Apply for a graduate fellowship

Ready to get started? Learn how you can apply for one of ISI’s prestigious graduate fellowships.

Receive up to $15,000 in funding and join a community of more than five hundred alumni now teaching in higher education.

The application deadline for 2024–25 fellowships is January 19, 2024.


Application deadline for 2024–25 graduate fellowships: January 19, 2024

Teaching a class

Here’s what you need to submit to apply for an ISI graduate fellowship:

  • A recent, high-resolution photo
  • An original, 1,250- to 2,500-word essay responding to the following question: “What is the relationship between liberal education and a free society?”
  • One-page CV or résumé of prior education, awards, fellowships, and internships
  • A five- to ten-page personal, philosophical, and professional autobiography
  • A five- to ten-page academic writing sample
  • At least two academic letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be emailed to with the subject line “Reference for [NAME OF APPLICANT].
  • Unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work (if award is granted, official transcripts must be provided by the issuing institution or the applicant) (may be sent separately from application materials)
  • Brief responses to each of the following:
    • Why you have chosen teaching as a profession
    • Why you desire a fellowship
    • How you learned of the ISI graduate-fellowship program
    • A signed declaration of intent to teach, written in your own words

Note: Personal philosophical statement and academic writing samples must be 12-point standard font, one-sided, and double spaced. Please make sure your contact info is prominent and that your name is included on all documents.


We will announce the 2024–25 ISI graduate fellows in the spring. Applicants will be notified by email.

More Information

Questions? For more information on the graduate fellowships, see our frequently asked questions or email

Applications will open in the fall.

Apply to be a 2024-25 Weaver Fellow