The Humane Studies Fellowship - Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University

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The Humane Studies Fellowship is a non-residency fellowship program that awards up to $15,000 per year. Moreover, it provides individual advising and an extensive support network to help ensure academic success before and after you receive your degree.

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 our Career Development Seminars, which help students think strategically about how to succeed in academia, our Colloquia that discuss and refine the fellows’ research, and our 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.


HSF is open to full-time and prospective graduate students, including law students. Exceptional candidates with an evident intention of advancing liberty through other intellectual activities, such as teaching, policy analysis, and law, will also be considered.

Is it right for me?

  • The fellowship is open to current or prospective full-time graduate students (including law students) from accredited universities anywhere in the world whose research interests are related to ideas of a free society.

What sort of individuals are you looking for?

  • Students who are dedicated to advancing the ideas of liberty through research and teaching.

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.


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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. Award decisions by IHS and its trustees are final and not subject to appeal. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS As a Humane Studies Fellow you’ll be eligible for invitation-only events that will provide opportunities to discuss new research and other advanced topics with leading scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Recent programs have explored issues like: Freedom and Coercion Progress, Tradition and Responsibility Constitutionalism and Safeguards of Individual Liberty The Legitimate Role of Government

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