Higher Education

Higher Education

Program Aims

Higher education has been a focus of the Foundation’s grantmaking since the Foundation’s very first grant in 1936 to Yenching University in Beijing. Over half of all grant monies awarded since the Foundation’s establishment have been to higher education institutions.

The Higher Education program today makes only a small number of grants each year. These grants primarily support projects involving faculty and doctoral students in the humanities and qualitative social sciences. Such grants aim to:

  • stimulate and support scholarship, especially projects that break new ground and that cross disciplinary and geographic boundaries
  • ensure that high-quality research informs policymaking and public discussion
  • prepare the next generation of diverse faculty and academic leaders

Recent Grants

To continue and expand a project to support community-engaged research and graduate mentorship.
University of California, Merced|Merced, California, United States
2020Higher Education$350,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
Special Grant of $25,000 to the American Associates of the Science and Technology in Society (AA-STS) forum to support the 2020 STS forum Annual Meeting and US-based AA-STS activities.
American Associates of the STS forum|New York, New York, United States
2020Higher Education$25,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
To support an initiative to explore changing definitions of “America” and “American-ness” in order to inform the development of new curricula and public programming
Arizona State University Foundation|Tempe, Arizona, United States
2020Higher Education$225,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
For CBL Scholar COVID-19-related emergency needs, and Xavier’s COVID-19 student emergency fund
Xavier University of Louisiana|New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
2020Higher Education$25,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
Humanities Truck: Supplement and Extension
American University|Washington DC, District of Columbia, United States
2020Higher Education$10,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
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Program Administrators

Vice President: Sean T. Buffington

Buffington has long experience in higher education, having served most recently as president of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and before that as associate provost at Harvard University.

Image: American University’s Humanities Truck is a mobile lab for faculty and students to work collaboratively with communities in Washington, DC. © Ted Chaffman
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Recent News and Announcements

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Jan. 12, 2021
ACLS Names Second Cohort of Leading Edge Fellows to Advance COVID-19 Response Initiatives
Higher Education, Responding to Covid-19, Theology
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Oct. 4, 2020
Community-Engaged Research Builds Local Relationships and Broadens Student Opportunities
Higher Education
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Sept. 21, 2020
Pardee RAND's Faculty Leaders Program: Shaping the Future of Public Policy
Higher Education
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