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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.

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.

Apply now!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Apply now!

Faculty, Other

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.

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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.

Grad Students

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.

Grad Students

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.

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.

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.

Grad Students, 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.

Apply now!

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.

Apply now!

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.

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.

Apply now!

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.

Undergraduates, Faculty

Publishing Advice: Journals for Undergrad Submissions

Institute for Humane Studies

Are you an undergraduate looking to publish a paper? Or do you teach an undergraduate who wrote a stellar paper you think is worthy of publishing? Here is a list of undergraduate journals that accept submissions in a wide variety of disciplines…

Undergraduates

Applying to Grad School: Plan Your Studies Carefully

Institute for Humane Studies

In a sense, your preparation for graduate school applications begins at the very beginning of your college career, as you select courses and…

Grad Students, Faculty

Funding Advice: Tips and Pitfalls for Research Funding

Institute for Humane Studies

While the quest for research funding is highly competitive, here are a few tips you should consider to help your name stand out from the pack and, hopefully, maximize the return.

Think of funding in academia as a specific investment in your research…

Grad Students, Faculty

Funding Advice: The Art of Writing Proposals

Institute for Humane Studies

A proposal’s overt function is to persuade a committee of scholars that the project shines with the three kinds of merit all disciplines value, namely, conceptual innovation, methodological rigor, and rich, substantive content…

Grad Students, Faculty

Funding Advice: Etiquette for Emailing Scholarship Programs

Institute for Humane Studies

Here are some general guidelines to follow when emailing a scholarship program…

Grad Students, Faculty

Video: Entrepreneurial Ways to Secure Research Funding

Institute for Humane Studies

Professor Art Carden of Samford University shares from his experience in applying for, and being awarded research funding and offers advice on how to be enterprising and creative when looking for funding.

Grad Students, Undergraduates

IHS Mentoring Program

Institute for Humane Studies

At IHS we believe in the importance of mentoring, so we offer our alumni the opportunity to receive one-on-one advice from a scholar in the IHS network.

Grad Students, Faculty

Policy Research Seminars

Institute for Humane Studies

A mixture of advanced graduate students, senior faculty members, and policy experts, engaging in scholarly discussions to facilitate scholarly connections and generate new ideas for research.

Grad Students, Undergraduates, Established Professionals, Organizations

Careers at IHS

Institute for Humane Studies

At IHS, we are dedicated to connecting and inspiring students and professors committed to the power of freedom and of ideas. Help us advance the principles and practice of freedom, and build a meaningful career advancing liberty through a position at IHS.

Click Learn More to see our current openings.

Undergraduates, Established Professionals

Learn Liberty Job Board

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.

Grad Students, Faculty

Video: Guide to Academic Publishing with Mike Munger

Institute for Humane Studies
Online

Join Dr. Michael Munger of Duke University as he offers tips and advice for navigating the world of academic publishing in our 11-part video series.

He’ll discuss topics like going from research paper or conference presentation to journal-worthy article as well as how to approach publications in the first place for optimal success and more.

Undergraduates

Free Speech on Campus

Institute for Humane Studies

From UC Berkeley students organizing during the civil rights movement and Vietnam War protests to modern day movements around LGBTQ issues, immigration policies, Black Lives Matter, and more, free speech on campus guarantees our ability to stand up for what we believe in

Faculty

Research Working Group

Institute for Humane Studies

A Research Working Group is a peer-review focused community of faculty who provide detailed, relevant feedback on each other’s articles before they are submitted to an academic journal.

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.

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, 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

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.

Grad Students

Adam Smith Fellowship

Mercatus Center

The Adam Smith Fellowship is a co-sponsored program of the Mercatus Center and Liberty Fund, Inc. Adam Smith Fellowships award up to $10,000 to graduate students attending PhD programs in a variety of fields including economics, philosophy, political science, and sociology.

The aim of these fellowships is to introduce students to and encourage them to critically engage key thinkers in political economy that they might not otherwise encounter during their graduate studies.

Grad Students

Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship

Mercatus Center

The Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship is a one-year, competitive fellowship program awarded to graduate students attending master’s, juris doctoral, and doctoral programs in a variety of fields including economics, law, political science, and public policy.

The aim of this fellowship is to introduce students to the Austrian, Virginian, and Bloomington schools of political economy as academic foundations for pursuing contemporary policy analysis. The total award of up to $5,000 includes a stipend and travel and lodging to attend colloquia hosted by the Mercatus Center.

Grad Students

EHA Graduate Dissertation Fellowships

Economic History Association

The Economic History Association supports research in economic history through two fellowship programs.

Students with approved topics and making progress towards completing their dissertation are eligible for a EHA Graduate Fellowship of $10,000 or a Sokoloff Fellowship of $15,000.

Grad Students, Undergraduates

Weekend Seminars

The Institute for Humane Studies
Economics, Grad Students, Undergraduates, Faculty

Free Speech on Campus

Learn Liberty

On-Demand Program

Join Professor Laura Kipnis as she provides her take on many issues facing freedom of speech on college campuses. From her own feminist leanings to the growing propensity toward censorship, Kipnis walks us through the changing landscape of liberal academia.

Economics, Undergraduates

Liberty 101

Learn Liberty

On-Demand Program

We’ll explore the 10 fundamental principles for a free and prosperous society hosted and presented by three outstanding faculty: Prof. Peter Jaworski from Georgetown University, Prof. Diana Thomas from Creighton University, and Prof. Christopher Koopman from George Mason University.

Philosophy, Undergraduates

Free Speech - Trigger Warnings, Academic Freedom, and More

Learn Liberty

On-Demand Program

Have you ever wondered if Free Speech has its limits? Well, this is the place for you.

You’ve got freedom of speech, but you’re not free to shout fire in a crowded theater? What about hate speech? Triggering speech? In this special On Demand program, we dive deep into topics related to free speech

History, Philosophy, Political Science, Undergraduates

America's Founding - The Figures and Ideas that Shaped a Nation

Learn Liberty

On-Demand Program

From the ideas that inspired a revolution (No Taxation without Representation! Individual Rights!) to the key figures (Jefferson, Madison, Washington, etc…) that played a major role in it, we cover the Revolutionary Era from a perspective you might not get in your regular ol’ college classroom.

Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Undergraduates

Learn Liberty Blog

Learn Liberty

Learn Liberty is your resource for exploring the ideas of a free society. We tackle big questions about what makes a society free or prosperous and how we can improve the world we live in.

Professors giving intelligent commentary on current issues.

Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Undergraduates, Other

Learn Liberty Community

Learn Liberty

Discuss the ideas of freedom with peers and professors from across the globe. With everything from contests and discussions about today’s hot topics to career advice from professors, the Learn Liberty community is your resource for growing intellectually and professionally.

Grad Students, Faculty, Established Professionals, Organizations, Other

The Open Inquiry Project

The Institute for Humane Studies

The Open Inquiry Project is a platform for faculty learning and engagement on the issues of free speech and independent thought on college campuses.

Grad Students, Faculty, Other

Free Speech and Open Inquiry Initiative

The Institute for Humane Studies

At the Institute for Humane Studies, we believe vibrant debate is essential to the college experience. In a liberal society, institutions of higher education should be epicenters of open inquiry, and faculty should feel secure in their role of encouraging their students to ask questions and enter conversations on complex issues.

Faculty

Curriculum Development Workshop

Curriculum Development Workshops underscore the importance of incorporating market friendly ideas into the classroom through a day and a half in person program featuring panels on lecture content, student engagement, and syllabus creation led by senior faculty members.

Faculty

Regional Networking Groups

The Institute for Humane Studies

Regional Networking Groups bring together scholars and policy experts from a similar geographic region to discuss issues at the nexus of policy and academia, and to help facilitate connections leading to future opportunities and collaboration.

Faculty, Established Professionals, Organizations

Manuscript Workshop

The Institute for Humane Studies

Manuscript Workshops bring together a group of interdisciplinary scholars who will provide the author comments and feedback for his or her manuscript chapter by chapter before it is sent to the publisher.