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. 


  • Do you need financial support for a legal case implicating rights of national significance in higher education? Are you developing a project that advances academic freedom or illuminates its role in a democratic society? The AAUP Foundation is currently welcoming inquiries and applications for our next grant deadline on December 31.

  • The AAUP’s Journal of Academic Freedom, which is supported by the AAUP Foundation, seeks original, scholarly articles exploring current mobilizations of the term free speech and their connections to existing practices and concepts of constitutionally protected speech and academic freedom. Submissions are due by January 31, 2018.

  • The AAUP Foundation notes with dismay the recent uptick in efforts to harass and intimidate faculty. We believe that academic freedom requires and supports a democracy that thrives on dissent, critical inquiry, free speech, and free research and stand with the AAUP in its commitment to safeguarding the role of faculty in a free society.


  • 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. 

  • The AAUP Foundation is the charitable arm of the AAUP enterprise, which also includes the AAUP (a professional association), and the AAUP-CBC (a labor union). All three share a commitment to academic freedom and shared governance and to ensuring higher education’s contribution to the common good. 

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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