The Charles Koch Foundation supports hundreds of colleges and universities across the country. Our grants fund a variety of undergraduate programs, graduate fellowships, research, and university centers, helping students and faculty members pursue scholarship related to societal well-being and free societies.
About Our Programs
The Foundation supports educational initiatives in economics, philosophy, entrepreneurship, criminal justice, and other disciplines that have a direct impact on opportunities to thrive.
Colleges and Universities
Our grants to colleges and universities support faculty members who lead a variety of programs that engage students with the principles of free societies. The university centers we fund enable professors to pursue their research while providing resources to their students.
University centers often bring speakers to campus, helping students hear from a variety of voices and views. The John W. Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise’s Liberty & Ethics Center at Lindenwood University invited Grover Norquist and Ralph Nader to deliver the keynote address at its annual spring conference. While Norquist and Nader disagree on many issues, they provided a spirited discussion of cronyism.
We support undergraduate programs that encourage students to engage with the ideas of free societies. Through research fellowships, reading discussions, and other programs, professors guide and mentor students who are interested in exploring how to help people improve their lives.
Reading groups, like the one led by Ross Emmett at the James Madison College of Public and International Affairs at Michigan State University, help students engage in robust discussion and encourage a deeper understanding of ideas that have shaped society across centuries.
Examples of some of the most successful program structures developed by grantees include:
- Guest lectures: Leading scholars interact directly with students in the classroom, lecture hall, or less formal settings.
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- Reading discussions/seminars/colloquia: Faculty mentors lead students in reading discussions or examinations of specialized topics.
Learn how we support a diversity of views and topics
- Course development: Faculty partners develop and implement courses not currently offered by the university in order to create new educational opportunities for students.
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- Research fellowships: Students either assist with faculty research or work on their own projects in order to develop skills as researchers, writers, public speakers, etc.
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Our resources help students engage with the ideas of free societies and explore how to help people improve their lives. Outside of the classroom, we connect students to meaningful professional opportunities.
Additional information about some of these opportunities is available here: