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.
Through its Pastoral Study Project program, the institute offers pastoral leaders the gift of time and resources to investigate issues related to the Christian life of faith, North American religious practices and institutions, and/or major challenges facing contemporary society. Through the program, grants of up to $15,000 over up to eighteen months will be awarded in support of independent or collaborative study projects that privilege pastoral perspectives and honor grassroots research conducted by skilled clergy. PSP grantees selected in 2019 are required to attend a Pastoral Study Consultation hosted by the Louisville Institute at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in February 2020. (The institute will pay for travel and lodging expenses to attend the gathering.)
Eligible applicants include U.S. and Canadian Christian clergy, church staff members, chaplains, denominational staff, nuns/sisters/brothers, members of monastic communities, and others regularly employed in recognized positions of pastoral leadership, ordained and lay. The program is also open to ordained ministers who are not currently employed by a religious organization.
See the Louisville Institute website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and previously awarded grants.