Project Grant for Researchers – Available to Pastors and Faculty




Project Grant for Researchers – Available to pastors and faculty


 The Project Grant for Researchers (PGR) supports research, reflection, and writing by academics and pastors concerning Christian faith and life, the practice of ministry, and/or religious institutions. Grants of up to $30,000 support a diverse range of projects that may involve independent study, consultations, or collaboration between pastors and academics. Preference given to projects that show potential to generate reliable new data through empirical methods of inquiry and discovery.


 Applicants must have earned the terminal degree in their chosen vocation. For pastors, this is typically the Master of Divinity degree; for academics it is usually the Ph.D. or Th.D. Note that grant funding does not support tuition or degree program expenses. All applicants must demonstrate a capacity to complete the proposed project in a timely fashion. Current doctoral students may be eligible for a Theological Education Fellowship. 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 vitality of Christianity in North America. Previous LI grantees are eligible and encouraged to apply; however, all program and financial reports for any previous grants must be submitted prior to August 1. Applicants may only apply to one Louisville Institute grant program within the same grant year (June 1-May 31). Louisville Institute grantees may not simultaneously hold two grants from Lilly Endowment-funded organizations that total more than $45,000. Questions about eligibility may be sent to Jessica Bowman.


 Up to $30,000


Application Deadline: October 1, 2020


2021 Applications will be available by May 1, 2020