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 support technology required for reliable on-line instruction at Tribal and College Universities
American Indian College Fund|Denver, Colorado, United States
2020Higher Education$175,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
Special Grant of $25,000 to the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences for the Gender Summit18-Africa Conference.
African Institute for Mathematical Sciences|Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2020Higher Education$25,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
To provide supplemental support for a community-engaged research initiative.
University of California, Merced|Merced, California, United States
2019Higher Education$50,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
To provide emergency grants to adjunct and other vulnerable MLA members
Modern Language Association|New York, New York, United States
2020Higher Education$15,000 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
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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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June 5, 2020
Luce Emergency Grants Support Underserved Communities in the US
Native American Leadership, Asia, Theology, Higher Education, Foundation News, Grants Announcement, Responding to Covid-19
March 31, 2020
Humanities Truck Exhibition Chronicles Community Displacement in Downtown DC
Higher Education
March 5, 2020
Making and Knowing Project Launches Digital Edition of 16th Century Book of Secrets
Higher Education