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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, and in November 2017 nine new Luce Fund grants were announced. New Letters of Inquiry to the Luce Fund are accepted annually between January 1 and March 15.

Please read the information provided below before applying through our online portal.

Should you have questions in advance of completing the Letter of Inquiry, you may e-mail them to

Application Calendar

January 1st - Competition and online portal open for submissions
March 15th - Deadline for institutions to complete the Letter of Inquiry form online
June 15th - Deadline for selected institutions to submit full proposals through the online portal
November - Awards are announced

Eligibility Requirements and Restrictions

  • 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.
  • Grant amounts of $250,000 to $500,000 will be considered.
  • Grants ordinarily fund projects that can be completed within 2-3 years.
  • Only one proposed project may be submitted per institution.
  • Funded projects may 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

Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard, III, President, Louisville Seminary

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

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