- Theological Education
About this affiliate
The Louisville Institute's mission is to facilitate the five grant programs to support pastoral leaders and academics for the good of the church.
1044 Alta Vista Road
Louisville, KY 40205-1798
Tel: (502) 992-5432
Fax: (502) 894-2286
Terry C. Muck (Executive Director)
The principal function of our website is to provide information about the Louisville Institute's mission and grant programs, to facilitate the grant proposal process, and to provide basic information about previous grants and grant products. The latter task is facilitated by a robust search capacity linked to our database. We also post to our website news items related to our work, and maintain on it an archive of our "Intersections" newsletter.
One grant program supports thoughtful, reflective pastors by offering opportunities for renewal through pastoral study and inquiry:
The Pastoral Study Project Program offers pastoral leaders opportunity for reflection and inquiry on issues related to Christian faith and practice, religious institutions, and/or the practice of ministry. Grants of up to $15,000 are available for study projects involving full or partial leave from pastoral responsibilities.
Two grant programs support the development of a new generation of ecclesially-engaged, younger scholars for church and academy:
The First Book Grant Program for Minority Scholars assists junior, tenure-track religion scholars of color to complete a major research project on an issue pertaining to North American Christianity related to the priorities of the Louisville Institute. The maximum award is $40,000.
The Dissertation Fellowship Program offers grants of $19,000 to support the final year of Ph.D. or Th.D. dissertation writing for students engaged in research pertaining to North American Christianity, especially projects related to our current program priorities.
Two grant programs, based professionaly either in the academy or the church, support ecclesially-engaged work by scholar/researchers for the broader church:
The Project Grant for Researchers Program supports a diverse range of research and research-related projects undertaken in the interest of believing communities. Particularly attractive to the Louisville Institute are projects involving both academics and pastors in genuinely collaborative inquiry. All funded projects should involve substantial opportunity for learning that will benefit the church. Grant amounts up to $25,000 are available.
The Sabbatical Grant for Researchers Program assists 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. Both academics and pastors are encouraged to apply. All funded projects should involve substantial opportunity for learning that will benefit the church. Grant amounts up to $40,000 are available.