Please note that at this time we are not accepting

unsolicited proposals for grants and scholarships.

The Biosophical Institute, founded in Cleveland, Ohio, is a private, non-profit foundation that provides programs and funding for grants and scholarships furthering character development and peace education.

To support and advance Biosophical Principles, the Institute invests in outreach to educate the public about Biosophy and the work of Frederick Kettner, PhD, and funds endeavors related to the philosophy of Spinoza.


The Frederick Kettner Scholarship

The Frederick Kettner Scholarship (available in amounts up to $10,000 for a one-year period). Any doctoral student in good academic standing at their institution is eligible to apply. Preference will be given to those students who are in the last stages of dissertation work, and expect to complete their degree within one year of the date that the scholarship is awarded. Postdoctoral projects will also be considered. Awards may be granted to students who are either U.S. citizens or have a social security number and are at an accredited academic institution that grants doctoral degrees.

Typically requests for proposals are posted during the spring each year with funding decisions made by summer. Doctoral students in their last phases of dissertation work are encouraged to apply for scholarly work that addresses one or more of the following topics:

  • Character education
  • Peace Education
  • The synthesis of science and religion
  • Overcoming religious, national, racial or social prejudices.
  • Working toward democracy and world peace.
  • The philosophy of Spinoza, or other philosophers who are concerned with ethics
  • Spiritual development or Inner peace

Learn more about Frederick Kettner, PhD.

Learn HOW TO: Apply for Kettner Scholarship


Ron Matsko-Ensel Scholarship

Typically requests for proposals are posted during the spring each year with funding decisions made by summer. To honor its namesake, teachers (pre-K through 12) are encouraged to apply for Scholarship up to $2500 to develop curriculum or initiate programs addressing one or more of the following:

  • Peace and/or character education
  • Studies of ethics, ethical behavior, or the application of ethics
  • Theories of cooperation, e.g. friendship, pro-social behavior, forgiveness
  • Spiritual development or mindfulness education, addressing awareness and practices of inner peace
Learn more about Ron Matsko-Ensel.
Learn HOW TO: Apply for Matsko-Ensel Scholarship