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 a community storytelling initiative in the Harlem neighborhood.
The City College of New York, The MFA Program in Creative Writing|New York, New York, United States
2019Higher Education$50,000 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 a project to assist colleges in advocating for higher education
Council of Independent Colleges|Washington, District of Columbia, United States
2019Higher Education$50,000 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 pilot a new approach to interdisciplinary and engaged learning for doctoral students
The Graduate Center, City University of New York|New York, New York, United States
2019Higher 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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Sept. 28, 2019
"Telling Untold Stories" Project to Delve into History of America's Public Lands
Higher Education
Sept. 17, 2019
New Resource on Sexual Harassment of Women
Higher Education, Clare Boothe Luce Program
Sept. 3, 2019
Grant to UConn Launches ‘Seeing Truth’ Exhibit
Higher Education