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 launch a new, public humanities initiative that will provide support to scholars during the COVID-19 pandemic.
American Council of Learned Societies|New York, New York, United States
2020Higher Education$1,950,000 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
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
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
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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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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
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March 4, 2021
EDGE Alum Dr. Erica Graham Delivers Lecture on Anti-Racism in Mathematics
Clare Boothe Luce Program, Higher Education
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Jan. 28, 2021
Bennington College Launches New Public Action Fellowship
Higher Education