Funded Summer Seminars at Institute of Humane Studies in USA 2020

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) invites applications for one of this year’s Summer Seminars on liberal democracy in 2020.

Two cities. Five days. Boundless ideas.

Summer Seminars bring together graduate students and faculty to explore the nature of free society. Lectures, discussions, and evening socials lead to connections—intellectual and personal connections—that can last a lifetime.

In 2020, IHS will host five-day seminars in Washington, DC and Chapel Hill, NC.

The Classical Liberal Tradition
Washington, DC | June 16 – 21, 2020

Investigating the liberal account of free societies, from the proto-liberalism of Locke and Montesquieu through Smith, Hayek, the Ostroms, and beyond.

Modern Challenges to Liberty
Chapel Hill, NC | July 7 – 12, 2020

How should we balance liberty and equality? How to respond to the alt-right? When are governments and markets likely to fail? Engage the strongest critics of liberalism and find your own response to their critiques.

Worth of Award

  • IHS covers the cost of seminar tuition, housing, and meals.
  • Participants are responsible for travel expenses, though IHS is committed to offering modest travel assistance to every participant.
  • Accommodations are same-gender double-occupancy hotel rooms.


Summer Seminars are open to graduate students worldwide; applicants need not be U.S. citizens or have studied in the U.S. Ideal candidates are those interested in classical liberal concepts of political freedom, economic liberty, and individual rights.

How to Apply

You should complete the application form on their website in order to apply

Deadline: Applications close March 15 2020
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