The First Book Grant for Scholars of Color (FBG) provides grants up to $40,000 to assist early career, pre-tenured religion scholars of color to complete a major research project about Christian faith and life, the practice of ministry, religious trends and movements, Christian and other faith-based institutions, and religion and social issues. Projects may be rooted in fields such as history, systematic and practical theology, social science, ethics, biblical studies, etc., or may be interdisciplinary in nature. Of particular interest to the Louisville Institute are projects that bridge academic scholarship and the life of the church in North America.
Applicants should be 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. The FBG typically buys a second term or semester of academic release that enables scholars to spend a full school year devoted to the research project free from teaching and administrative responsibilities. Grants awarded in the 2024 cycle will fund sabbaticals taking place during the 2024-2025 academic year, or during the 2025 calendar year.
First Book grantees also attend Winter Seminar, a three-day gathering in Louisville, KY, in which award recipients from four different Louisville Institute programs gather to share their projects and engage in valuable collaboration together. Winter Seminar for this grant cycle will take place January 22–24, 2025, and all related expenses for participants are paid by the Louisville Institute. Attending this event is a requirement for receiving a First Book Grant.
Read more about previous First Book grantees and their projects on our website.
Apply at https://louisville-institute.org/programs-grants-and-fellowships/grants/first-book-grant-for-scholars-of-color/?utm_source=mailchimp&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2023-24-applications&utm_content=fbg1