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Theology Application Guidelines

These are the application guidelines for the Theology Program. Before beginning the application process, you should familiarize yourself with the overview and history of the program, as well as with the Foundation’s general guidelines.

The Luce Foundation's Theology program aims to advance understanding of religion and theology. Through grants to seminaries, divinity schools, and research universities, the program supports the work of scholars, cultivates the next generation of leaders, and promotes public engagement.

The Theology Program currently supports projects in three grant categories: the Luce Fund for Theological Education, an RFP for research universities, and responsive grants.

Luce Fund for Theological Education

With emphasis on the challenges of public engagement, within and across multiple religious traditions, and in a variety of different contexts, the Luce Fund is structured as an open competition for seminaries, divinity schools, and other institutions that support graduate theological education.

See the full description of the Luce Fund for Theological Education.

Advancing Public Scholarship on Religion and Theology (Request for Proposals)

The Theology Program invites inquiries for university-based projects that are centrally animated by faculty members based at research institutions. Deadline for LOIs is October 15, 2018.

See the full Request for Proposals.

Responsive Grants

For more information regarding the Theology Program's thematic emphases, see the overview and history of the program.

Letters of inquiry can be submitted at any time through our online portal. Should you have questions in advance of completing the Letter of Inquiry, you may e-mail them to

Eligibility Requirements and Restrictions

Responding to the diverse sector of North American institutions dedicated to graduate and professional education in theology and religion, the program provides support for seminaries and divinity schools, research universities and university-based centers, and a limited number of independent media organizations.

The program does not provide direct grant support for individuals or individual research projects.

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