John Templeton Foundation

In keeping with Sir John Templeton's intent, his Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for research and discoveries relating to what scientists and philosophers call the Big Questions.

Sponsor: John Templeton Foundation


The foundation supports work at the world's top universities in such fields as theoretical physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, cognitive science, and social science relating to love, forgiveness, creativity, purpose, and the nature and origin of religious belief. We also seek to stimulate new thinking about wealth creation in the developing world, character education in schools and universities, and programs for cultivating the talents of gifted children. In 2006, the Foundation's average grant size was $309,926. However our grants can range from $1,000 to $5,000,000 depending on the project. The duration of our grants can range from a few months to three years or in some instances four or five years.


Ph.D scholars with a completed Ph.D. dissertation in positive psychology may apply. Because of IRS regulations, the Foundation strongly prefers to fund projects that are affiliated with an institution (typically a university, research institution or other non-profit organization.) Whenever possible, we encourage individuals to link with an appropriate institution that will assist by administering the grant. There are cases, however, when this is not practical or possible and the Foundation will make a grant to an individual.

How to Apply

Proposal submissions are by invitation only. The Foundation has developed an Online Funding Inquiry that enables you to briefly describe your proposed project. Similar to a Letter of Inquiry/Concept Paper, this quick and intuitive online form is required as the first step in requesting funding. If the Foundation determines that your proposed project may be aligned with the Foundation's Mission, Core Themes, and Funding Areas, an invitation to submit a Full Proposal will be sent via email. This email will include the Foundation's Full Proposal form.