Trans-Institutional Grants

All professional and graduate students from the VU schools are eligible to apply for individual grants of $250 to $1000 to explore small projects on public theology and racial justice.

Divinity and GDR Grants

These are small grants that are available to Divinity and GDR students for independent research projects related to public theology and racial justice. Grants from $250 to $1,000 may be awarded depending on the complexity and scope of the project. The Collaborative (program director, associate director and planning committee) will select the recipients.

Co-curricular program director grants

The four VDS co-curricular program directors for the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions, the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality, the Kelly Miller Institute for Black Church Studies, and the Religion in the Arts and Contemporary Culture are eligible for one grant each of $10,000.

Collaborative Fellows

These large grants available to Divinity and GDR students are a one-time stipend of $5,000 to $10,000, not tied to financial aid.  Collaborative Fellows are selected by the director, associate director, and the Planning Committee through an application process.  The fellows are supervised by the associate director and may work with a faculty member on a project or with a local community organization to develop a project that addresses the pressing issues facing the community.  Fellows must produce a project with an impact that relates directly to the Collaborative.  These projects represent a longer-term effort that requires significant time commitment and focus.  At the project’s culmination, fellows will hold a community-wide presentation to demonstrate the outcomes of their project and its impact on public theology and racial justice (this may be a talk, performance, or report that engages VDS and VU communities and wider public in an open forum).

Selection based on:

  • proposal strength, impact on public theology and racial justice

  • previous course work

  • area of academic focus

  • faculty recommendation

  • scope of the project