Other Grants



Application deadline: April 1 and October 1

Award: From experience, up to around $15,000. For some proposals, shared funding preferred.

Term: Variable

Description: The fund, known as the Priscilla and Stanford Reid Trust, welcomes applications from individuals, congregations, organizations and institutions for the purpose of promoting lectures, conferences, publications and other programs and projects that satisfy the objectives of the Trust and which also satisfy the conditions mandated by the Canada Revenue Agency for those holding charitable status.
Objectives: Promote education within the Presbyterian and Reformed tradition, scholarship assistance to worthy candidates who wish to pursue theological education or research, especially at a graduate level, welcome proposals which would foster a popular presentation of and appreciation for our Reformed theological heritage.

Website: http://reidtrust.com/



Pastoral Study Project

Application deadline: September 1, 2019 (Closed, check for updates)

Award: Up to $15,000

Term: January 1, 2019-June 30, 2020

Description: The Pastoral Study Project (PSP) awards pastoral leaders to pursue a pressing question related to Christian life, faith, and ministry. Grants are available for study projects involving full or partial leave from job responsibilities.

Website: https://louisville-institute.org/programs-grants-and-fellowships/grants/pastoral-study-project/

Project Grant for Researchers

Application deadline: October 1, 2019

Award: Up to $30,000

Term: Varies

Description: 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. The grants 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.

Website: https://louisville-institute.org/programs-grants-and-fellowships/grants/project-grant-for-researchers/

Sabbatical Grant for Researchers

Application deadline: November 1, 2019

Award: Up to $40,000

Term: Nine months to one year

Description: The Sabbatical Grant for Researchers (SGR) offers grants 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.

Website: https://louisville-institute.org/programs-grants-and-fellowships/grants/sabbatical-grant-for-researchers/

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Application deadline: December 1, 2019

Award: $25,000 per year, plus health insurance, housing, and moving benefits

Term: Two years

Description: The Postdoctoral Fellowship (PostDoc) programs provides up to six awards to support a visiting professorship in a theological school, college, or university setting. Louisville Postdoctoral Fellows are accompanied by an academic mentor and a pastoral mentor. Fellows also constitute a peer learning cohort that meets a total of six times over two years.

Website: https://louisville-institute.org/programs-grants-and-fellowships/fellowships/postdoctoral-fellowship/

First Book Grant for Minority Scholars

Application deadline: January 15, 2020

Award: Up to $40,000

Term: One year academic leave

Description: The First Book Grant for Scholars of Color (FBG) offers grants to assist early career, non-tenured religion scholars of color to complete a major research project on an issue in North American Christianity related to the priorities of the Louisville Institute.

Website: https://louisville-institute.org/programs-grants-and-fellowships/grants/first-book-grant-for-scholars-of-color/

Collaborative Inquiry Teams

Application Deadline: April 1

Award: Up to $45,000

Term: 18-36 months

Description: Louisville Institute’s Collaborative Inquiry Team (CIT) program supports teams of four to eight pastors and professors who propose projects to strengthen the life of North American Christian congregations. Teams explore together a living question currently confronting church and society.

Website: https://louisville-institute.org/programs-grants-and-fellowships/collaborative-inquiry-team/


The Wabash Center supports theology and religion faculty and doctoral students reflecting on their teaching practice — in both theological education and undergraduate education, in North America. We facilitate faculty conversations about the goals and processes of teaching and student learning. Our programming develops faculty skills for critical reflection on teaching practice.

 Grants for Projects Under $5000

Application deadline: Continuous

Award: Up to $5,000

Term: Varies

Description: The proposal specifically addresses a pedagogical question or problem.

Website: https://www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu/wabash-grants/small-project-grants/

 Project Grants

Application deadline: February 15

Award: Up to $30,000

Term: Varies

Description: The Wabash Center understands its grant projects as learning processes. Thus, as in other learning processes, a particular grant will design moments of exploration, discovery, learning, and response for those participating in the grant project.

In building a grant project, the project director should think of the presenting pedagogical issue as that which needs exploration and interrogation, and the activities of the grant project as the means by which this exploration is done.

The design should have an appropriate scaffold to facilitate learning and critical reflection, with moments of assessment built into the design so changes can be made, if necessary. It should also have a time of evaluative reflection at the end to assess what was learned during the course of the project.

Website: https://www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu/wabash-grants/project-grants/

Peer Mentoring Clusters

Application deadline: March 15, 2019 (Closed. Watch for updates.)

Award: Up to $7,500 to support small groups for peer-to-peer mentoring

Term: Varies

Description: Funds for mid-career faculty of color who have been participants in a past Wabash Center workshops or colloquies.

Peer Mentoring Clusters program supports faculty of color who are former participants in Wabash Center programming and want to gather a small group for further networking and vocational growth. (Only one of the cluster participants must have participated in a previous Wabash Center workshop or colloquy.)

Minoritized faculty face particular challenges and pressures, and can benefit from networks of peer-to-peer mentoring. Peer mentoring conversations can surface ways to meet the demands of mid-career teaching and administrative jobs, and can provide faculty of color with strategies not only to discern challenges and pressures, but to navigate them as well.

We hope that these peer-to-peer mentoring clusters will develop and deepen the sorts of conversations that are the mark of Wabash Center workshops and colloquies.

The form and focus of these conversations is open for the applicants to design, aligned (broadly speaking) with the teaching focus of the Wabash Center.

Website: https://www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu/wabash-grants/peer-mentoring/

Fellowship Program for Early Career Workshop Participants

Application deadline: August 15 the summer after the workshop

Award: $5,000

Term: One year

Description: The Wabash Center is committed to developing faculty members who are critically reflective about their teaching. Our Early Career Teaching and Learning workshops are designed to engage the participants in developing the craft of teaching, understanding one’s own teaching vocation, and analyzing how one’s institutional context shapes the work of the classroom.

The Workshop Fellowship Program extends this work by awarding a fellowship of $5000 to workshop participants for a teaching project that takes place in the academic year following the workshop.

Website: https://www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu/wabash-grants/workshop-fellowships/

Please let NIMER know about other research grant sources for Christian ministry researchers at [email protected].