Dissertation Grants

The Charles Koch Foundation supports colleges and universities in exploring the institutions and ideas that foster societal well-being. The Foundation is accepting research grant proposals from current doctoral students interested in writing dissertations that investigate the role of free societies in advancing well-being. Proposals will be considered for dissertations across a variety of disciplines that examine foundational, system-level, and applied research questions.

Accepted dissertation proposals may be awarded up to $5,000 in grant funding with the possibility of renewal as well as additional resources to expand doctoral candidates’ educational opportunities and career development.

Submission Requirements:

Interested doctoral students should submit a 500-word abstract of their project on behalf of their university or college along with a brief CV or résumé. The abstract should provide sufficient detail for reviewers to assess the nature and feasibility of the idea. Submissions should be original and must not have been published previously.

Notification Process:

All prospective grantees will be notified of the outcome of the grant evaluation process. The Foundation’s goal with every proposal is to arrive at, and to communicate, decisions in a timely manner so that prospective grantees know where they stand. Please allow up to three months for the review of submitted materials and a response from the Foundation.

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