Humane Studies Fellowships, Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University

The Humane Studies Fellowship is a non-residency fellowship program that awards up to $15,000 per year to pursue a liberty advancing career in academia. The prestigious fellowship also comes with individual advising and access to an extensive support network of over 5,000 scholars to help ensure academic success, both before and long after you receive your degree.



Awards are renewable, winners may re-apply for each year of their studies. Since its inception, the Institute for Humane Studies has awarded more than $6.5 million to nearly 1800 promising graduate students.



Fellowship Research Areas

The Humane Studies Fellowship program supports study in a variety of fields including economics, philosophy, law, political science, history, and sociology. As you might expect, the kinds of research undertaken generally focuses on that which advances the ideas of a free society. Research interests from previous Humane Studies Fellowship recipients included:

  • Market-based approaches to environmental policy
  • The legal development of privacy and property rights in 18th-century England
  • The role of patient autonomy in bioethics
  • Impediments to economic growth in developing countries
  • The relationship between U.S. presidential politics, fiscal policies, and economic performance



Fellowship Benefits

As a recipient of a Humane Studies Fellowship you will be joining an impressive network of over 5,000 liberty-advancing scholars and students, including David Schmidtz at the University of Arizona, Tyler Cowen at George Mason University, and Randall Kroszner at the University of Chicago.



Humane Studies Fellowship winners will also receive invitations to exclusive programs such as the Career Development Seminar, Research Colloquium, and Advanced Topics weekend seminars.



Fellowship Eligibility

The Humane Studies Fellowship is open to current or prospective full-time graduate students (including law students) from accredited universities anywhere in the world who have previously received IHS funding at any level or participated in an IHS program (like a summer seminar, research colloquium, policy seminar, or a summer graduate research fellowship).



The candidates we seek are, ideally, dedicated to advancing the ideas of liberty through their research and teaching.



Fellowship Details

The Humane Studies Fellowship awards up to $15,000 annually. As part of the Fellowship requirements, recipients must a) present their research project at a conference or b) have their research project ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal by September 2016. Fellows will have a faculty advisor to assist them with this project.

  • Fellowships are only open to IHS alumni.
  • Fellowships are awarded for one year, and award winners may reapply for each year of their full-time studies.
  • Fellowships take into account the tuition at the recipient’s institution and any other funds received by the recipient
  • Award decisions by IHS are final and not subject to appeal.



For further questions and more information please visit the Humane Studies Fellowship FAQ page.



For more information, please visit the Institute for Humane Studies website.


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