Humane Studies Fellowships for Graduate Students

Deadline: 31 January 2014
Open to: full-time graduate students during the 2013-14 academic year living or studying in U.S., U.K. or Canada
Fellowship: $15,000


The Institute for Humane Studies awards over $1 million in scholarships to students from universities around the world.

Humane Studies Fellowships (HSF) are awarded to full-time graduate students embarking on liberty-advancing careers in ideas. Moreover, the fellowships support study in a variety of fields, including economics, philosophy, law, political science, history, and sociology. Awards are up to $15,000 and fellowship winners may re-apply for each year of their studies. Since its inception, the Institute for Humane Studies awarded more than $6.5 million to nearly 1,800 promising grad students!

But the program provides more than just monetary awards. The fellowships connect winners to a support network to guide them through a successful career in academia. Fellowship winners become preferred candidates for IHS invitation-only programs such as Career Development Seminars, which help students think strategically about how to succeed in academia, their Colloquia that discuss and refine the fellows’ research, and Summer Graduate Research Fellowship, which is a non-residential research and writing program that provides participants with the opportunity to complete a publishable scholarly article.


HS considers applications from individuals who will be full-time graduate students during the 2013-14 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.


The Humane Studies Fellowship is an award up to $15,000.

  • 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.
  • Full scholarships will not be awarded to students who will receive full-tuition scholarships or stipends from other sources, although partial awards will be considered.


The deadline to apply is 31 January 2014. Applications must be submitted through the online application system HERE. You can review the application questions HERE before you start your application. What’s more, you can also start and save your application and submit it at a later time. If you have not already registered, the application requires a short registration process.

Supporting documents must be uploaded to the application as electronic files (.doc, pdf, etc.) as they no longer accept supporting materials by mail.

There is an application fee of $25. If you apply by 5 January 2014, the $25 application fee will be waived! Read more information HERE.

For more information visit the official website HERE.

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