Sabbatical Grant for Researchers
Available to Faculty and Pastors
Sabbatical Grant for Researchers – Available to faculty and pastors
The Sabbatical Grant for Researchers (SGR) offers grants up to $40,000 to assist 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. Typically, applicants are fully employed in accredited academic institutions and eligible for up to a full academic year leave from teaching and administrative responsibilities.
The Sabbatical Grant for Researchers program is open to both academic and pastoral leaders who are based in the United States or Canada. While pastoral leaders are eligible to apply to the SGR program, their proposals are more likely to be competitive in the Pastoral Study Project program. For SGR, preference is given to applicants who are fully employed in accredited academic institutions and eligible for a full academic year leave from teaching and administrative duties. Applicants must have earned the terminal degree in their chosen vocation. For academics this is usually the PhD or ThD For pastors, it is typically the Master of Divinity degree. Note that grant funding does not support tuition or degree program expenses. 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. They may also be interdisciplinary in nature. All applicants should make clear how their project will contribute to the life of the church in North America and to the wider society. Previous LI grantees are eligible and encouraged to apply; however, all program and financial reports for any previous grants must be submitted prior to November 1.
Applicants may only apply to one Louisville Institute grant program within the same grant year (June 1-May 31). SGR applicants should normally be released from all professional duties during the specified grant period. Academic applicants should indicate in their proposals that they are eligible for a sabbatical leave and release from all teaching and administrative responsibilities during the grant year. Pastoral leaders should be released from all employment duties during the entire grant period. A letter of release must be submitted by the applicant’s dean, chairperson, or administrative supervisor to confirm release in the event a grant is awarded. Academic and pastoral applicants who cannot be released from all professional duties should indicate in their proposals how they plan to devote sufficient time to the proposed project.
Up to $40,000
Application Deadline: November 1, 2020
2021 Applications will be available by May 1, 2020