The Louisville Institute's First Book Grant Program for Minority Scholars assists junior, non-tenured religion scholars of color working to complete a major research project on an issue in North American Christianity related to the priorities of the Louisville Institute. The program is designed to enable scholars to spend an entire academic year devoted to their research project while free of other professional responsibilities.
In keeping with its fundamental mission, the institute is especially interested in identifying and supporting scholars of color who seek through their academic work to be in conversation with church leaders and to strengthen their faith communities.
Applicants must be members of a racial/ethnic minority group; have an earned doctoral degree (normally the Ph.D. or Th.D.); be a pre-tenured faculty member in a full-time tenure-track position at an accredited institution of higher education (seminary, college, or university) in North America; be able to negotiate a full academic year free from teaching and committee responsibilities; and be engaged in a scholarly research project leading to the publication of a first (or second) book focused on some aspect of Christianity in North America. The term "racial/ethnic minority group" includes African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, and Pacific Islanders.
The grant amount requested should not exceed $40,000. Awards for sabbatical leaves of less than a full academic year will not be made. Normally, the Louisville Institute will pay the grant directly to the institutions of those selected, but no indirect costs to the institution will be allowed under the program.
Complete program guidelines and application procedures are available at the Louisville Institute website.