Higher Education

Higher Education

Program Update

As of January 2021, the Higher Education Program is no longer accepting unsolicited inquiries. We encourage potential applicants to explore our other programs and to return to our website regularly for updates on new grant opportunities.

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.

Recent Grants

To support Tribal College and University technology needs required for reliable on-line instruction during the pandemic
American Indian College Fund|Denver, Colorado, United States
2020Higher Education$250,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
To support an internship at the Center for Advancement of Public Action.
Bennington College|Bennington, Vermont, United States
2020Higher Education$25,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
To support the activities of the Humanities Truck during the COVID-19 pandemic.
American University|Washington DC, District of Columbia, United States
2020Higher Education$100,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
To support the Way Forward, an effort to reimagine higher education in a time of crisis.
Bringing Theory to Practice, Elon University|Elon, North Carolina, United States
2020Higher Education$150,000 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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Sept. 27, 2021
Community-Engaged Projects at UC Merced Help the Town Connect with Its Past and Future
Higher Education
Sept. 19, 2021
CBL Professor Chosen to Participate in Science and Technology in Society Forum
Clare Boothe Luce Program, Higher Education, STEM Convergence
April 22, 2021
New Career Options For Recent PhDs In The Humanities And Social Sciences
American Art, Religion and Theology, Higher Education, Responding to Covid-19