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Henry Luce III Fellowships

The Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology program is designed to encourage high-quality research that promises both to contribute to theological inquiry and to provide leadership in theological scholarship. Since its inception in 1994, the program has funded intellectually rigorous research projects that emphasize the interdisciplinary character of theological scholarship and education, and address the needs of the academy, communities of faith, and the wider society. The fellowship enables each Fellow to conduct yearlong research in one of several areas of theological inquiry. In addition, Fellows present their findings at a yearly conference, and in both scholarly and popular journals. For more than two decades, the Henry Luce Foundation has supported this program. With the selection of the 2017-18 class of Fellows and the Luce Fellows Conference in the fall of 2018, the program will come to a conclusion. With additional funding from Luce, ATS will host a variety of capstone events through 2019 that will both celebrate the extraordinary contributions of the Luce Fellows program and explore future directions for theological scholarship.

  • Bible and the Church: to probe the theological dimensions of Scripture in its historical contexts and how these dimensions relate to and inform current religious and societal issues. 
  • Christianity and Contemporary Culture: to explore the moral and ethical dimensions and challenges of Christianity in contemporary North American culture(s). 
  • Christianity and World Religions/World Christianity: to consider the growing role of Christianity beyond the North American context and the global implications of world religions for current religious and societal issues.
  • Constructive Theology: to examine theological perspectives that address critical issues relevant to congregational and public life. 
  • History of Christianity and the Church Today: to investigate the history of Christian practices and thought and the implications they have for contemporary Christian communities. 
  • Ministry and Practice of Communities of Faith: to assess the impact that past or present practices of ministry and leadership (e.g., congregational life, worship, homiletics, counseling) have on church life today. 

Interdisciplinary research and research appropriate to the multiple audiences and diverse discourses of theological scholarship are particularly encouraged. Applicants to The Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology program must be full-time faculty at ATS accredited or candidate schools.

Former Grant Recipients

Applicants should consider checking the list of former grant recipients when seeking information regarding the range and kind of proposals that have been funded in the past.


Research that has emerged in book form from the Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology grant program. Bibliography is in progress.