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 Sabbatical Grant for Researchers program. Through the program, grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded in support of major research and writing projects that promise to advance religious and theological scholarship in ways that also address practical issues concerning Christian faith and life, pastoral leadership, and/or religious institutions.
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 the seminary, convenes grant recipients from four different Institute programs to share their project plans and receive constructive feedback.
The selection committee gives preference to studies that show potential for inquiry and discovery, and for analyzing reliable new data, rather than repacking conventional knowledge.
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). Applicants may be based in the United States or Canada. Preference will be given to applicants who are fully employed in accredited academic institutions and eligible for a full academic year leave from teaching and administrative duties.
See the Louisville Institute website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and information about previous grantees.