Research Grants

IHS Major Research Awards

IHS is pleased to offer faculty financial support for significant and groundbreaking research projects such as full-length book projects, edited volumes, contributions to academic journals, original field/archival/experimental research, and more.

IHS Discourse Initiative Research Support

IHS is soliciting proposals in support of its Discourse Initiative, a series of conversations—in-person and written—aimed at drawing scholarly attention back to the broad intellectual tradition of liberalism. As part of this initiative, IHS offers faculty grants of $5,000-$25,000 to support major research projects that hold significant promise of advancing a deeper understanding of ideas within the liberal tradition. Areas of interest include but are not limited to Liberalism and Its Critics, Key Challenges within a Free Society, Cultural Challenges within Liberal Society, Contentious Topics within the Liberal Tradition.

IHS Sabbatical Research Fellowship

The Institute for Humane Studies also offers faculty funding in the amount of $50,000 for semester-long sabbaticals for the study, research, and teaching of classical liberal ideas. Areas of interest include critiques of liberalism, free/open markets, individual rights, private property, peace, prosperity, self-determination/autonomy, decentralization, limited government, privacy, free speech, the cultural drivers and consequences of classical liberal ideas, and related themes. IHS welcomes applications for the Sabbatical Research Fellowship from permanent, full-time faculty at four-year degree granting institutions in the humanities and social sciences.

IHS Grant for Free Speech and Open Inquiry

The Institute for Humane Studies offers our grants to support faculty who are interested in fostering free speech and civil discourse in academia as they undertake research, plan campus events, or develop student curricula exploring the past, present, and future of free speech. Relevant subject areas include, but are not limited to, the history and theory of free speech, philosophical and legal defenses of free speech, and the importance of open inquiry and intellectual diversity in higher education. Awards range in size from $5,000 to $25,000.