Funded by the Lilly Endowment and based at the Louisville Seminary, the Louisville Institute supports people who lead and study North American religious institutions, advancing scholarship that contributes to church, academy, and the broader 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. To advance this mission, grants of up to $15,000 over 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.
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.