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Opportunities
for Members

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HxA members receive exclusive access to a variety of opportunities, including funding for events or research, professional development workshops, recognition for advancing our values, and more.

Heterodox Academy is grateful to have such a committed, engaged membership. Our free membership unlocks exclusive opportunities that help our members advance in their academic careers, and advance our mission to improve higher education and research.

This page provides the current opportunities available to HxA members.

Member opportunities from HxA include:

  • Attending events as a panelist or participant
  • Applying for grants from HxA
  • Joining HxCommunities or starting a Campus Community
  • Hosting events on their campus that advance our mission


Get Involved

HxA facilitates various online and in-person communities to connect members and other supporters who advocate for open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement. We have dozens of Campus Communities on individual campuses around the globe, as well as HxCommunities which bring together members of specific disciplines, regions, and other academic settings.

Members have access to the Member Forum in the HxA Portal, a members-only discussion space. It's a great way to connect any time with fellow members around the world.

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A funding opportunity available to HxA members seeking support for their mission-aligned efforts and initiatives. Grants of up to $500 are available to support a variety of initiatives.

Learn more about the Member Grants opportunity.

With the generous support of Schmidt Futures, Heterodox Academy (HxA) is pleased to solicit grant proposals from its members as part of its Open Inquiry in STEM Disciplines Grant Program.

View the Request for Proposals.

Through the new Speakers Bureau, HxA is set to bridge the gap between event organizers and intellectually curious audiences by facilitating access to professional, engaging, and thought-provoking speakers from HxA's esteemed membership. 

Visit the Speakers Bureau.

Join hundreds of HxA members and supporters in Chicago June 6 - 9, 2024! Our annual conference promises to be an exceptional intellectual event, filled with networking, research, workshops, and exciting speakers.

Learn more about our conference.

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Through the Writers Group, HxA aspires to help its members develop a public voice, understand the media landscape, and cultivate valuable networks, allowing them to emerge as leaders in contemporary conversations around higher ed in general as well as their specific disciplines and areas of expertise.

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Current Funding Opportunities

HxA provides exclusive grant opportunities for members throughout the year to host events, advance our values on campus, conduct research, and more.

Past Awardees
Open Inquiry Awards

The HxA Open Inquiry Awards highlight individuals, groups, and institutions who do exemplary work promoting open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement.

Open Inquiry Awards are given across the following categories:

Institutional Excellence Award: For the college, university, or center/institute operating as part of a college or university that has done the most to advance or sustain open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement either on its own campus or nationally.

Leadership Award: For the person who has most effectively championed the principles of open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement in the academy and beyond.

Courage Award: For the person who has demonstrated consistent courage in pursuing truth, and embodies bravery in championing the principles of open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement in the academy despite social and professional costs.

Exceptional Scholarship Award: For the academic(s) who, through research or another form of scholarship, has best advanced knowledge of open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, or constructive disagreement.

Outstanding Student or Student Group Award: Given to undergraduate or graduate student(s), or student groups who have made vital and durable contributions to open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement on their campus.

Teaching Award: For the educator(s) who has most effectively integrated open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, or constructive disagreement into the classroom and/or curriculum.

Past Award Winners

If colleges and universities do not adequately foster an environment where open inquiry is encouraged, and inclusion and diversity are prioritized, the highest ideals and aspirations of our institutions may go unrealized.

Taffye Benson ClaytonVice President and Associate Provost for Inclusion and DiversityAuburn University
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At this historical moment marked by a rise in various forms of anti-intellectualism, one welcomes and values a countervailing force such as Heterodox Academy, which provides a robust forum for expressions of anti-anti-intellectualism.

Richard A. ShwederHarold Higgins Swift Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Comparative Human DevelopmentUniversity of Chicago
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Become a Member

Join our community of faculty, staff, and students in our efforts to improve the quality of research and education in universities through viewpoint diversity, open inquiry, and constructive disagreement.

Complimentary membership includes access to the new HxA Portal — a private online forum for HxA members and HxCommunities, invitations to members-only events, funding opportunities, professional development workshops, members-only discounts to HxA Summits, and more.

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