Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Grants

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Grants

The wisdom and methodologies coming from the rich traditions of philosophy, politics, and economics benefit scholars weighing how to solve society’s most pressing challenges.

An interdisciplinary approach that brings together students and scholars spread across the college campus with a variety of perspectives to apply theory and practice facilitates the study of the core concepts of societies that encourage individual fulfillment, happiness, and success.

The Charles Koch Foundation seeks to support research that looks to break through the barriers to multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship and foster real-world applications of the scholarly lineage of these diverse fields.  To support this search for continual improvement, the Charles Koch Foundation requests proposals for research and educational grants related to the interdisciplinary field of politics, philosophy, and economics (PPE).

Grant Description

We are particularly interested in supporting research and educational programming that:

  • Further develops the methodologies utilized by PPE scholars and illuminates their strengths and limitations.
  • Utilizes PPE methodologies to explore keys issues related to toleration, corporate welfare, innovation, or regulatory policy.
  • Equips students with the ability to understand and employ interdisciplinary perspectives to solve address pressing issues.
  • Provides doctoral students and early-career faculty with the opportunity to build their analytical skillset.

Grant Criteria

  • A one-to-two-page abstract of the project on behalf of your university, college, think tank, or other 501(c)(3) organization. The abstract should provide sufficient detail for reviewers to assess the nature and feasibility of the idea.*
  • A CV or résumé.*
  • A brief, itemized budget.*
  • Final projects should be original and meet the highest standards of their field, and must not have been previously published.

*Items are required in application.


Funding levels are commensurate with the requirements of the research and the potential for the research to advance an understanding of critical issues. Accepted proposals may also receive support to disseminate the research findings.

Review & Notification Process

Proposals will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis.

Our Giving Standards and Principles

Our giving standards and principles guide our long-standing commitment to academic independence and openness.

Faculty call the shots.

Behind each of our grants is a scholar with a vision. Their freedom to drive their research wherever it may take them is essential to the discovery that we hope results from our support.

Schools provide the academic environment.

We’re excited to support hundreds of schools ranging from small liberal arts colleges to state research universities to Ivy League schools. Each grant we make follows the school’s standard procedures when it comes to hiring, curriculum, peer review, and other policies.

Openness brings opportunities.

To help make potential grantees aware of opportunities, we share news of all our major gifts. This knowledge sharing improves collaboration, offering others the possibility to build on the work of the scholars we support.

Society benefits.

The scholars we support are tackling some of the toughest challenges of our time and preparing students for success in a dynamic future. The goal of our philanthropy is to improve society. As scholars’ discoveries guide the path forward on criminal justice reform, free expression, foreign policy, technology and innovation, economic opportunity, and other pressing challenges, society progresses.

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