IHS PhD Application Fee Waiver

Applying to graduate school? Allow us to cover up to $300 in application fees!

The IHS PhD Application Fee Waiver awards up to $300 in application fee reimbursement to support you in your academic pursuits. With fewer application costs, you can apply to more programs and increase your chances of being accepted and funded in a graduate program.


The IHS Application Fee Waiver is available to undergraduates and recent graduates applying for full-time doctorate programs starting in the 2017-18 academic year. Here are a few additional requirements:

  • It’s essential that as an applicant, you show a demonstrated interest in focusing your studies on individual liberties and economic freedom.
  • All programs you are applying to should be in the humanities and social sciences.
  • All programs that you are applying to must be in the U.S. to be eligible for the application reimbursement.
  • The PhD Application Fee Waiver does not currently apply to business or law school program applications.


How it works

  1. Complete the PhD Application Fee Waiver application, including a list of the schools you intend to apply to.
  2. You will be notified of your status within three weeks, indicating whether you have been chosen for an IHS Application Fee Waiver award, and if so, the amount that you will be receiving.
  3. Within 60 days of submitting your graduate school applications, send us proof that you have applied, as well as receipts for all application fees, in order to receive reimbursement.

Please note: At this time only individuals applying to PhD programs in the US are eligible for IHS Application Fee Waiver.



We also encourage you to sign up below for important updates on this and other funding opportunities from IHS for graduate students. 


IHS PhD Scholarship

Card Institute for Humane Studies graduate school research

Once you've completed your applications and selected a PhD program, you may be looking for funding and support as you prepare for the next step of your academic journey.

That's why IHS created the PhD Scholarship, which awards $1,500 to entering and currently enrolled graduate students in doctoral programs.

We will begin accepting applications in the fall, and graduate students enrolled in PhD programs during the 2017-2018 academic year are welcome to apply.