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Louisville Institute Accepting Applications for Pastoral Research Projects


The Louisville Institute offers pastoral leaders the opportunity and resources to investigate issues related to Christian life, faith, and ministry. Through its Pastoral Study Project program, the institute enables pastoral leaders to bracket daily work routines in order to pursue a pressing and significant question for the life of faith.

Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded in support of independent or collaborative study projects that privilege pastoral perspectives and rhythms and honor grassroots research conducted by skilled clergy.  PSP grantees may use a variety of platforms to share what they learn with a wider audience, extending their leadership in ways that can benefit the broader church and culture in North America.

The program is open to Christian clergy, church staff members, chaplains, denominational staff, and others regularly employed in recognized positions of pastoral leadership (both ordained and lay). It is also open to ordained ministers who are not currently employed by a religious organization. The PSP grant is restricted to pastoral leaders in the United States and Canada. Pastoral leaders who have previously received Louisville Institute grants are eligible and encouraged to apply.

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Louisville Institute Accepting Applications for First Book Grant for Minority Scholars


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 grant program is designed to enable scholars to spend an entire academic year devoted to that research project while free of other professional responsibilities. In keeping with its fundamental mission, the Louisville 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 the recipients, but no indirect costs to the institution will be allowed under the program.

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Louisville Institute Invites Academic and Pastoral Researchers to Apply for Sabbatical Grants Program


The Sabbatical Grants for Researchers program at the Louisville Institute aims to identify and support ecclesiastically engaged academics and intellectually astute pastoral and religious leaders whose scholarly research work can contribute to the vitality of Christianity in North America. The program is designed to bring pastors and academics together and help them share their insights into the life of churches.

The program supports year-long sabbatical research and writing projects that will advance religious and theological scholarship in ways that also address practical issues concerning Christian faith and life, pastoral leadership, and/or religious institutions. Ordinarily applicants will be fully employed at accredited academic institutions and will be eligible for up to a full academic year of leave from teaching. Pastoral applicants are also encouraged to apply.

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. Projects also may be interdisciplinary but must demonstrate relevance to improving the life of churches in North America.

Louisville Institute grant programs are open to both academic and pastoral leaders. Applicants must have earned the terminal degree in their chosen vocation (e.g., M.Div., Ph.D., Th.D.). For pastors, this is typically the Master of Divinity degree; for academics it is usually the Ph.D. or Th.D. Generally, applicants should be released from all professional duties during the grant period.

Grants of up to $40,000 are available. Applicants may not submit applications to more than one Louisville Institute grant program within the same grant year.

For More Information, click here:Link to Complete RFP


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