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Earhart Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-02-04

At A Glance

Earhart Foundation

2200 Green Rd., Ste. H

Ann Arbor, MI United States 48105-1569

Telephone: (734) 761-8592

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $5,974,416

Total giving: $8,564,243






Established in 1929 in MI - Born in Pennsylvania, the son of a village storekeeper, Mr. Earhart completed an eighth grade education and a brief commercial course before embarking on a vigorous and varied business career. Among his many accomplishments was the founding of White Star Refining Co., now a part of Exxon Mobil Corporation

Purpose and Activities

H.B. Earhart Fellowships for graduate study awarded through a special nominating process for which direct applications will not be accepted; research fellowships for individual projects in economics, history, philosophy, international affairs, and political science awarded upon direct application to faculty members; grants also to educational and research organizations legally qualified for private foundation support.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Fellowship Research Grants

Fellowship research grants are awarded upon direct application to individuals who have already established themselves professionally. Such persons must be associated or affiliated with educational or research institutions and the effort supported should lead to the advancement of knowledge through teaching, lecturing, and publication. The applications evaluated must include: 1) curriculum vitae; 2) a full description of the proposed research - three to five pages are sufficient; 3) an abstract of approximately one page (single-spaced); 4) the intended end use or publication; 5) a budget and time schedule; 6) a list of five referees with addresses; and 7) a statement about applications pending elsewhere. Each award is for a specific purpose and progress is monitored.

Grants to Individuals Program

Fellowship research grants to individuals who have distinguished themselves professionally, in such disciplines as government/politics, economics, religion, philosophy, history, sociology, law/legal history and English. Graduate fellowships by nomination only.

Grants to Organizations

Grants are occasionally made, upon application, to publicly supported educational and research organizations legally qualified for private foundation support. Specific projects or activities are usually identified for support and frequently the grant also will designate a person named in the application to execute or monitor the activity. Written inquiries are preferable before a formal submission. Emphasis is on disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.

H.B. Earhart Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded to move talented individuals through graduate study in optimum time to embark upon careers in college or university teaching or in research. Awards are made to graduate students nominated by faculty sponsors whose participation is invited annually. The sponsors also monitor performance. Direct applications from candidates or from non-invited sponsors are not accepted.

Fields of Interest

  • Economics
  • Graduate and professional education
  • History
  • International studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political science
  • Public affairs
  • Public policy
Population Groups
  • Academics

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $5,974,416 (market value)

Expenditures: $10,097,515

Total giving: $8,564,243

Qualifying distributions: $9,983,877

Giving activities include:

$5,879,743 for 239 grants (high: $150,000; low: $1,000)

$2,684,500 for 140 grants to individuals (high: $60,000; low: $250)