Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

Are you passionate about creating educational experiences that help learners understand how to apply critical ideas beyond the classroom? Do you hope to foster critical inquiry and open dialogue among students from different backgrounds and viewpoints? Then the Charles Koch Foundation would like to hear from you.

We are excited to support educational programs that provide future leaders with new opportunities to identify, debate, and apply the key concepts and principles that drive human flourishing. Some of the most rewarding educational experiences emerge from the exploration of questions such as:

  • How do liberty, equality, and the rule of law improve society?
  • Which principles and practices have most consistently contributed to increased prosperity and well-being?
  • Is openness to conflicting views and the free exchange of ideas necessary for progress?

Some of the world’s most important discoveries and solutions have come from the conversations that follow these questions, and we want to help continue that legacy through support for educational programs such as (but not limited to) reading groups, lecture series, debate societies, and capstone projects.

Grant Description

Compelling proposals will combine the following characteristics:

  • Engage students in open dialogue, critical inquiry, and sharing in the ideas of respected scholars.
  • Understand student interests and aspiring career paths through quality mentorship and guidance, while educating students on opportunities and advanced degrees they can consider upon graduation.
  • Help students develop translatable skills through programming and provide opportunities for hands-on experiences so they are equipped to be successful in their aspiring career paths.

Proposal Requirements

Completed proposal form with the following characteristics:

    • Overview of activities
    • Timeline
    • Itemized budget
    • Key measures of success


Funding levels are commensurate with the requirements and potential impact of the program.

Review & Notification Process

All proposals will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis. To ensure a timely review process, please submit proposals 3 months prior to the start of proposed programming.

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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