS Conference & Research Grant is open to all graduate students new to IHS.
Are international students eligible for funding from the Hayek Fund?
Current PhD students and junior scholars are eligible for awards from the Hayek Fund for Scholars regardless of nationality.
Are students of any university eligible for the Hayek Fund for Scholars?
Yes. Students of any university may apply for this fund.
How long does it take the committee to make a decision?
While applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision within two weeks of submitting an application, you must submit your application at least four weeks before your fundable activity. Awards are only granted for future activities, and are not awarded retroactively.
I am attending an IHS conference. Does this qualify for a Hayek Fund award?
Typically, no. The Hayek Fund is not for attendance at a conference alone, so our programs typically do not qualify.
I presented a paper several weeks ago. May I apply for the Fund ex-post?
We do not give awards after an event. Remember, applications must be submitted at least four weeks before your fundable activity, otherwise it may not be reviewed in time. Awards are only granted for future activities.
Is there a deadline to apply for the Hayek Fund?
No. Applications are accepted year-round on a rolling basis. There is no deadline to apply, but applications must be submitted at least four weeks before the event. The majority of awards are made in the fall and spring.
What is required to apply to the Hayek Fund for Scholars?
All applications must be submitted through our online application. The application will ask for the following:
- A brief essay, no more than 500 words, describing how your proposed activity will advance your career
- A brief essay, no more than 500 words, describing how your proposed activity advances our understanding of the principles, practices, and institutions necessary for a free society or our understanding of the classical liberal or libertarian tradition
- An abstract or copy of the paper, if you intend to present at a conference
- An itemized list of expected expenses
- A curriculum vitae or resume
What is the classical liberal/libertarian tradition? Who is F. A. Hayek?
Learn about classical liberalism and the libertarian tradition by reading our webpage or by watching this video series.
F.A. Hayek was a Nobel Laureate in economics and author of books like The Road to Serfdom and The Constitution of Liberty. Hayek participated in several early IHS events where the organization brought together scholars interested in the ideas of liberty. We encourage you to read his books or his essay The Use of Knowledge in Society. You can also read more about Hayek’s life and work on Wikipedia.
What is the Hayek Fund for Scholars?
The Hayek Fund awards up to $750 to current PhD students and junior scholars for career-enhancing activities such as:
- Presentations at academic or professional conferences
- Travel to academic job interviews (on a campus or at professional/academic conferences)
- Travel to archives or libraries for research
- Participation in career-development or career-enhancing seminars
- Submission of unpublished manuscripts to journals or book publishers
What kind of project is typically awarded a grant from the Hayek Fund for Scholars?
Successful projects vary greatly, from a paper presentation at the American Political Science Association’s annual meeting to a job interview in New Zealand. All projects funded are seen to further an understanding of the classical liberal tradition.
Preference is given to applicants who are presenting at conferences or traveling to job interviews.
Who may apply for the Hayek Fund for Scholars?
Graduate students and junior scholars (including post-doctoral students) are eligible to apply for the Hayek Fund.
Are applications still accepted by mail, or email?
Applications are no longer accepted through the mail or email. Applicants must now register and apply using our online system.