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Preparing Future Faculty Doctoral Program Grants

$50,000 grants to enhance the preparation of doctoral students as teachers at accredited Ph.D and Th.D programs of religious or theological studies in the United States and Canada

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Wabash Center Grants    

The Wabash Center provides funds for activities that enhance teaching and learning in the fields of religion and theology. It seeks to fund projects that promote a sustained conversation about pedagogy through the improvement of practical applications of teaching and learning methods, the encouragement of research and study of pedagogical issues, and the creation of a supportive environment for teaching. 

The grant program is concerned primarily with building the capacity of institutions and faculties for sustained pedagogical conversations. It also serves to empower and encourage others to initiate relevant change within their home institutions. In addition, all applications are expected to reference specific classroom practices and challenges. 

Grant Levels
Small Project Grants for amounts up to $5,000 (previously the maximum was $2,500) have a short application process and can be approved anytime throughout the year. Rolling Deadline

 Project Grants for amounts up to $30,000 require a full application process and are awarded at two different times during the year. Deadlines: March 1 and October 3

Annual Deadlines
• March 1
• October 3 
• Small Project Grants (up to $5,000) can be submitted at any time during the year.

Activities Funded
Projects might involve meetings of scholars across schools, regions, denominations, or subject areas to think about syllabi, teaching strategies, student learning styles, or teaching as a vocation. Or they might involve a single department experimenting with creative ways to enhance teaching or a doctoral institution helping their students prepare for teaching careers. We encourage interested applicants to propose creative projects that will enhance their particular teaching and learning contexts.

 Search Awarded Grants

Activities NOT funded by the Wabash Center:
• Routine curricular revision or course development
• International travel for research
• Attendance at disciplinary conferences
• The preparation of textbooks
• Research focused primarily on field content and only secondarily on teaching
• Publication of conference papers or books, or production costs of other media

Put most bluntly, the Wabash Center does not underwrite the ordinary, ongoing work of the scholarly community, much of which is already supported by other organizations and administered by existing schools or departments.

Eligibility Requirements
The Wabash Center gives grants to accredited universities, colleges, or seminaries in the United States and Canada and occasionally to non-profit organizations providing services to improve teaching and learning at institutions of higher education. The project director will ordinarily be a full-time faculty member in religion or theology. In colleges or universities without a department of religion or theology, we will consider, on a case-by-case basis, project directors from other departments whose primary teaching responsibility is in the area of religion.

Wabash Center Mission

Before spending considerable time and effort constructing a grant proposal, be sure that the proposed activities fit the Wabash Center's mission and fall within its stated guidelines.

Grant Coaching
The Wabash Center understands our grants program as a part of our overall teaching and learning mission. We are interested in not only awarding grants to excellent proposals, but also in enabling faculty members to develop and hone their skills as grant writers. Therefore we offer grant coaching for all faculty interested in submitting a Wabash Center Project Grant proposal. Contact Dr. Paul O. Myhre, Associate Director of the Wabash Center, about grant ideas or with a proposal draft for which you want feedback and response. There is no guarantee that a grant that has gone through our coaching process will be funded—funding decisions are made by a separate Advisory Committee—but we will help you present the project in the clearest and most coherent way.

How to Apply
Small Project Grant 
(up to $5,000)
 Project Grants (up to $30,000)

Dr. Paul O. Myhre
Associate Director, Wabash Center
(800) 655-7117

Types of Grants
Small Project Grants (up to $5,000)
Project Grants (up to $30,000)

Eligibility Requirements
Check to see if you are eligible before you apply.

Project Grants
Review these instructions at the outset, to familiarize yourself with the protocols and procedures of our grants program.

Small Project Grants
Shorter grant proposal process for grants up to $5000 and rolling deadline

Final Reports
Instructions for writing a final report after your grant project has been completed -- this is also helpful to review when you're writing your proposal and in the midst of your grant.

Budget Revision Requests
Instructions for requesting changes to a grant budget that has already been submitted and approved.

Search Awarded Grants
When preparing a grant proposal, we strongly recommend that you find and learn from previous projects.

Activities Not Funded
Projects must focus on teaching religion or theology in higher education, within the parameters of Wabash Center funding priorities.

Some Recently Awarded Grants
A synopsis of a few select grants awarded over the last year.

Grant Writing Aids
Web links, citations, and full text articles that instruct on the genre of grant writing.

Other Funding Sources
Links to other funding agencies for projects that fall outside the parameters of our grants program.

It is no exaggeration to say that the Wabash grant has changed our school profoundly by allowing us to implement real and tangible steps to make aspirations reality.
R. Todd Mangum
Biblical Theological Seminary

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