IHS Summer Seminars

Connecting tomorrow’s academics to classical liberal ideas today.

Summer Seminars bring together aspiring academics and esteemed faculty for rigorous academic discussions that examine the merits and challenges of a free society. Graduate students and advanced undergraduates explore the profound necessity of liberty through interdisciplinary panels, lectures, and discussions during the day and continue conversations with newfound friends and peers during evening socials.

This year, IHS will host two seminars at distinguished universities on the East Coast. During each seminar, you can expect to learn about new ideas and have your opinions challenged by other participants and faculty leaders. By participating in an IHS Summer Seminar, you will refine your research, hone your critical thinking skills, and gain access to a network of scholars who will support you throughout your academic career.


Dates and Locations

Civil Society in Uncivil Times: How Does Civil Society Impact Individual Freedom?
Davidson College, North Carolina | July 13-19, 2019

Justice or “Just Us?”: Can Liberty Further the Goals of Equality and Justice?
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. | July 31-August 4, 2019

Cost & Accommodations

IHS covers the costs of seminar tuition, housing, meals, and books. Participants are only responsible for travel costs. Once accepted, students can apply for a scholarship to offset the costs of travel to and from the seminar. Travel scholarships are limited and will become available to accepted students later this spring.

IHS provides on-campus housing for all student participants. Accommodations are based on same-gender double occupancy. All meals are served in the on-campus dining facility and can accommodate standard dietary needs.

Eligibility and Requirements

Summer Seminars are open to advanced undergraduate students, recent graduates, and graduate students with priority given to those studying in North America and the United Kingdom. Applicants are not required to be U.S. citizens, nor are they required to have studied in the U.S.

Ideal candidates are those seeking to increase their knowledge of classical liberal ideas such as free speech, economic freedom, and individual rights. Preference will be given to students who are interested in or actively pursuing an academic career.

If you have any questions regarding this year’s Summer Seminars, please email us at Seminars@TheIHS.org.


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