Who and What We Fund

Prometheus Foundation funds organizations and individuals who demonstrate that they can use funds to promote Ayn Rand and advance Objectivism intelligently and effectively. The Foundation has three funding programs: The Objectivist Venture Fund, the Scholarships Program, and the New Intellectuals Fund. Please note, we do not fund translations, book-writing projects, or projects advocating political policy.

Objectivist Venture Fund

The Objectivist Venture Fund (OVF) underwrites organizations and individuals who present strong business plans and proofs of concept for ventures that will promote Ayn Rand’s ideas in substantial ways. Such ventures have included book clubs, meet-up groups, seminars, centers of learning, projects within activist organizations, and programs within universities.

Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate substantial understanding of Objectivism,
  • Demonstrate strong ability to plan and execute projects,
  • Demonstrate that they follow through and get things done.

Applications should include information showing these qualities. This can be in the form of past accomplishments, letters of recommendation, or proofs of concept for the project in question.

Applications should also include a clear and concise budget (in USD), a timeline for the project, projected outcomes, and metrics for measuring success.

Documents accompanying applications must be in Google Docs and/or Google Sheets, and in Times New Roman, 12-point font. (PDFs may be included, but they must have reasonably large fonts so that they are legible.)

Examples of funded OVF ventures:

Ayn Rand Center Israel

Boaz Arad, founder of Ayn Rand Center Israel, received several OVF grants to establish the Center and expand its activities. 

Ayn Rand Center Europe

Maja Vrtaric of ARCE received funding to launch and run The John Galt School, which teaches courses and conducts seminars on Objectivism throughout Europe.

The Novel Philosophy Academy

Leopold Ajami was awarded an OVF grant to teach courses on Objectivism at the Novel Philosophy Academy in Dubai.

Scholarships Program

The Scholarship Program funds talented, up-and-coming scholars who seek to promote Objectivism as a significant part of their career. Objectivists of any age may apply for funds to help finance their formal education. Recipients must demonstrate substantial understanding of Objectivism and the ability and intention to promote it.

Applicants must:

  • Show that they are enrolled (or enrolling) in a formal educational program leading to a certificate or degree,
  • Demonstrate financial need,
  • Demonstrate a record of strong academic achievement.

Applications should include information showing these requirements, along with a resume or CV showing educational, professional, and extracurricular activities, as well as honors, awards, and other achievements.

Applications should include a proposal explaining your academic and professional plans; a budget (in USD) for your plans, including information about sources of your annual income and any financial aid; and a transcript if available.

Recommendations or references should be sent separately and directly to Prometheus Foundation at [email protected].

Documents accompanying applications must be in Google Docs and/or Google Sheets, and in Times New Roman, 12-point font. (PDFs may be included, but they must have reasonably large fonts so that they are legible.)

Examples of funded Scholarships:

Scholarship for
Martin Hooss

Martin Hooss was awarded a scholarship to support his work on his dissertation, “The Courage to Face a Lifetime: Ayn Rand’s Promethean Vision.”

Scholarship for
Deanna Heikkinen

Deanna Heikkinen was awarded a scholarship to support her work on her dissertation, “Ayn Rand in Higher Education.”

Scholarship for
Dan Norton

Dan Norton was awarded a scholarship to support his work on his dissertation, “A Critique of the Scientific Case for Physicalism.”

Productiveness Program

The Productiveness Program provides financial support to accomplished Objectivist intellectuals to help them focus their efforts on high-leverage intellectual work. Productiveness grants can be awarded to help an intellectual write a book, hire an editor, develop a course, hire an assistant, or delegate projects or tasks.

Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate exceptional understanding of Objectivism,
  • Demonstrate strong ability to plan and execute projects,
  • Demonstrate that they follow through and get things done.

Applications should include information showing these qualities. This can be in the form of past accomplishments, letters of recommendation, or proofs of concept.

Applications should also include a clear and concise budget (in USD), a timeline for the projects in question, projected outcomes, and metrics for measuring success.

Documents accompanying applications must be in Google Docs and/or Google Sheets, and in Times New Roman, 12-point font. (PDFs may be included, but they must have reasonably large fonts so that they are legible.)

Examples of funded Productiveness Grants:

Productiveness Grant for
Kalin Manolov

Kalin Manolov received a Productiveness Grant to hire help for his expanding activites at the Atlas Laissez Faire Institute in Bulgaria.

Productiveness Grant for
Boaz Arad

Boaz Arad received a Productiveness Grant to hire an assistant and to expand the activities and impact of Ayn Rand Center Israel.

Do You Have Ideas for Advancing Objectivism?

If so, and if you are the kind of person who follows through and gets things done, Prometheus Foundation wants to hear from you. Learn more or apply for funding by following the links below. If you have questions, visit our FAQ. And if you have questions that are not answered on our website, feel free to contact us.