Roger Pilon Fellowship

The Institute for Humane Studies Roger Pilon Fellowship program awards up to two $10,000 fellowships to each of two qualified Columbia University School of General Studies students selected each year by IHS.

$5,000 will be awarded as a fellowship, and the remaining $5,000 will be awarded after attendance at one IHS event. (Winners will receive information about upcoming IHS events.)

Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are February 1-16, 2020.

We also encourage you to explore additional scholarships and grants from IHS.

More About the Roger Pilon Fellowship

Roger Pilon Fellowship

The Pilon Fellowships are generously supported by Roger Pilon, Ph.D., J.D. (GS, 1971), and are administered by the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS), whose mission is to advance a freer society by discovering and supporting talented students, scholars, and other intellectuals. The fellowships are intended for students planning careers that advance the ideas of the classical liberal tradition. Applications are made and winners announced in the spring for awards in the fall.

Am I eligible? 
The Roger Pilon Fellowship is open to full-time students who will be enrolled at Columbia University’s School of General Studies, beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year. The fellowships are intended for students who plan to pursue academic or legal careers in political philosophy, American history, economics, or libertarian public-interest law. Veterans of our armed forces will receive special consideration.

What do I need to complete the application? 

  • A completed online application form
  • CV or resume
  • Official transcript from Columbia University’s School of General Studies (prospective students may submit most recent transcript from a previous institution)
  • One letter of recommendation (sent from the recommender directly to the Institute for Humane Studies)
  • Biographical sketch (<500 words)
  • Short essays on the following:
  • List four books or thinkers that have influenced your worldview, and explain why. (<100 words each)
  • Explain how your career plans advance the ideas of the classical liberal/libertarian tradition. (<500 words)
  • Does the US Constitution protect personal and economic liberties alike? (<1,000 words)

Please direct any questions and letters of recommendation to