IHS Sabbatical Research Fellowships

Program Overview

With generous support from the Thomas W. Smith Foundation, The Institute for Humane Studies is offering to fund four semester-long sabbaticals for the study, research, and teaching of classical liberal ideas.

Areas of interest include 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 traditionally works with academics in the fields of economics, political science, philosophy, history, and law. Scholars in other disciplines are welcome to apply. The awards (of $42,000 each) will be offered in the 2018-2020 academic years and sabbaticals must be taken during the prescribed time periods.

Awards are not limited to tenured faculty. Faculty at any stage of their career may apply.

Academics looking to complete book projects or articles as part of a tenure application or promotion dossier are especially encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will be expected to visit Arlington, Virginia to present current research to a select group of IHS staff.

Unsuccessful candidates still seeking funding are encouraged to apply to our other funding opportunities. Please contact: Funding@ihs.gmu.edu or visit our funding pages for more information.

Application and Review Details

There are three application deadlines as follows:

  • August 1, 2018
  • October 1, 2018
  • March 1, 2019

Successful applicants will be notified within 30 days of each deadline. Unsuccessful candidates will be added to the future pool of applicants and will be considered for each successive deadline. There is no need to reapply if initially unsuccessful. Sabbaticals can be held as follows:

  • 2018-19 academic year (Spring semester)
  • 2019-20 academic year (Spring/Fall semester)

Prior to the release of funds, successful applicants will be asked to provide verification from the Office of the Dean (or chief academic officer) that their leave, with appropriate release from teaching and administrative duties, has been granted.

Program Application