Graduate Research Workshop

Graduate Research Workshop

Graduate Research Workshops

Graduate Research Workshops are designed for graduate students that are currently pursuing a PhD or enrolled in a PhD program and actively preparing their research for publication and presentation. During these weekend-long programs, participants will have the opportunity to present their research and receive feedback from peers and esteemed faculty mentors from a range of academic disciplines.

Faculty mentors will share insights and best practices for increasing each student’s likelihood of publication and students will have a chance to continue conversations with both mentors and peers over meals and receptions. In addition to honing research and presentation skills, these workshops also provides a chance for graduate students to network with one another and learn more about research being done by other aspiring academics.

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) will host two Graduate Research Workshops this fall in Arlington, VA. Students can apply to one or either of the below programs.

Graduate Research Workshop | October 11–13, 2019 
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Kathleen Sheehan (economics), Dr. Gary Uzonyi (political science), and Dr. Brian Kogelmann (philosophy)

Graduate Research Workshop | November 1–3, 2019 
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Claudia Williamson (economics), Dr. Rick Bell (history), and Dr. Randy T. Simmons (political science)

Applications close September 17, 2019.

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The program is free to attend. IHS provides all materials, accommodations, and meals throughout the duration of the workshop. IHS also offers a generous travel stipend and $100 honorarium to help students attend the workshop.

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What to Expect

Participants will 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, or furthers our understanding of the principles and characteristics of a free society. Participants will be assigned a 30-minute timeslot comprised of 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for feedback/questions from faculty and peers. The workshop 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 a project title, an abstract, CV, and a brief personal research statement describing the relationship of the research to the broader classical liberal tradition.
  • IHS provides accepted participants with all meals and shared housing accommodations for the duration of the workshop, based on dual-occupancy with another participant of the same gender.
  • Accepted participants will be eligible for a travel stipend to cover airfare or ground transportation to and from the workshop.

IHS graduate seminars and workshops provide unique opportunities for students to explore classical liberal ideas at an advanced level, learn about the possibilities of an academic career, and present their research.

Most importantly, students will have a chance to meet scholars and peers who share their passion for ideas.

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