Religion in International Affairs

Religion in International Affairs

Program Update

As of January 2021, the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs is no longer accepting unsolicited inquiries. We encourage applicants interested in the topic of religion in global perspective to consult the grantmaking guidelines of the Luce Foundation’s Religion and Theology Program.

Program Aims

The Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion in International Affairs was launched in June 2005 to provide intellectual leadership, develop new paradigms for research and teaching, create new resources and networks, and enhance public understanding of and discussion about religion in the international sphere.

Since its inception, the initiative has supported projects that draw on scholarly expertise to foster and disseminate more nuanced, contextualized and dynamic understandings of religion in global public life, politics and policy. Projects have explored the role of religion in domains including conflict and peace-building, environment and sustainability, political economy and development, geopolitics, health and education, gender, race and sexuality, law and human rights, social movements, migration and humanitarianism.

Since 2005, the initiative has awarded more than 200 grants, totaling $58 million, to academic, public policy and media organizations. It has fostered collaborations across these sectors and encouraged the development of sustainable conversations and relationships between colleagues and institutional partners in many parts of the world.

At universities, such efforts have involved work across disciplines and programs, bringing together faculty and graduate students in fields such as international relations, anthropology, religious studies, politics, rhetoric and communication, journalism, and area studies.

The initiative has also supported collaborative efforts linking scholarship, journalism, and a variety of media platforms, as the media is often a bridge between the university and the policy world. Other grants have sought to deepen understanding of how the media and new digital technologies are shaping both religious practices and knowledge about religion and politics.

Policy-focused projects typically have reached beyond the organizations where they are based to engage with scholars, public intellectuals, journalists and other relevant partners, both in the U.S. and abroad.

The initiative’s grantmaking will conclude in 2021. In 2022, we plan to launch a new digital platform that will highlight the work of our grantees and make resources available to a broader community, while serving as a hub and catalyst for fresh thinking and conversations about the role of religion in international affairs.

Recent Grants

For a Digital Platform on Religion in International Affairs
Social Science Research Council|Brooklyn, New York, United States
2021Religion in International Affairs$1,000,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
For the project, “The Arab World’s Accelerating Transformation.”
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace|Washington, District of Columbia, United States
2021Religion in International Affairs$220,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
For the project, “From Nation to Homeland: Religion, State and Belonging in South Asia.”
University of California, Berkeley|Berkeley, California, United States
2021Religion in International Affairs$370,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
To support the production of the book, The Uyghurs of Kashgar
Documentary Educational Resources, Inc.|Watertown, Massachusetts, United States
2021Religion in International Affairs$20,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
For a project on new approaches to engaging religion in U.S. Foreign Policy.
George Mason University|Fairfax, Virginia, United States
2021Religion in International Affairs$150,000 View Grant Details Icon - Link Out
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A Case for De-emphasizing Religion in US Foreign Policy
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