Hayek Fund for Scholars

Are you searching for new ways to present your ideas and collaborate with colleagues? Don’t let financial constraints hold you back.

At IHS, we believe that the principles of the classical liberal tradition – including individual liberty and responsibility, limited government, economic freedom, the rule of law, free speech, and open inquiry – are the foundation of a just and prosperous world. And we believe that for those ideas to take root, they must be taught, explored, and challenged in higher education.

The Hayek Fund for Scholars seeks to aide academics by providing funding opportunities to develop research projects and career opportunities in the social sciences and humanities disciplines.

Any graduate student or faculty at any institution participating in a social science or humanities field of study can apply to the Hayek Fund for Scholars to fund research and career-advancing activities. The ideal candidate is eager to pursue or continue a career in academia and contribute to the tradition of classical liberal scholarship. Although any scholar may apply, academics studying the hard sciences are generally not accepted into the program.

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  • Submission fees for unpublished manuscripts and academic journals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

Hayek Fund Application Process

The application process is open to all graduate students and faculty of any university, regardless of nationality. Applicants from the social sciences and humanities are preferred. IHS requests that your application is submitted online at least four weeks prior to the start of your activity to allow the review committee enough time to review applications and notify applicants. We do not award funding retroactively.

Your completed application must include the following:

  • Completed online application form (see below)
  • CV or resume
  • Proposed budget
  • 500-words or less essay describing your proposed project or activity, and how it will advance your career
  • 500-words or less essay explaining how the proposed project or activity will advance the discussion of classical liberal ideas
  • Optionally, additional documentation such as a relevant paper or dissertation to supplement 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.

Apply today for consideration

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 


Application Form