Grawemeyer Award in Religion

Funding Agency:
University of Louisville

The Louisville Grawemeyer Award honors highly significant contributions to religious and spiritual understanding. By “religion” we mean, to paraphrase a classic definition by William James, the feelings, acts and experiences of humans insofar as they apprehend themselves to stand in relation to whatever they consider the divine. The purpose of the Award is to honor and publicize annually creative and constructive insights into the relationship between human beings and the divine, and ways in which this relationship may inspire or empower human beings to attain wholeness, integrity or meaning, either individually or in community.

This award is granted by both the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the University of Louisville to those who have presented ideas with the potential to bring about change in the world through religion.

Deadline for Nominations: Jan. 15, 2020

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Any work (book, address, essay, etc.) presented or published in 2014 or subsequently will be eligible for consideration for the 2021 award. Nominations are invited from religious organizations, appropriate academic associations, religious leaders and scholars, presidents of universities or schools of religion, publishers and editors of scholarly journals. Self-nominations will not be accepted or considered. There will be no discrimination based on religious affiliation or belief or lack thereof. The Award Committee encourages submissions from a wide variety of intellectual and/or religious perspectives. Previous winners are not eligible for subsequent awards.



Amount Description

The Grawemeyer Award in Religion is accompanied by a prize of $100,000, which is presented in full during the awards ceremony.

Funding Type


Duke Awardees

2015: Rev. Dr. Willie James Jenning




Arts & Humanities
Social Sciences

External Deadline

January 15, 2020