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 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.

Awarded on a rolling basis, IHS’s Hayek Fund for Scholars can support academic research and career advancing activity for PhD students and faculty. The Hayek Fund can help pay for activities including, but 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
  • Submission of unpublished manuscripts to journals or book publishers
  • Participation in career-development or enhancing seminars
  • Collaborative research projects with a faculty member and aspiring academic
  • Purchase of data sets necessary for research
  • Hire a professor to review an article you are trying to publish
  • Hire a professor for job market support including application review, mock job interviews, etc.
  • Cover PhD program application fees

Additional Information: 

Impact on Previous Participants

Conference and Research Grant

"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.

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.

The Application Process

You must submit your application at least four weeks before your activity, so that we can review it and notify you in time (we do not award funding retroactively).

Your completed application must include the following items:

  • A completed online application form
  • Your CV or resume
  • An itemized list of expenses
  • A summary of your project, 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, explaining how your project advances the discussion of classical liberalism

If you are 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, explaining the three most significant historical developments of the last 500 years relating to liberty.

Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision within two weeks of submission, and awards will be disbursed after the awardee presents original receipts.

Frequently Asked Quesitons

Who may apply for the Hayek Fund for Scholars?
Graduate students and faculty are eligible to apply for the Hayek Fund.

Can I apply even if I haven’t participated in an IHS academic program?
Yes, the Hayek Fund for Scholars is for graduate students and faculty who have an interest in the principles of a free society and need assistance covering costs associated with research and career advancement.

Are international students eligible for funding from the Hayek Fund?
Graduate students and faculty of any university are eligible for awards from the Hayek Fund, regardless of nationality.

Is there a deadline to apply for the Hayek Fund?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. You must submit your application online at least four weeks before your activity, so that we can review it and notify you in time (we do not award funding retroactively).

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.

I presented a paper several weeks ago. May I apply for the Fund ex-post?
No. We do not give awards after an event. Applications must be submitted at least four weeks before your fundable activity.

Are applications still accepted by mail, or email?
Applications are no longer accepted through the mail or email. Applicants must now apply through our online system.