Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, USA, awards Humane Studies Fellowships of up to $15,000 for graduate or undergraduate study to graduate students and outstanding undergraduates planning academic careers with liberty-advancing research interests. The fellowships are open to students in a range of fields, such as economics, philosophy, law, political science, anthropology, and literature.
The program began in 1983 as the Claude R. Lambe Fellowships, and in 2010 we awarded more than 180 fellowships ranging from $2,000 to $15,000.
Past fellows have researched a variety of topics that explore historical and contemporary ideas that maximize freedom of action and support the rule of law:
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
Research and Discussion Colloquia
Selected winners are invited to present and discuss their research at the annual Research Colloquium and to attend the Friedrich Hayek Discussion Colloquium.
Fellows also join a network of more than 10,000 IHS academics committed to the ideas of liberty and intellectual freedom.
Applications for the Humane Studies Fellowship will be considered from those who will be full-time graduate students or undergraduate juniors or seniors in the 2010-2011 academic year and have a clearly demonstrated research interest in the intellectual and institutional foundations of a free society.
Awards are based on academic or professional performance, relevance of one's work to the advancement of a free society, and potential for success.
The deadline is December 31, 2010. Applications must be submitted through online application system. If you have not already registered on TheIHS.org, 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 only 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.