About the Foundation & the Department
The John Templeton Foundation provides support for research and the dissemination of research in a variety of areas. Typically, projects involving research and dissemination do so in the context of different, specific Big Questions that lie within and at the intersection of multiple disciplines. The Foundation supports work that seeks to uncover the fundamental nature of reality, including work in physics, biology, philosophy, theology, mathematics, and the social and human sciences. In addition, the Foundation supports research and programs in areas such as virtue development, genetics, and the discovery and nurturing of exceptional cognitive talent and creativity.
Individual Freedom and Free Markets projects have involved scholars from economics, politics, philosophy, history, theology, law, education, international relations, and public health, as well as professionals in law, public policy, economic development, and print, television, and radio media. Given this range, there is no singular academic or professional background that qualifies one for work in this area, although an interdisciplinary approach to economics, politics, and philosophy is at the core of the Individual Freedom and Free Markets department’s mission. Regardless of specific academic training, candidates will be expected to demonstrate deep knowledge of the intellectual tradition of free markets and individual freedom, including the ideas and work of Adam Smith, Sir Antony Fisher, Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, and Milton Friedman. Previous work with other free market organizations is valued, whether through employment, volunteering, or student/alumni participation, and a strong background in social science research methods is highly desirable.
The Program Officer is responsible for the development of new funding initiatives and the management of the full life cycle of the grant process within the area of Individual Freedom and Free Markets. The Program Officer’s specific activities include the review of grant proposals, communicating with applicants and grantees regarding the application and review process, collaborating with our evaluation team to determine the impact of our grants, developing new projects to advance the mission and vision of the foundation, and representing the foundation at relevant meetings and conferences.
The Program Officer will be based in our West Conshohocken, PA headquarters.