The deadline to submit letters of inquiry for the brand-new Luce Fund for Theological Education is March 15. The Henry Luce Foundation is encouraging requests from seminaries and other organizations for amounts of $250,000 to $500,000. A select number of inquirers will be invited to present full proposals.

Over the last two decades, the theology program of the Henry Luce Foundation has sought to deepen attention to globalism, pluralism, and religious diversity in theological schools while also supporting interdisciplinary scholarship that promotes engagement with both the religious community and the general public. 

The foundation created the new fund last year in an effort to make its granting process for theological schools more streamlined and transparent. The best letters of inquiry will connect the proposed programs with the foundation's historic emphases: (1) collaborative, experimental, and potentially field-shaping initiatives; (2) curricular innovations and new pedagogical approaches; (3) inventive uses of digital technologies and new publication platforms; and (4) projects that are driven by faculty. 

Institutions eligible to apply include accredited U.S. seminaries and divinity schools, as well as other institutions and organizations that support the work of graduate theological education. Seminaries outside the United States may apply if they have nonprofit status recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. The foundation welcomes multi-institutional collaborations. 

For more information on the new Luce Fund and the foundation’s theology program, click here


Background image: Monolith of the Stone of the Sun, also named Aztec calendar stone (National Museum of Anthropology and History, Mexico City).