Hayek Fund Scholarship for PhD Students at George Mason University in USA 2020

The Institute of Humane Studies at George Mason University in the USA is offering the Hayek Fund for Scholars to PhD students for the 2020/2021 academic year.

The Hayek Fund for Scholars is designed to support students and faculty interested in advancing the ideas of liberty within the social sciences and humanities disciplines by funding a wide range of research and career advancing activities. From paying for PhD application fees and conference presentation travel to covering the purchase of crucial data sets, this unique fund covers an extensive array of both research and teaching related expenses.

All scholars presently engaged in either research or teaching within the social sciences or humanities at an accredited college or university can apply for funding. The ideal candidate is eager to pursue or continue a career in academia and contribute to the classical liberal tradition through their scholarship.

Worth of Award

Awarded on a rolling basis, the Hayek Fund for Scholars can help pay for activities including, but not limited to:

  • Expenses related to remote/online teaching and scholarly collaboration incurred as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as purchase of books or online resources to support teaching and research
  • Travel for paper presentations or job interviews at academic conferences
  • Submission fees for unpublished manuscripts and academic journals
  • Travel for archival research
  • Purchase of data sets
  • Participation in seminars, mock job interviews, and peer reviews
  • Collaborative research projects or hiring a research assistant
  • Facilitation of thought-provoking reading groups and book clubs with students
  • Reimbursement of application fees for PhD programs
  • Scholars are welcome to submit applications for other costs not mentioned here.
  • The maximum amount per single award from the Hayek Fund for Scholars is $5,000. Re-applicants cannot receive more than $10,000 in funding during an academic year.
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  • The application process is open to any student or faculty member at any accredited college or university, regardless of nationality.
  • However, applicants from the social sciences and humanities will be given preference and applicants working within the hard sciences are generally not accepted.
  • IHS requests that you submit your application online at least four weeks prior to the start of your activity to allow the review committee enough time to consider your application and notify you accordingly.

How to Apply

Your completed application must include the following:

  • Completed online application form (see below)
  • CV or resume
  • Proposed budget
  • Essay of 300 words or less describing your proposed project or activity and how it will advance your career
  • Essay of 300 words or less explaining how the proposed project or activity will advance the discussion or study of classical liberal ideas
  • Additional documentation, such as a relevant paper or dissertation to supplement the application, are not required but can be included in the application
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Deadline: Applications are currently ongoing. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision within two weeks of submission. Awards will be distributed after the recipient presents appropriate documentation for their project.


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