Humane Studies Fellowships at Institute For Humane Studies, USA

Humane Studies Fellowships are awarded to graduate students and outstanding undergraduates embarking on liberty-advancing careers in ideas. The fellowships support study in a variety of fields, including economics, philosophy, law, political science, history, and sociology. 

Awards range from $2,000 to $15,000 and fellowship winners may re-apply for each year of their studies. In 2011, the Institute for Humane Studies awarded more than $750,000 to 195 students.

The program is open to full-time and prospective graduate students, including law and MBA students. There are a limited number of fellowships open to undergraduate juniors and seniors with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a scholarly career.

IHS considers applications from individuals who will be full-time graduate students or undergraduate juniors or seniors during the 2012-13 academic year and who have a clearly demonstrated research interest in the intellectual and institutional foundations of a free society.
Applicants are evaluated based on three primary criteria:
  • relevance of work to the advancement of a free society
  • academic or professional performance
  • potential for success in chosen field
All applicants will be considered without regard to race, gender, religion, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, or disability. Although IHS considers applications from outside the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, fellowships are generally awarded to applicants who live or study in those countries.

Application Procedure
Applications must be submitted through our online application system. system. You can review the application questions before you start your application. You can also start and save your application and submit it at a later time. If you have not already registered on, the application requires a short registration process.

Supporting documents must be uploaded to the application as electronic files. We no longer accept supporting materials by mail. Please begin collecting supporting materials early, as certain items may take time to compile. Instructions for how to submit supporting materials are listed at the end of the online application.

You can list your recommenders on your application. We will send requests to these recommenders for their letters of recommendation after you submit your application. The deadline for your recommenders to submit recommendations back to IHS is January 21, 2011.

There is a $25 application fee that you may pay by credit card or check. Payment instructions appear at the end of the application

Submission Deadline
The deadline is December 31, 2011.

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