AAUP Foundation

The AAUP Foundation is organized to fund the charitable and educational purposes of the AAUP, including supporting principles of academic freedom and the quality of higher education in a free and democratic society. 


  • The AAUP Foundation is now accepting applications for its March 31 grant deadline. We welcome applications from faculty incurring legal expenses due to the immigration ban or encountering other threats to academic freedom.

  • The AAUP Foundation supports AAUP investigations in defense of Association-recommended standards on academic freedom, tenure, and due process. A current investigation at Community College of Aurora in Colorado examines the dismissal of a faculty member who criticized curricular changes.

  • On December 15, the New York Supreme Court found that NYU's faculty handbook had the force of a contract and allowed NYU Medical School Professors Marie Monaco and Herbert Samuels, who received support from the Legal Defense Fund, to continue their case challenging NYU's salary reduction policy.

  • The AAUP Foundation notes with dismay the emergence of a "Professor Watchlist," which purports to catalogue faculty who "advance leftist propaganda in the classroom.” Over the past century, such lists have recurred periodically and have been used to harass and intimidate faculty, and chill academic freedom. An AAUP petition invites faculty to stand in solidarity with colleagues who have been singled out.

  • If you have not taken your required minimum distribution for the year, your IRA charitable rollover gift can satisfy that requirement. Because we receive the gift directly from your IRA, the distribution bypasses you entirely. 

Featured Programs

Academic Freedom

The AAUP Foundation supports projects that safeguard academic freedom to encourage free inquiry, promote the expansion of knowledge, and create an environment in which learning and research can flourish, thereby enhancing the quality of higher education and benefiting society.

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Legal Defense

The AAUP Foundation supports faculty members in cases at the trial and appellate levels that implicate important legal rights, involve legal issues of national significance in higher education, and affect the careers of academics.

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