Research Colloquia

Call for Papers: Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Colloquium

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) is proud to announce this fall’s Research Colloquia for graduate students producing liberty-advancing research in the humanities and social sciences.

Continuing the IHS legacy of fostering the intellectual development of classical liberal academics, Graduate Research Colloquia allow graduate students to present their research in conference-style settings and solicit feedback and publication advice from highly-regarded scholars in their fields. Fall dates are below.

Fall 2018 Research Colloquia | Arlington, Virginia

Applications are now closed. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Comments from Previous Participants

“I met another graduate student who is in a similar line of research. We will definitely collaborate in the future!”

“The conference benefits graduate students in so many ways: meeting and exchanging views with other graduate students and faculty, getting advice and feedback, getting to present your own work, and deliberating the opinions of scholars that come from different fields. All in an extremely friendly environment!”

“I always get a wave of new ideas after [these types of] programs! It is completely invaluable to candidly bounce ideas around for a whole weekend.”

What to Expect

Participants will be expected to deliver a brief presentation on an original research topic. Proposals should address a subject of scholarly significance that draws upon the classical liberal tradition, explores the significance of human freedom, both past, and present, or furthers our understanding of the principles and characteristics of a free society.
Presentations should be no more than 30 minutes long, including Q&A.

The colloquium will feature topics in philosophy, economics, political science, history, and other related fields within the humanities and social sciences. Papers that use interdisciplinary and mixed methodological approaches are welcome, though this is not required.

Additional Details

  • To be eligible for consideration, participants must either be full-time PhD graduate students or MA students who are completing coursework toward an eventual PhD.
  • The application form will require your project title, a 500-word abstract, your CV, and a brief personal research statement describing the relationship of your research to the broader classical liberal tradition.
  • IHS provides accepted participants with all meals and shared hotel accommodations for the duration of the colloquium, based on dual-occupancy with another participant.
  • Accepted participants will be eligible for a travel stipend to cover airfare or ground transportation to and from the colloquium.
  • Each Research Colloquium will begin by 4:00 p.m. on Friday and will conclude Sunday morning.

For more information or questions or to apply, please contact Dr. Bill Glod at

Frequently Asked Questions:

What happens at an IHS Research Colloquium?

IHS research colloquia are filled with both student and faculty research presentations, compelling lectures, lively discussions, and time to connect with like-minded scholars. You will have the opportunity to receive feedback on your research project from distinguished faculty and get advice on your graduate studies during meals, breaks, and evening receptions.

Who are the colloquium faculty?

IHS assembles top-notch faculty from universities around the United States. These scholars are producing cutting-edge research in their respective fields and are eager to give feedback on graduate student research and provide suggestions for eventual publication.

Who attends the Research Colloquia?

Graduate students in the beginning and culminating phases of study attend the colloquia. Early-stage graduate students receive ideas, guidance, and inspiration for their research agenda and dissertation topics; late-stage students have the opportunity to present papers for publication or job talks, build a professional network, and strategize about next steps toward a career in academia.

Why does IHS offer colloquia? Who pays for them?

The Institute for Humane Studies sponsors the attendance of students at its research colloquia to encourage discussion and understanding of the principles of a free society. IHS is an independent, nonprofit, educational organization. Founded in 1961 by Dr. F.A. Harper to foster research and education about freedom, the Institute offers financial assistance, education, and career development to students who are interested in the study of liberty so that they can advance their research and careers in academia. These programs are funded through contributions to IHS from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

How do I apply to present a paper?

If you would like to be considered for a Research Colloquium, please submit a paper abstract, CV, and brief personal research statement to