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 widely disseminate results of a study of the prevalence and impact of sexual harassment in the scientific, engineering, and medical workforce; and, of the best practice recommendations to prevent and address it.
National Academy of Sciences|Washington, District of Columbia, United States
2018Higher Education$50,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
To support the public history initiatives of the Public Lands History Center.
Public Lands History Center, Colorado State University|Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
2019Higher Education$225,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
Continued support for a program that introduces women engineers to leadership roles and academic administration as career paths.
Society of Women Engineers|Chicago, Illinois, United States
2019Higher Education$150,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
To support the exhibition “Seeing Truth: Art, Science, and Making Knowledge (1750-2020).”
University of Connecticut|Storrs, Connecticut, United States
2019Higher Education$275,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
To support the next phase of a pilot program to improve communication and collaboration between state policymakers and higher education leaders
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation|Princeton, New Jersey, United States
2018Higher Education$50,000 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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Aug. 12, 2019
Driving Community Engagement & Public Understanding Through Humanities Research
Higher Education
April 3, 2019
UVA's Thriving Cities Lab publishes a Field Guide for Urban University-Community Partnerships
Higher Education
March 1, 2019
Visual essay explores the ELIS (Ewha-Luce International Seminar) experience
Clare Boothe Luce Program, Higher Education