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Henry Luce III Fellows
    in Theology


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 program supports projects whose engagements extend into a variety of settings—from religious communities and academic fields to activist networks and media venues. Emphasis is placed on projects that cross religious, disciplinary, and geographic borders, and on scholarship that is theoretically sophisticated, historically informed, critically reflexive, and practically invested.

Particular attention is given to work that rethinks what theology is and reimagines its contemporary significance; to research that creatively examines received assumptions about religion, secularity, and public culture; and to projects located at the intersections of theological inquiry and the multidisciplinary study of religion.

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.

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

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Program Director: Dr. Jonathan VanAntwerpenPrior to joining the Luce Foundation, Jonathan served on the staff of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), where he was the founder and director of the Religion and the Public Sphere program, editor-in-chief of The Immanent Frame, and the director of the Digital Culture program. Originally trained at Calvin College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Jonathan is coeditor of a set of edited volumes on secularism, religion, and public life, and has for the past several years been a visiting scholar at New York University's Institute for Public Knowledge.

Program Assistant: Ms. Elizabeth Brennan
Elizabeth was hired as an Administrative Assistant in 1993. She had graduated with a degree in advertising art and computer graphics. After working for six years in sales and then for six years in insurance, she was drawn to the non-profit field. In previous years, she has assisted in many of areas of the Foundation, including Higher Education, the Henry R. Luce Professorship Program, Asia, the US-China Cooperative Program, the Luce Fund for Asian Studies, Public Affairs, and Administration and Finance.

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