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Louisville Institute - First Book*

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January 16, 2024

The Louisville Institute’s First Book Grant Program for Minority Scholars seeks to assist junior, non-tenured religion scholars of color to complete a major research and book project focused on some issue pertaining to American Christianity related to the priorities of the Louisville Institute.

The program seeks to enable scholars to spend an entire academic year devoted to that research project while free of other professional responsibilities. In keeping with its fundamental mission, the Louisville Institute is especially interested in identifying and supporting scholars of color who seek through their academic work to be in conversation with church leaders and to strengthen their faith communities.

The grant amount requested should not exceed $40,000. Awards for sabbatical leaves of less than a full academic year will not be made.

Eligible candidates: 
  • are self-identified persons of color
  • have earned a terminal research degree, typically a Ph.D. or Th.D.
  • are pre-tenured faculty members working in full-time, tenure-track or renewable contract/continual academic positions at accredited institutions of higher education (seminary, theological school, or college/university) in the United States or Canada
  • can negotiate release time of up to a full academic year free from teaching and administrative responsibilities
  • are engaged in a scholarly research project leading to publication of their first book, or a second book if necessary for tenure at their institution
  • may work in various fields such as history, systematic and practical theology, social science, ethics, biblical studies, etc., or be interdisciplinary

Additional eligibility information:
Doctoral students are not eligible for a First Book Grant but may be eligible for one of the fellowship programs.

Grant information was last reviewed by our staff on 5/1/2024
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