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

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
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 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
Support for the "Sea Change: Making Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in STEMM Normative" initiative
American Association for the Advancement of Science|Washington, District of Columbia, United States
2020Higher Education$200,000 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
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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. 28, 2021
Bennington College Launches New Public Action Fellowship
Higher Education
Jan. 12, 2021
ACLS Names Second Cohort of Leading Edge Fellows to Advance COVID-19 Response Initiatives
Higher Education, Responding to Covid-19, Religion and Theology
Oct. 4, 2020
Community-Engaged Research Builds Local Relationships and Broadens Student Opportunities
Higher Education