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Louisville Institute Provides Grant Opportunities for Clergy, Religious Scholars

Funded by 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 wider society. LI grants and fellowships support three strategic constituencies: pastors; early career scholars; and senior researchers and scholars. Learn about these and other grant offerings on the organization’s website at

The Pastoral Study Project (PSP) awards pastoral leaders up to $15,000 to pursue a pressing question related to Christian life, faith, and ministry. These grants allow time and resources to engage in study and research. Application deadline: September 1, 2019. More about this grant:

The Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship (PostDoc) does much more than only supports a two-year visiting professorship. It carefully places early career scholars in teaching opportunities with academic mentors, pastoral mentors and a peer learning cohort to encourage and challenge. These cohorts are an invaluable place where fellows can learn and support one another in the journey of theological education. Application deadline: December 1, 2019. More about this fellowship:

The First Book Grant for Scholars of Color has provided $2.1 million in grants since 2003. This grant supports early career, non-tenured religion scholars of color with grants to complete a major research project on an issue in North American Christianity. Application deadline: January 15, 2020. More about this grant:

Would you or someone you know who would benefit from the Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship? If so, share this opportunity! Application deadline: February 1, 2020. More about this fellowship:

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