Hayek Fund for Scholars

The Hayek Fund awards up to $750 to cover travel and fees to present papers at conferences or other career-related expenses for IHS alum PhD students and junior faculty, both tenure track and non-tenure track.

The Fund is awarded on a rolling basis and can be used to cover travel, conference fees, and other career-related expenses. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

  •   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 enhancing seminars
  •   Submission of unpublished manuscripts to journals or book publishers

Please note, Hayek Fund awards cannot be used solely for conference attendance. Funding will only be considered for individuals presenting a paper or interviewing for a job at a conference.

The Hayek Fund is an exclusive award for graduate students and junior faculty who are alumni of IHS programs and events.

(New to IHS? Check out the IHS Conference & Research Grant!)

Impact on Previous Participants

"Receiving awards from the Hayek Fund has enabled me to present papers at some of the most significant conferences in philosophy. As a direct result I have been asked to write both a critical notice and a book review. I have also been asked to submit two of my presented papers as articles. Finally, through revising my work after its exposure to the critical scrutiny of senior scholars in my field, I have had a paper accepted as a Colloquium Paper at the American Philosophical Association's meeting."

- James Stacey Taylor,
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
The College of New Jersey

Previous Hayek Fund recipients and their research:

The IHS Hayek Fund for Scholars has supported scholars across a range of disciplines and activities advancing the principles of personal liberty and economic freedom. Here are a few of the many examples:

Conor Williams
Georgetown University, Government, PhD 2011

Awarded for: Presenting his paper, Adam Bernard Mandeville’s Defense of Imperfection & Human Flourishing, at the 2010 Midwest Political Science Association meeting.

Claudia Williamson
West Virginia University, Economics, PhD 2008

Awarded for: Presenting her paper, Will it Go Round in Circles: Hayek on Foreign Aid Practices, at the 2010 Association of Private Enterprise Education meeting.

Brian Smith
Georgetown University, Political Theory, PhD 2008

Awarded for: Presenting his paper, Adam Smith, the Concept of Leisure, and the Division of Labor, at the 2006 Midwest Political Science Association meeting.

Isik Ozel
University of Washington, Political Science, PhD 2006

Awarded for: Presenting his paper, State-Business Alliances in Market Openings: Mexico and Turkey, 1980-2000 at the Seventh Mediterranean Social and Political Research Meeting in 2006.

Irina A. Telyukova
University of Pennsylvania, Economics, PhD 2006

Awarded for: Presenting dissertation research on the Household Need for Liquidity and the Credit Card Debt Puzzle at the 2005 Canadian Economic Association meeting.

Tony Fang
University of Toronto, Labour Economics/Social Policy, PhD 2004

Awarded for: Job interviews at the American Economics Association 2003 meeting.

Joyce Ehrlinger
Cornell University, Social Psychology, PhD 2004

Awarded for: Poster Presentation on Explaining the failure to anticipate unanticipated consequences: Do we anchor too much upon intentions? at the 2004 Society for Personality and Social Psychology meeting.

Jules Gehrke
University of Minnesota, History, PhD 2006

Awarded for: Dissertation research at New York City’s Public Library and Columbia’s Butler Library archives.

The Application Process

Applications for the IHS Hayek Fund Grant are accepted on a rolling basis, and must be submitted online at least 4 weeks before your activity. Applications should be submitted through your existing IHS account. You may save your application and return later to submit it. (Note: If you are new to IHS, please apply for the IHS Conference & Research Grant.)

Your completed Hayek Fund application must include the following items:

  • A completed online application form
  • Your CV or resume
  • An itemized list of expenses

For those seeking the scholarship for career development you will also need:

  • A summary of your presentation, such as an abstract or copy of the paper you intend to present at a conference, a description of arranged interviews, or a description of your planned research (e.g., a dissertation proposal)
  • 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

Applications for the IHS Hayek Fund are accepted year-round on a rolling basis.

Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision within four weeks of submission. You must submit your application at least four weeks before your fundable activity, or it may not be reviewed in time for the fundable activity. Awards are only granted for  future activities, and are not awarded retroactively. Awards are disbursed after the awardee presents original receipts.

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.