The Louisville Institute

The Louisville Institute
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The Louisville Institute is a Lilly Endowment-funded program based at Louisville Seminary supporting those who lead and study American religious institutions. The fundamental mission of the Louisville Institute is to enrich the religious life of American Christians and to encourage the revitalization of their institutions, by bringing together those who lead religious institutions with those who study them, so that the work of each might inform and strengthen the other.

The Louisville Institute seeks to fulfill its mission to bring together religious leaders and academics through three separate but related programs: 1) grantmaking, 2) fellowships in theological education, and 3) collaborative inquiry.

Grants

The grantmaking program seeks to support both research and inquiry by scholar/pastors and scholar/educators that strengthen the religious life of North American Christians and their institutions while simultaneously advancing American religious and theological scholarship. The Louisville Institute currently offers four grant programs:

Fellowships

The Louisville Institute offers three fellowships in theological education as part of its Vocation of the Theological Educator Initiative:

  • Doctoral Fellowships support a two-year, nonresidential cohort of Ph.D./Th.D. students who are considering theological education as their vocation.
  • Dissertation Fellowships support the final year of Ph.D. or Th.D. dissertation writing for students engaged in research pertaining to North American Christianity. As part of the VTE Initiative, this program supports but is not limited to scholars who intend a career in theological education.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships provide promising recent graduates a two-year teaching internship in a theological school.

Collaborative Inquiry

The Collaborative Inquiry program supports teams of four to six pastors and professors who propose projects to strengthen the life of North American Christian congregations. Each team will spend three years exploring together a question of vital importance to the church. For this round of funding, we are particularly interested in projects that investigate some aspect of the economy, health care, or peacemaking. All funded projects should involve substantial opportunity for learning that will benefit the church by addressing a living question the church faces in each of these areas.

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New Lilly Endowment Grant Supports Louisville Institute

Louisville Institute Supports Pastoral Study and Collaborative Inquiry

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Recent Grants

Following are links to the summaries of some recent grants that you might find of interest. The featured grants change frequently, so be sure to check back from time to time in order to see what the Louisville Institute is funding.

  • Rethinking Transitional Ministry
    Norman Bendroth
    The New England Pastoral Institute
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  • Evolution of God
    Christopher Carlisle
    Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts
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  • Evolution of God
    Christopher Carlisle
    Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts
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  • Embracing the Body: A Multicultural Bible Study
    Carrie Scott
    Ray-Thomas Memorial Presbyterian Church
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  • From Baptist Pastor to Social Leader
    Edgar Palacios
    Calvary Baptist Church
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  • Preaching as Poetry in an Age of Math
    Paul Wilson
    Emmanuel College, University of Toronto
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