Hayek Fund for Scholars

The Institute for Humane Studies is the leading institute in higher education dedicated to championing classical liberal ideas and the scholars who advance them.

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.

That’s why we have built the foremost network of scholars across the country who are leading the advancement of classical liberal principles.

Are you searching for new ways to present your ideas and collaborate with colleagues?

Don’t let financial constraints hold you back.

Awarded on a rolling basis, IHS’s Hayek Fund can offset or cover the cost of travel and conference fees for PhD students and non-tenured faculty including post-docs, visiting assistant professors, adjuncts, and tenure-track professors.

The Hayek Fund can help pay for activities including:

  • 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  • Submission of unpublished manuscripts to journals or book publishers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.

Apply for the IHS Hayek Fund today using the link below:

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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.

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

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).

Your completed application must include the following items:

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

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, non-tenured faculty including post-docs, visiting assistant professors, adjuncts, and tenure-track professors who have not yet secured tenure, 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 junior faculty who have an interest in the principles of a free society and need assistance covering conference and travel fees.

Are international students eligible for funding from the Hayek Fund?
Current PhD students and junior 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.