Luce Fund for Theological Education

Funding Agency:
Luce (Henry) Foundation

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.

  • Duke Internal Deadline: January 22, 2019
  • Inquiry letters may be submitted any time after January 1st, and must be received no later than March 15th. Only one proposed project may be submitted per institution.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • 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.
  • Proposals are not accepted from individuals.



Amount Description

  • Grant amounts of $250,000 to $500,000 will be considered.
  • Grants will ordinarily fund projects that can be completed within 2-3 years.

Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Curriculum Development

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* (Draft) Letter of Inquiry (LOI) LOIs should consist of no more than two pages. Letters should succinctly situate the work within a broader field, indicate how the project will advance that field, and display a commitment to ensuring the work’s long-term sustainability.
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)

Instructions for creating an account (if needed) and submitting your materials:


Internal Deadline

January 22, 2019

External Deadline

March 15, 2019