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IHS offers many opportunities intended to support and inspire students and faculty, including seminars, scholarships, online videos and programming, and career resources.

Faculty, Organizations

Find Scholars

Institute for Humane Studies
Arlington, VA

Through the Find Scholars program, IHS seeks to connect liberty advancing organizations with rising and prominent academics working on similar research topics.

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Grad Students, Faculty

Hayek Fund for Scholars

Institute for Humane Studies

The Hayek Fund awards up to $750 to cover travel and fees to present papers at conferences or other career-related expenses for IHS alum Ph.D. students and junior, non-tenure track scholars.

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Grad Students, Faculty

How Networking Can Get You A Job In Academia

Institute for Humane Studies
Online

So you want to land an academic job? It might seem unimportant, but networking is the key to making the impressions necessary to get that dream professorship.

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Grad Students, Faculty

Conference Advice: How to Organize a Panel

Institute for Humane Studies

If you embark on an academic career, chances are high that at some point you will be expected to organize and participate in an academic conference panel. This article is intended to help you navigate that process.

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Grad Students, Faculty

Networking Advice: The Academic Elevator Pitch

Institute for Humane Studies

“So, what do you work on?” “Tell me about your research.” “What do you study?” If you’re interested in the life of the mind, you’re going to hear these. A lot. It’s essential to make sure you have a quick answer, preferably one that invites your interlocutor to inquire further about what you’re doing.

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Grad Students, Faculty

Publishing Advice: Bad Titles Hurt Good Papers

Institute for Humane Studies

The first step is a title that catches the eye and conveys the thesis of your work in one snappy formulation. But that’s just the first step in attracting a potential reader. You also need a good abstract. You should replicate in abstract the same thematic words in your title.

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Grad Students, Faculty

Publishing Advice: Find the Right Journal for Your Paper

Institute for Humane Studies

Finding the right academic journal for your article can make the difference between fame and obscurity. Or at the very least, it can make a difference in signaling the quality of your work.

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Grad Students, Faculty

Publishing Advice: Mainstream or Classical Liberal Journal?

Institute for Humane Studies

You will need to be published in mainstream journals within your discipline if your goal is a tenure-track professorship, and your dissertation chapters can lend themselves to mainstream outlets.

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Grad Students, Faculty

Publishing Advice: So They Rejected Your Paper. . .

Institute for Humane Studies

Even the best scholars get rejections; they just don’t have to list them on their CVs. What to do now that all that effort suddenly feels like a waste?

The good news: it’s probably not a waste at all.

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Grad Students, Faculty

Publishing Advice: What to Do with Your Rejected Paper

Institute for Humane Studies

For every article you submit, it’s always a good idea to have a prioritized list of journals you want to submit it to. If your optimal preference rejects your article, in many cases it makes sense simply to turn around and send the article to the next journal on your list.

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Undergraduates, Faculty

Research Advice: Independent Undergraduate Research

Institute for Humane Studies

What follows are three tips for helping students advance on their independent research projects. In particular, these points are geared towards students who are interested in conducting independent research but are not advanced in their studies.

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Grad Students, Faculty

Teaching Advice: How to Deal With Grade Grubbers

Institute for Humane Studies

The student who underperforms his or her own expectations on an assignment then embarks on an extended grade-raising quest that usually consists of exploring the extraordinary lengths to which a student can go to pester an instructor over the most trivial matters imaginable.
So how do you manage grade grubbers in the classroom? A few tips:

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Faculty

Teaching Advice: Running a Speaker Series

Institute for Humane Studies

Speaker series help build a mental bridge between students and a potential career in the world of ideas, while providing fresh ideas for campus discussion.

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Grad Students

Humane Studies Fellowship

Institute for Humane Studies

The Humane Studies Fellowship is a renewable, non-residency fellowship program for IHS alumni that awards up to $15,000 per year to help graduate students succeed in their Ph.D. program.

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Faculty

On Campus Faculty Partnership

Institute for Humane Studies

Spark discussion on your campus about the complex problems facing our society by hosting an event with IHS funding and logistical support.

IHS Only
Undergraduates

Roger Pilon Fellowship

Institute for Humane Studies

The Institute for Humane Studies Roger Pilon Fellowship program awards $10,000 to each of two qualified Columbia University School of General Studies students selected each year by IHS.

IHS Only
Grad Students

Summer Graduate Research Fellowships

Institute for Humane Studies

The Summer Graduate Research Fellowship is an invite-only program that includes a $5,000 stipend plus a travel and housing allowance to attend the two conferences.

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Grad Students, Undergraduates

Career Development Seminars

Institute for Humane Studies

The Institute for Humane Studies hosts Career Development Seminars designed to help graduate students think strategically about how to land a job in academia, gain tenure, and contribute to the academic and intellectual conversation.

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Grad Students, Faculty

Current Research Workshops

Institute for Humane Studies

Current Research Workshops bring a late-stage graduate student, postdoc, or junior faculty member before an online panel of two distinguished scholars for a two-hour long video-based workshop based on paper feedback the commentators provide in advance.

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Grad Students, Undergraduates

Research Colloquia

Institute for Humane Studies

Continuing the IHS legacy of fostering young intellectual thinking in classical liberal academics, IHS Research Colloquia allow graduate students to present their research in a conference-style setting to top scholars in their field. The colloquia present a unique opportunity to receive constructive feedback on your papers with an emphasis toward publication readiness.

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Grad Students, Undergraduates

IHS Summer Seminars

Institute for Humane Studies

IHS Summer Seminars will engage your mind and inspire you like no other college experience. Sessions will cover history, economics, philosophy and other disciplines from a libertarian perspective, offering new insights and inspiration for tackling the many issues facing our society. You’ll debate and discuss ideas with enthusiastic faculty and peers throughout the day and late into the night.

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Grad Students, Undergraduates

Advanced Topics in Liberty

Institute for Humane Studies

The Advanced Topics in Liberty program is an invitation-only, discussion-based weekend conference series. These conferences feature in-depth, Socratic-style discussion about the ideas, questions, and challenges raised by a set of readings with a discussion leader and fifteen participants from various backgrounds.

IHS Only
Faculty

On Campus Faculty Partnership

Institute for Humane Studies

Spark discussion on your campus about the complex problems facing our society by hosting an event with IHS funding and logistical support.

  
IHS Only
Grad Students, Undergraduates

Weekend Exploring Liberty Seminar: The College of Charleston

Institute for Humane Studies
Charleston, SC

September 18-19, 2015

This Weekend Exploring Liberty examines the historical, economic, and philosophical foundations of a free society and how these principles apply to contemporary issues.

IHS Only
Grad Students, Undergraduates

Weekend Exploring Liberty Seminar: Duquesne University

Institute for Humane Studies
Pittsburgh, PA

October 2-3, 2015

This Weekend Exploring Liberty examines the historical, economic, and philosophical foundations of a free society and how these principles apply to contemporary issues.

IHS Only
Grad Students, Undergraduates

Liberty and Schooling Seminar: Samford University

Institute for Humane Studies
Birmingham, AL

October 2-3, 2015

This Liberty and Schooling examines the historical, economic, and philosophical foundations of a free society and how these principles apply to contemporary issues.

IHS Only
Grad Students, Undergraduates

Weekend Exploring Liberty Seminar: University of Central Arkansas

Institute for Humane Studies
Conway, AR

October 2-3, 2015

This Weekend Exploring Liberty examines the historical, economic, and philosophical foundations of a free society and how these principles apply to contemporary issues.

IHS Only
Grad Students, Undergraduates

Weekend Exploring Liberty Seminar: Creighton University

Institute for Humane Studies
Omaha, NE

November 7, 2015

This Weekend Exploring Liberty examines the historical, economic, and philosophical foundations of a free society and how these principles apply to contemporary issues.

IHS Only
Grad Students, Undergraduates

Weekend Exploring Liberty Seminar: George Mason University

Institute for Humane Studies
Fairfax, VA

November 13 -14, 2015

This Weekend Exploring Liberty examines the historical, economic, and philosophical foundations of a free society and how these principles apply to contemporary issues.

IHS Only
Grad Students, Undergraduates, Faculty, Established Professionals

Internship and Job Opportunities

Institute for Humane Studies

Take advantage of career opportunities across liberty-advancing organizations with Learn Liberty Opportunities!

Find internships, full time positions, as well as events near you hosted by a variety of organizations.

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Undergraduates

PhD Application Fee Waiver

Institute for Humane Studies

The IHS PhD Application Fee Waiver awards up to $300 to help you increase your chances of being accepted and funded in a graduate program by reducing application costs so you can afford to apply to more programs.

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Grad Students

Conference & Research Grant

Institute for Humane Studies

The IHS Conference & Research Grant awards up to $750 to cover travel and fees to present papers at conferences or other career-related expenses for current Ph.D. students.

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Undergraduates

Applying to Graduate School: Interactive Playlist

Institute for Humane Studies

With this series of short videos, we will prepare you for the grad school application process, provide guidance about choosing the right program for you, and tackle the right and wrong reasons to pursue grad school.

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Grad Students, Faculty, Established Professionals

Program Manager or Director, Find Scholars

Institute for Humane Studies
Arlington, VA

The Institute for Humane Studies seeks a Program Manager to join the Find Scholars team, as we work to help bridge the gap between academic research and public policy solutions. This role provides a motivated, experienced, and upcoming organizational leader the opportunity to build relationships with key policy partners and increase the impact that academic research can have in improving public policy.

IHS Only
Grad Students, Faculty, Established Professionals

On-Campus Programs Assistant (Faculty Programs)

Institute for Humane Studies
Arlington, VA

Help connect thousands of college students to the ideas of liberty!

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) seeks an assistant to join the On Campus Education team. This role will play an integral part in developing and executing the ambitious growth that IHS is pursuing with its On Campus Faculty Partnership program. The selected candidate will be responsible for maintaining relationships with IHS faculty partners and for administering support for campus events.

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Grad Students, Undergraduates

IHS PhD Scholarship

Institute for Humane Studies

The IHS PhD Scholarship awards $1,500 to entering and currently enrolled graduate students in doctoral programs.

IHS Only
Grad Students, Undergraduates, Established Professionals

Academic Networks Intern

Institute for Humane Studies
Arlington, VA

This fall, work with some of our most important graduate student programs as an Academic Networks intern. Work with programs such as the Hayek Fund for Scholars, Humane Studies Fellowship, and PhD Scholarship, while assisting with data quality and improving our correspondence for each of these programs.

IHS Only
Grad Students, Undergraduates, Established Professionals

Find Scholars Intern

Institute for Humane Studies
Arlington, VA

The IHS Find Scholars team seeks a full-time (40 hours/week) intern to assist from September-December 2015. Applicants should be organized and self-motivated, as well as have a passion for and understanding of classical liberal ideas.

IHS Only
Undergraduates, Established Professionals

Development (Fundraising) Intern

Institute for Humane Studies
Arlington, VA

Join our fundraising team with an internship this fall! Get an introduction to nonprofit fundraising and real-world experience by assisting the IHS and Mercatus fundraising teams with day-to-day operations.

IHS Only
Undergraduates, Established Professionals

Events Management Intern

Institute for Humane Studies
Arlington, VA

Intern with IHS this fall as an Events Management Intern. Gain valuable experience working with a committed team that demands excellence, and play a key role in helping us manage general day-to-day operations for our events.

IHS Only
Undergraduates, Established Professionals

On-Campus Education Intern

Institute for Humane Studies
Arlington, VA

Join the On-Campus team at IHS by interning this fall! Assist in the preparation and execution of IHS’s suite of on-campus programs, including summer seminars, faculty partnerships, and student organization conferences.

IHS Only
Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Grad Students, Faculty, History

Call for Papers: Association of Private Enterprise Education

Association of Private Enterprise Education
Las Vegas, NV

The Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE) invites the submission of papers for its 41st International Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 3-5, 2016.

Economics, Undergraduates

The Economic Way of Thinking

Learn Liberty

On-Demand Program

This learning path explains 13 fundamental principles in economic thinking and how to apply those insights to understand human behavior, markets, and public policy. You will also learn how markets and prices coordinate human action toward beneficial outcomes.

Political Science, Undergraduates

Capitalism vs. Socialism

Learn Liberty

On-Demand Program

You hear the words “Socialism” and “Capitalism” thrown around a lot, but what do they really mean? And what are the pros and cons of each system? In this special Learn Liberty Academy program, we take an honest look at these concepts and explore the practical and philosophical issues behind them.

Economics, Political Science, Undergraduates

Spontaneous Order and Social Capital

Learn Liberty

On-Demand Program

Take a trip to the Big Easy with Prof. Dan D’Amico as you explore the beauty of voluntary social cooperation in this On Demand program.

Economics, Undergraduates, Other

Protecting the Environment

Learn Liberty

On-Demand Program

Can we better serve endangered species with a free market approach to preservation? How can we use entrepreneurship, common law, and economics to save the planet? Explore these important questions in this On Demand program, and discover how we can become good stewards of our planet.

Philosophy, Undergraduates

The Philosophy of Liberty

Learn Liberty

On-Demand Program

Join Professor Aeon Skoble to learn about the philosophical debate on the definition of “rights” and where they come from. Then, explore the challenging terrain of other fundamental concepts in the language of morality – “liberty” and “equality”.

Political Science, Undergraduates

What is “Libertarian”?

Learn Liberty

On-Demand Program

Join Dr. Nigel Ashford in eight engaging videos as he explains the origins, basic tenets and philosophies of classical liberalism – like the Austrian School, the Chicago School, Public Choice, Natural Rights, Anarcho-Capitalism and more.

Economics, Undergraduates, History

The Road to Sound Money

Learn Liberty

On-Demand Program

Join economics professors Alex Salter and Will Luther as they take you on a journey into the fascinating world of money. They will explain how monetary policy affects our economic system.

Economics, Philosophy, Undergraduates

Does Inequality Matter?

Learn Liberty

On-Demand Program

If you want to get the full picture of the topic of income equality check out this new Learn Liberty On Demand program. We’ve pulled together a list of mind-blowing videos, featuring professors like Sean Mulholland, Steve Horwitz and others who explore the subject from many perspectives.

Economics, Political Science, Undergraduates

The Dangers of Politics

Learn Liberty

On-Demand Program

Learn about the forces that make our political system tick by joining economist Diana Thomas from Creighton University for an introduction to Public Choice, the study of political behavior and motivations.

Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Grad Students, Undergraduates, Faculty, Other, History

Learn Liberty Videos

Learn Liberty

Big Questions. Short Videos.

Hundreds of videos on topics from philosophy to economics to pop culture.

Economics, Political Science, Undergraduates

Getting Politics Out of Education

Learn Liberty

Learn Liberty On-Demand

Join economist Diana Thomas from Heider College of Business at Creighton University to learn more about why education reform is so difficult.