IHS Conference & Research Grant

The IHS Conference & Research Grant awards up to $750 to cover travel and fees to present papers at conferences or other career-related expenses for current Ph.D. students advancing the principles of personal liberty and economic freedom through an academic career.

The Grant 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  •   Submission of unpublished manuscripts to journals or book publishers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, Conference & Research Grants 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.

If you have previously participated in an IHS academic program or discussed your academic career with a member of IHS staff, please apply through the Hayek Fund for Scholars

Previous Conference & Research Grant Winners

IHS Conference & Research Grants have supported scholars across a range of disciplines and activities:

Conor Williams
Georgetown University, Government, Ph.D. 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, Ph.D. 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, Ph.D. 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, Ph.D. 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, Ph.D. 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, Ph.D. 2004

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

Joyce Ehrlinger
Cornell University, Social Psychology, Ph.D. 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, Ph.D. 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 Research & Conference 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 Questions

Are international students eligible for funding from the IHS Conference & Research Grant?

PhD students currently enrolled in graduate school are eligible for awards from the IHS Conference & Research Grant regardless of their nationality.

Are students of any university eligible for the IHS Conference & Research Grant?

Yes. Students of any university may apply for this fund.

How long does it take the committee to make a decision?

Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision within four weeks of submitting an application. Note: you must submit your application at least four weeks in advance of your fundable activity. Awards are only granted for anticipated future activities, and cannot be awarded retroactively.

Can I apply even if I have participated in other IHS academic programs?

If you have already participated in one of our academic programs or discussed your academic career with staff, you should apply through the Hayek Fund for Scholars. If you do not see the correct application, please contact us. 

I am attending an IHS summer seminar. Does this qualify for an IHS Conference & Research Grant?

Typically, no. The IHS Conference & Research Grant is not for attendance at a conference alone, so our summer seminars typically do not qualify.

I presented a paper several weeks ago. May I apply for the Grant ex-post?

We do not give awards after an event. Remember, applications must be submitted at least four weeks in advance of your fundable activity, otherwise it may not be reviewed in time. Awards are only granted for anticipated future activities.

Is there a deadline to apply for the Grant?

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 kind of project is typically awarded a grant from the IHS Conference & Research Grant?

Successful projects vary greatly, from a paper presentation at the American Political Science Association’s annual meeting to a job interview in New Zealand. To be certain, however, all projects funded are seen to further an understanding of the classical liberal tradition.

Who may apply for the IHS Conference & Research Grant?

Current graduate students are eligible to apply

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.