Hayek Fund for Scholars

Don’t let a lack of funding get in the way of your academic career!

The Hayek Fund for Scholars is designed to support students and faculty interested in advancing the ideas of liberty within the social sciences and humanities disciplines by funding a wide range of research and career advancing activities. From paying for PhD application fees and conference presentation travel to covering the purchase of crucial data sets, this unique fund covers an extensive array of both research and teaching related expenses.

All scholars presently engaged in either research or teaching within the social sciences or humanities at an accredited college or university can apply for funding. The ideal candidate is eager to pursue or continue a career in academia and contribute to the classical liberal tradition through their scholarship.

Awarded on a rolling basis, the Hayek Fund for Scholars can help pay for activities including, but not limited to:

  • Travel for paper presentations or job interviews at academic conferences
  • Submission fees for unpublished manuscripts and academic journals
  • Travel for archival research
  • Purchase of data sets
  • Participation in seminars, mock job interviews, and peer reviews
  • Collaborative research projects or hiring a research assistant
  • Facilitation of thought-provoking reading groups and book clubs with students
  • Reimbursement of application fees for PhD programs

Scholars are welcome to submit applications for other costs not mentioned here.

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Hayek Fund Application Process

The application process is open to any student or faculty member at any accredited college or university, regardless of nationality. However, applicants from the social sciences and humanities will be given preference and applicants working within the hard sciences are generally not accepted. IHS requests that you submit your application online at least four weeks prior to the start of your activity to allow the review committee enough time to consider your application and notify you accordingly. Please be aware that we do not award funding retroactively.

Your completed application must include the following:

  • Completed online application form (see below)
  • CV or resume
  • Proposed budget
  • Essay of 300 words or less describing your proposed project or activity and how it will advance your career
  • Essay of 300 words or less explaining how the proposed project or activity will advance the discussion or study of classical liberal ideas
  • Additional documentation, such as a relevant paper or dissertation to supplement the application, are not required but can be included in the application

Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision within two weeks of submission. Awards will be distributed after the recipient presents appropriate documentation for their project.

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The IHS Impact

The Hayek Fund for Scholars has supported academics across a wide range of disciplines pertaining to classical liberalism. Recent recipients and projects include:

James Manning Strickland, University of Michigan, PhD candidate 
Awarded in 2018 for attending American Political Science Association for interviewing purposes.


Brandon Rudolph Davis, Brown University, PhD
Awarded in 2017 for a presentation at Midwest Political Science Association.


Kelly E. Martin, Tulane University, PhD candidate
Awarded in 2017 for the presentation of dissertation chapter “On the Problematic Love of Truth in Hume” at the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division.


The Hayek Fund is a very crucial and easily accessible resource for graduate students who intend to go to conferences and archives. 

Sarath Pillai, Yale Law School, MSL, 2018


[Hayek Fund] assisted me with travel to AEA meetings for academic job interviews. As a direct result, I now have several fly-outs and undoubtedly a bright future ahead.

Brandon Brice, Florida State University, PhD candidate

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