ANNUAL APPLICATION POSTMARK DEADLINE: February 1
The Dissertation Fellowship program is designed to support the final year Ph.D. or Th.D. dissertation writing for students engaged in research pertaining to North American Christianity, especially projects with the potential to strengthen the religious life of North American Christians and their institutions, including seminaries, while simultaneously advancing American religious and theological scholarship.
Applicants must be candidates for the Ph.D. or Th.D. degree who have fulfilled all pre-dissertation requirements, including approval of the dissertation proposal, by February 1 of the award year and expect to complete the dissertation by the end of the following academic year. The Fellowships are intended to support the final year of dissertation writing.
Proposed projects may employ a variety of methodological perspectives, including, but not limited to, history, ethics, the social sciences, biblical studies, and historical, systematic, and practical theology. They may also be interdisciplinary in nature.
In all its grantmaking, including the Dissertation Fellowship program, the Louisville Institute is interested in funding projects with the potential to strengthen the religious life of North American Christians and their institutions while simultaneously advancing American religious and theological scholarship. The Louisville Institute also has an interest in strengthening the quality of theological school teaching.
Applicants may not submit applications to more than one Louisville Institute grant or fellowship program within the same grant year (June 1-May 31).
Doctoral Fellows are encouraged to apply for the Dissertation Fellowship program. It is also open to outstanding students who may not intend to teach in theological education, but whose dissertation projects have the potential to strengthen the religious life of North American Christians and their institutions. Questions about eligibility may be sent to Pamala Collins firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application & Selection Procedure
Applicants must plan to complete their Ph.D. or Th.D. degree in the current academic year. Applicants should describe their commitment to the Christian church and theological education and suggest how their doctoral work has prepared them appropriately for a career in theological school teaching.
We prefer that you send application materials by uploading documents through our website in either *.pdf or *.doc format. Assemble all required documents and email addresses prior to beginning the online application process – which will prompt you to upload and submit your materials in one session. All digital documents must be submitted by the annual February 1 deadline. If you encounter problems with online submission contact Pamala Collins at email@example.com.
If you choose to send your entire proposal in hard copy, please assemble it in the order listed below (using paper clips, not staples) and mail to the Louisville Institute office, postmarked by the February 1 deadline. Note: all applicants must complete the online Applicant Information Form.
Applications should include:
- Applicant Information Form and Application Summary (Once this online application is submitted, you will be prompted to upload/complete remaining requirements.)
- Dissertation Fellowship Program Additional Information Form (Download this form as a guide only. Please complete this information online while submitting your application materials.)
- Copy of your current Curriculum Vitae or résumé (no more than 4 pages)
- Dissertation prospectus of no more than 5 to 7 pages (double-spaced and typed in a 12-point font, 2000 word limit) in which you articulate clearly the thesis of the dissertation, summarize its argument, and discuss its contribution to the study of religion in America and to the vitality of American religious life.
- Selective bibliography (2-3 pages double-spaced)
- One official copy of each of your graduate & professional school transcripts sent by the institutions or dossier service directly to the Louisville Institute.
Letters of Recommendation: When uploading your application materials for online submission, you will be asked to provide email addresses for your two recommenders. After you submit your application, the Louisville Institute will immediately email those persons with instructions for submitting their documents online. You will be notified via email as each person successfully submits a document. We advise applicants to contact their two recommenders well in advance to explain procedures and guidelines (below) so that completed letters can be promptly uploaded when requested by the Institute.
- Dissertation Advisor’s Letter of Recommendation: The applicant’s dissertation advisor will be asked to provide a letter that assesses the applicant’s doctoral work, the applicant’s dissertation topic and research to date, and the applicant’s promise for a vocation of teaching and scholarly research.
- Dissertation Second Letter of Recommendation: The second recommender should be chosen by applicant to speak specifically to applicant’s (1) personal qualities and commitments, (2) spiritual formation, (3) service to the church, and (4) scholarly promise.
With the exception of transcripts, we prefer that you send most application materials by either uploading documents through our website or by e-mail attachments in either *.pdf or *.doc format to firstname.lastname@example.org by the annual deadline of February 1.
- Transcripts must be submitted in hard copy.
- If you choose to send your entire proposal in hard copy, please assemble it in the order listed above using paper clips and not staples and mail to the office of the Louisville Institute by the annual deadline of February 1.
Duration of Award and Stipend
Dissertation Fellowships will provide a stipend of $22,000 for twelve months beginning in September. Fellowships are not renewable. All tuition, medical insurance, and required fees are the responsibility of the student.
Grantees may not accept other awards that provide a comparable stipend during the tenure of this fellowship nor may they undertake substantial outside employment (more than fifteen hours per week) without written permission. Persons who decline the offer of a Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship are ineligible to reapply in a subsequent year. The Dissertation Fellowship program has no residence requirement. In the year of their award, however, all fellows are expected to participate in one meeting at the Louisville Institute. Travel and lodging expenses for that meeting will be covered by the Louisville Institute. Please note that Louisville Institute grantees may not simultaneously hold two grants or fellowships from Lilly Endowment-funded organizations that total more than $45,000.
For further information on all Fellowships, please consult the Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions pages.