Government, Foundation, and Corporate Relations

The Government, Foundation, and Corporate Relations Office at St. Olaf College is a resource for faculty and staff seeking funding from government agencies and private foundations.

Our mission is to assist individual faculty members, academic departments and programs, and the wider college community in the submission of successful proposals to external funding agencies. The awards received will enrich the learning and research activities of the college.

This office can contribute to the success of each proposal by ensuring:

  • Its compatibility with the mission of the college
  • Its intellectual coherence
  • The accuracy and inclusiveness of its budget
  • Its consistency with college policies
  • Its conformity with the guidelines of the funding agency

We’re here to help you with:

Recent Awards:

Sociology professor earns National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

St. Olaf College Associate Professor of Sociology Ibtesam Al Atiyat has received a grant

from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the fieldwork for her forthcoming book,

Body Politics and Nation Building in Modern Jordan: An Analysis of Public Discourses on Honor Killings and Rape.


Mellon Foundation grant to support new institute at St. Olaf


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded St. Olaf College a $150,000 president’s discretionary grant. President David R. Anderson ’74 will use these funds to support a new cross-disciplinary institute dedicated to improving the quality of public discourse.

English professor awarded grant to support her second book of poetry


St. Olaf College Associate Professor of English Jennifer Kwon Dobbs has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to support the development and promotion of her second book of poetry, Three-Legged Bird.

Physics professor talks to KSTP-TV about his Antarctic research


Jacobel is a member of the Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling (WISSARD) team that successfully drilled through 800 meters of ice to reach a subglacial lake in what the National Science Foundation called “a first-of-its-kind feat of science and engineering.”

St. Olaf receives $360,000 grant for scientific equipment


The Sherman Fairchild Foundation has awarded St. Olaf College a $360,000 grant for new scientific equipment.

New production puts audience members in control of performers


At a show that will open at St. Olaf College in March, audience members will be asked to take their cell phones out — and use them to control the movements of dancers.