Funded by the Lilly Endowment and based at Louisville Seminary, the Louisville Institute supports people who lead and study North American religious institutions, advancing scholarship that will contribute to church, academy, and the wider society.
To that end, the institute is inviting applications for its 2020-21 Project Grant for Researchers program. Through the program, grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to academic and pastoral leaders in support of research, reflection, and writing concerning Christian faith and life, the practice of ministry, and/or adaptive challenges confronting religious institutions in North America. In addition, grantees will be invited and encouraged — though not required — to attend the Institute's annual Winter Seminar. This three-day seminar, typically held during January (2021 dates TBD) on the campus of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, convenes grant recipients from four different Institute programs to share their project plans and receive constructive feedback.
A diverse range of projects are supported, including independent study, consultations, or collaborative projects involving pastors and academics. Proposed projects may employ a variety of methodological perspectives, including but not limited to historical, systematic and practical theology, the social sciences, history, ethics, or biblical studies. They may also be interdisciplinary in nature.
To be eligible, applicants must have earned the terminal degree in their chosen vocation, typically a Master of Divinity degree for pastors and typically the PhD or ThD for academics.
See the Louisville Institute website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and information about previous grantees.