C. Maxwell (Max) and Elizabeth (Betty) M. Stanley were exemplary visionary leaders in philanthropic and educational endeavors. They strove to promote public understanding, constructive dialogue, and cooperative action on critical international issues and worked to recognize the essential roles of both the policy community and the broader public in building sustainable peace.

Alumni of The University of Iowa and longtime active volunteers and generous supporters of the institution, the Stanleys created The Stanley-University of Iowa Foundation Support Organization in 1979. Funded with an initial gift of $1,675,000, the Support Organization provided funding for projects across The University of Iowa. The Stanleys also created two separate foundations: The Stanley Center for Peace and Security, which focuses on world peace and international relations, and E & M Charities, which supports a variety of activities.

University of Iowa and International Programs Activities Supported

Over the past 25 years, 51% of funds the Stanleys have contributed to The University of Iowa have supported International Programs endeavors, via the Stanley University of Iowa Foundation Support Organization.

Within IP, the following programs benefit significantly from this funding:


  • Stanley Fellowships for Graduate Student Research Abroad assist qualified UI masters and doctoral students in all academic fields who are pursuing foreign research and career interests abroad, normally for theses or dissertations.
  • Stanley Undergraduate Scholarships for International Research/Fieldwork help outstanding UI undergraduates to pursue learning activities in international studies that are not available on the UI campus.
  • International Programs Graduate Student Travel Awards support UI graduate student travel to conferences outside of the US to present the results of their research.
  • Major Projects Awards support collaborations, symposia, conferences, lecture series, artistic exhibitions, and performance events that promise to draw the attention of the UI community to international topics.
  • Summer Research Fellowships fund travel, equipment, materials, or other research and development needs associated with faculty research or creative activity with a clear international focus and result in at least one publication, exhibit, or performance.
  • International Faculty Travel Awards assist faculty and staff whose research or creative activity or presentation of the results of research requires international travel.
  • Special Projects Funds subsidize visiting lecturers, film series, exhibitions, or other public activities that support international activities on the UI campus.