IHS Ph.D. Scholarship

Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) at George Mason University accepts scholarship application each year for the IHS Ph.D. Scholarship Program. Doctoral students and full-time graduate student who enrolled in a Ph.D. program are eligible to apply for the IHS Ph.D. Scholarship. The scholarship is dedicated to developing, teaching, and applying the principles of a free society. Winners will get up to $15,00 stipend by the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS).

The Institute for Humane Studies was founded in 1961 by Dr. F. A. “Baldy” Harper, a former economics professor at Cornell University. It is a nonprofit educational organization that engages with students and professors around the country to encourage the study and advancement of freedom


  • Full-time graduate student enrolled in a Ph.D. program during the 2017–2018 academic year are eligible for this scholarship
  • Applicants should have a strong record of academic excellence as well as a demonstrated research interest that is rooted in the tradition of individual and economic freedoms
  • If candidate has already participated in an IHS program or received funding, apply for their renewable Humane Studies Fellowship instead

How to Apply:

Interested candidate can apply on-line through the given link: http://www.tfaforms.com/449188

Supporting Documents:

  • CV
  • GRE, GMAT, or LSAT scores and percentiles. (Unofficial scores are acceptable)
  • A statement of all other funding you will be receiving (stipends, fellowship, etc). This does not include tuition assistance
  • An electronic transcript from your current (or most recent) institution. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable
  • If you have defended your dissertation proposal, include your proposal defense as well
  • References: Two reference letters from professors
  • Writing sample of 3,000 words or less to their application system
  • Descriptions of Your Research Project: To demonstrate the relevance of your research interests for the advancement and understanding of a free society, you’ll also need to prepare six short pieces of writing
  1. A one-sentence description of your research project for a well-educated but non-expert audience
  2. A one-paragraph description of your research project for a peer in your discipline
  3. A brief (100 words or less) statement of your primary career goals
  4. An explanation, 500 words or less, of how you plan to advance liberty after graduation
  5. A list of the five intellectual figures or books that have most influenced you, with a single sentence for each stating how it has influenced your thinking on public affairs
  6. An explanation, in 750 words or less, of one book, article, or general theory that is both highly regarded by scholars and, in your opinion, misguided in a way that is inimical to liberty
  7. Explain why it’s misguided and why correcting its errors would improve the understanding of liberty

Submitting Details:

The candidate must send two standard academic letters of recommendation at funding-at-theIHS.org

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • Winners will get up to $15,00 stipend by the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS).
  • Become eligible in the next academic year to apply for the renewable IHS Humane Studies Fellowship that awards up to $15,000
  • Gain access to their vast network of liberty-advancing scholars
  • Receive invitations to exclusive workshops designed specifically to help graduate students improve their research and further their academic careers

Application Deadline:

The application will be close on February 28, 2017.

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