Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs Grants for Universities
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites proposals for grants of up to $60,000 each provided by the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs. The grants will support efforts to catalyze collaborations at universities with strengths in the study of religion, journalism and media, and international affairs. The program is made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation.
The Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs (RJIA) aims to increase the presence of scholarship on religion in journalistic training and practice and to encourage greater interaction between scholars of religion and journalists covering international affairs. RJIA is a two-pronged initiative: one component of this program offers grants to support cross-sector collaborations at universities with strengths in the study of religion, journalism and media, and international affairs; the second component is a competition for research fellowships awarded to humanities and social science scholars engaged with the study of religion who wish to develop the capacities and interdisciplinary networks necessary to relate their specialist knowledge to media and policy audiences interested in the world affairs.
- Who may apply: Project’s principal investigator must be a scholar in a field of the humanities and social sciences or journalism. Projects must be hosted by a US-based university.
- Award amount: Up to $60,000.
- Deadline: March 23, 2017
- Notification timeline: Awards will be announced by early May 2017.
Applications should outline both the intellectual and programmatic ambitions of the project as well as the logistical basis for its success. Applications must include the following components (all of which should be formatted in Times New Roman, size 11 font, and double spaced):
- An abstract of the proposed project (250 words);
- A proposal (of no more than eight double-spaced pages). The narrative should explain the proposed project in relation to the goals of RJIA. It should explain, briefly but specifically, what the project participants plan to do and why. Applicants should balance the description of specific work plans against an overview of the goals and the overall contribution the project will make toward improving connections between scholarship on religion and journalistic training and practice. Furthermore, proposals should explicitly state the means and tools to be used to execute the project, and should demonstrate how project plans will articulate with current faculty research, curricula, and/or public programming. Proposals also should provide a brief, descriptive title, and label sections of the narrative as appropriate to assist readers.
- A project timeline (no more than two pages). The timeline should outline the development and execution of the project, and include a description of tasks to be accomplished within the grant period.
- A budget plan (no more than two pages). The budget should provide a detailed account of the proposed use of the grant funds. RJIA does not require that any project participants take a supported research leave (such as course buyout), although grant funds may be used toward this purpose if desired. If grant funds will support course buyout or another type of research leave for project team members, the budget must itemize the funds dedicated toward the salary and benefits replacement of each relevant team member. Grant funds may not pay for institutional overhead; however, direct administrative costs, such as office expenses and an honorarium for office assistance, are allowed. The budget plan should also reflect any proposed cost-sharing measures undertaken by the project’s host institution or a third party. (These shared costs may include any that the institution may bear in providing work space or access to other campus resources for RJIA fellows in residence during the 2018-19 academic year.)
- A list of the names and institutional affiliations of members of the project team and a description of each member’s role and capacities on the project. Include two-page CVs for principal investigator and other project leaders.
- An institutional statement of support from a senior administrator at the institution (e.g., dean, provost, or president). This statement should confirm that the institution's existing infrastructure can support the activities to be undertaken. Though two or more institutions may serve as sites for funded grant activities, one must serve as the lead institution and administer all grant funds.
Applications should be submitted as e-mail attachments in pdf or Word document format no later than Tuesday, March 23, 2017 to RJIA@acls.org. Please send all program inquiries and questions to the same address.
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