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Luce Fund for Theological Education

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Luce Fund for Theological Education

The Luce Fund for Theological Education supports the development of new models of teaching and learning, research and publication, leadership development and educational program design. Structured as an open competition for seminaries, divinity schools, and other institutions that support graduate theological education, the Fund places central emphasis on the challenges of public engagement, within and across multiple religious traditions, and in a variety of different contexts.

The Foundation especially encourages: inquiries that are linked to the Theology program’s historic emphases; collaborative, experimental, and potentially field-shaping initiatives; curricular innovations and new pedagogical approaches; inventive uses of digital technologies and new publication platforms; and projects that are centrally animated by faculty—the teachers and scholars whose efforts are vital to the future of theological education.

For further information on thematic emphases, see the overview and history of the Theology program.

In November 2016, the Foundation announced six inaugural grants from the Luce Fund for Theological Education. The Theology program will begin welcoming new inquiries to the Luce Fund in early 2017. Letters of inquiry may be submitted any time after January 1st, and must be received no later than March 15th.


  • Any accredited seminary or divinity school in the United States is eligible to submit a letter of inquiry. Institutions of various sizes, from smaller seminaries to larger schools of theology, are encouraged to apply.
  • Other institutions and organizations that primarily support the work of graduate theological education are also eligible to submit a letter of inquiry.
  • Seminaries outside of the United States may submit appropriate projects for consideration only if they provide evidence of non-profit status acceptable to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
  • Multi-institutional collaborations are welcome. The lead grantee and administrative base for the proposed project must be an eligible institution of theological education.
  • Proposals are not accepted from individuals.


  • Letters of inquiry should consist of no more than two pages. Letters should succinctly situate the work within a broader field, indicate how the project will advance that field, and display a commitment to ensuring the work’s long-term sustainability.
  • Grant amounts of $250,000 to $500,000 will be considered.
  • Grants will ordinarily fund projects that can be completed within 2-3 years.
  • Inquiry letters may be submitted any time after January 1st, and must be received no later than March 15th.
  • Inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Jonathan VanAntwerpen, and sent via email attachment to:
  • The Foundation will respond to all letters of inquiry by May 1st.
  • Only one proposed project may be submitted per institution.
  • A select number of inquiring institutions will be invited to submit full proposals.


  • Proposals will only be accepted from applicants who have previously sent, and received a positive response to, a letter of inquiry.
  • The deadline for the receipt of proposals is June 15th.
  • Specific guidelines will be sent to those institutions invited to submit full proposals.
  • Approved proposals will be announced in November, with funded projects to begin no earlier than January of the following year.

Advisory Committee

The Foundation will be assisted in its review of inquiries and proposals by an advisory committee:

Dr. David Greenhaw, President and Professor of Preaching and Worship, Eden Theological Seminary

Dr. Jan Love, Dean and Professor of Christianity and World Politics, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Dr. Ingrid Mattson, London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies, Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario

Dr. Alton B. Pollard, III, Dean and Professor of Religion and Culture, Howard University School of Divinity

Dr. Diane Winston, Knight Chair in Media and Religion, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California

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