Humane Studies Fellowship

Awards up to $15,000 for the tuition expenses of graduate students exploring the principles, practices, and institutions necessary to a free society through their academic work.

The Humane Studies Fellowships, begun in 1983 as the Claude R. Lambe Fellowships, are awarded by IHS to support the work of outstanding graduate students who are interested in exploring the principles, practices, and institutions necessary for a free society through their academic work. Previous award winners have come from fields as diverse as economics, philosophy, anthropology, and literature.

The Humane Studies Fellowship awards up to $15,000 per year to support graduate students in PhD programs.

Deadline Information

Spring 2022: Saturday, August 1, 2020

Summer 2022: Thursday, December 1, 2022

Fall 2022 : Friday, April 1, 2022


Over the course of the academic year, you will be required to accomplish either of the following:

  1. Present your research project at a conference.
  2. Have your research project ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal by September 2020.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply for the Humane Studies Fellowship, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a PhD program for the upcoming academic year.
  • Have a research interest that contributes to liberty-advancing scholarship.
  • Have attended an IHS program or event (If you’re new to IHS, check out the PhD Scholarship).

Application Process

Applications are currently not being accepted, but they encourage you to sign up to receive information on when the application will open for the next cycle.

Complete applications will consist of the following:

  • Two short essay questions
  • An updated CV
  • A recent writing sample of 3,000 words or fewer
  • An electronic transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation