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Grants to USA Investigators at IHEs for Projects that Explore Religion and Faith Among Journalism Students or Professionals

Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs Collaborative Programming Grants

GrantWatch ID# 193231
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the Henry Luce Foundation
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Important Dates
Deadline: 02/15/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $45,000 to USA investigators affiliated with IHEs for collaborative projects that further the knowledge and understanding of religion among journalism students, departments, and professionals. Funding is intended to foster innovative scholarly projects that explore religion and humanities in a global context and strengthen its appeal to journalists and the media.

Grant activities: Proposals are sought for collaborative projects hosted at US-based accredited institutions of higher education with research and curricular strengths in journalism and communication and in the humanistic and social science fields concerned with the study of global religions (including, but not limited to, anthropology, area studies, history, languages and literature, political science, religious studies, and sociology). ACLS will award grants of up to $45,000 to institutions proposing interdisciplinary or cross-institutional collaborations that connect scholarship on religion to journalistic training and practice.

While the grants may support one or more of a broad range of objects for funding, applicants must propose activities that connect humanities and social science programs within their institution to journalism schools, departments, initiatives, or to external media organizations. Applicants are encouraged to propose activities that build on or extend current curricular and research strengths in relevant disciplinary areas. Successful approaches to such work might include a multimodal slate of campus programming that brings together journalists and religion scholars in workshops, seminars, courses, and public events; a symposium that blends thematic reflections on global religions with practice-oriented sessions on reaching out to audiences beyond the academy; or a course that offers humanities or social science students and/or faculty hands-on training as religion reporters. Proposals may propose a combination of approaches provided that applications demonstrate how the proposed activities complement one another.


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
The project's principal investigator must be a scholar in a field of the humanities or social sciences or journalism. Proposed grant activities must connect humanities and social science programs with journalism departments, schools, or initiatives on the same campus, or with the work of an external media organization. Projects must be hosted by a US-based accredited institution of higher education.

Pre-Application Information
Deadline: February 15, 2023

Applications should be submitted as e-mail attachments in pdf or Word document format.

Notification timeline: Awards will be announced by April 2023.

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $45,000

Term of Contract
Grants may support projects of 12-18 months in duration. Projects must be initiated between July 1, 2023 and August 31, 2023 and completed no later than February 28, 2025.

Contact Information
Applications should be submitted to

Please send all program inquiries and questions to the email address listed above.

American Council of Learned Societies
633 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017-6706
Telephone: 212-697-1505

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