The Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Louisville Institute is now an application for the Postdoctoral Fellowship (PostDoc) Programs. The students who are currently enrolled in first or second year of doctoral study (Ph.D., Th.D, or D.Phil program) can apply for the Postdoctoral Fellowship. The purpose of the fellowship program is to support a two-year teaching experience in a theological school, chosen by the Louisville Institute, in consultation with the applicant.The Louisville Institute each year provides up to six awards of $25,000, plus insurance, housing and moving benefits to the winners.

The Louisville Institute is a Lilly Endowment-funded program based at Louisville Seminary supporting those who lead and study North American religious institutions. The fundamental mission of the Louisville Institute is to enrich the religious life of North American Christians.


To be eligible, candidate must:

  • Current occupation/profession is academic degree program
  • Enrolled in first or second year of doctoral study. Preference will be given to recent Ph.D. graduates
  • Have completed all Ph.D. work and received their degree by the time the postdoctoral fellowship begins in September
  • Former LI Dissertation Fellows are eligible to apply for the Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Scholars from the U.S. and Canada are eligible to apply, and the fellowship can be assigned to theological schools in the U.S. or Canada
  • Applicants should describe their commitment to the Christian church and theological education and suggest how their doctoral work has prepared them appropriately for a career in theological school teaching
  • Represent a variety of academic disciplines, including, but not limited to, history, ethics, the social sciences, biblical studies, and historical, systematic, and practical theology

How to Apply:

To apply for the Postdoctoral fellowship, candidate must create an account through the given link:

Supporting Documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae or resume
  • Application Essay: In 1,500 words (double-spaced and typed in a 12-point font), describe both your interest in theological school teaching and the relationship you see between the nature of your doctoral preparation and the challenge of theological education in the twenty-first century.
  • One official copy of each of your graduate and professional school transcripts sent by the institutions or dossier service directly to the Louisville Institute
  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Submitting Details:

Transcripts must be submitted in hard copy or via transcript service to

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • The program provides up to six awards of $25,000 (plus insurance, housing & moving benefits) each year.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships will provide a stipend of $25,000 per year for two years. Awardees will also receive housing, medical insurance and moving expenses
  • Postdoctoral Fellows will constitute a peer cohort along with two experienced co-mentors (one professor and one pastor). Each cohort meets six times over two years.

Application Deadline:

The annual application deadline is December 1, 2016.

Link for More Information:

Contact Information:

If candidates have any question about program, mail to

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