Addressing complex social, economic, and collective action problems facing modern societies requires leading-edge thinking and fresh application of the principles that drive human progress. The Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University is building an academic network of high-impact scholars through in-person and online research communities that span generational, disciplinary, ideological, and professional divides to develop and advance the ideas that support thriving, free societies and widespread human flourishing.

The Humane Studies Fellowship offers three types of support to graduate students, awarded on a rolling basis. Eligibility and requirements vary by grant type.

  • Event Support Grants ($500 to $5,000): Graduate students and faculty can request funds for hosting in-person and online events, such as research workshops or academic conferences. Applications must be submitted at least three weeks prior to the proposed event.
  • Graduate Sabbatical Grants (up to $15,000): Provide up to $15,000 to PhD candidates (ABD) to buy out teaching or research assistance¬†responsibilities for a semester so that they may develop dissertation chapters or other work into publishable paper drafts within six months. These highly competitive grants can be renewed for grantees who show exceptional progress. Summer fellowships for graduate students are available.
  • Humane Studies Fellowships (up to $5,000): Supports students completing major research projects, presenting their work at top conferences, and publishing their work in major journals. This award is intended to foster those key projects which maximize a recipient‚Äôs research impact and career prospects.

Areas of Interest

The Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University seeks to fund graduate students working in the following areas:

  1. Liberalism, Pluralism, Democracy
  2. Speech and Intellectual Freedom
  3. Equality, Peace, and Prosperity
  4. Business and the Good Society

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