We are working closely with Rice University to monitor the continued impact of Covid-19 on our community. The health and safety of our guests and staff are our top priority. All gatherings at Baker Hall through April 30 have been canceled. A current list of scheduled online events is available at bakerinstitute.org/events and will be updated with new webcasts and webinars. Please refer to emergency.rice.edu/coronavirus for additional information and updates.

Major Gifts


Major gifts allow the Baker Institute to expand current programs and explore new areas of research. Most major gifts are directed to a program or project of high importance to the donor, and fellows use the resources in a variety of ways. Some apply it to support new or ongoing projects; others hire graduate and postdoctoral students who participate in significant research initiatives. Major gifts have transformative power, helping our fellows provide research-based policy recommendations to policymakers across the globe.

Above: The Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies Endowment, made possible through the generosity of longtime Baker Institute supporter Wallace S. Wilson (pictured above, far left, meeting with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair), has helped the Baker Institute establish itself as the leading university-based think tank on energy geopolitics and policy.

Critical to creating a strong financial foundation, philanthropy supports Baker Institute fellows, research, events and published reports. We are grateful to those who sustain the institute’s groundbreaking work and allow our policy research programs to reach out to policymakers and to the public at lectures, conferences and other events.

Baker Institute supporters are also invited to make pledges, which represent an immediate or future gift and which can be made with specific guidelines.

To discuss how you might direct your gift, please contact the Baker Institute development office at roundtable@rice.edu.