Roger Pilon Fellowship

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

We will be accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year between October 3 and November 10, 2017, and we will announce awards for the 2017-2018 academic year on November 17, 2017.

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

More About the Roger Pilon Fellowship

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The Pilon Fellowship is generously supported by Roger Pilon, Ph.D., J.D. (GS, 1971) and is administered by the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS), whose mission is to advance a freer society by discovering and facilitating the development of talented students, scholars, and other intellectuals.  The fellowship is awarded in the fall for rest of the current academic year to students intending careers to advance the ideas of the classical liberal/libertarian tradition.

The Roger Pilon Fellowship can be used for tuition, fees, housing costs, and other expenses associated with the pursuit of a degree at Columbia University’s School of General Studies. Recipients and all other applicants may also be eligible for other awards and programs of the Institute for Humane Studies. 

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 2016-2017 academic year. Preference will be given to students who plan to pursue academic or legal careers, especially in political philosophy, law, history, and economics. 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)
  • Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year will be accepted between October 3, 2016 and November 11, 2016.

Please direct any questions to funding@theihs.org.