Lake Institute helps to promote the emerging field of faith and philanthropy through multiple fellowship opportunities. We support graduate students through Graduate Assistantships at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy as well as an annual dissertation scholarship. We promote the work of young and established scholars through research collaborations and workshops on issues in the field. We continue to strive to make our Professional Development affordable to as many leaders as possible through raising scholarship support.
Grants & Scholarships
Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
This $22,000, one-year grant given annually provides a stipend to an emerging scholar whose primary research focuses on religion and philanthropy or faith and giving. It is intended to support the final year of dissertation writing for a doctoral candidate at a U.S. graduate school.
- Required criteria for applicants
- Be a candidate for a Ph.D. degree at a graduate school in the United States
- Fulfill a pre-dissertation requirement by December 31 of the year applying, including approval of the dissertation proposal with the expectation that the dissertation will be completed no later than July of the year following the fellowship grant year
- Must not have received a similar grant or fellowship for writing of the dissertation
- Submit application and other requested documents by January 31
- Fellowship benefits
- Receive three stipend payments totaling $22,000
- Be invited to special research-focused Lake Institute engagements
- Have the opportunity to take advantage of the Lake Institute’s resources and expertise
- Share your research through our website and citations in our seminars
- How to apply
The application process will open in October. All application materials must be received by January 31, 2016. Applications must include the following:
- Application form
- Executive summary
- No longer than 15 pages summarizing your topic and its relevance for the understanding of an important question(s) or issue(s) related to religion and philanthropy or faith and giving. Please write this executive summary so that scholars outside of your discipline would not have difficulty comprehending your proposal.
- Copy of the approved dissertation proposal
- Describing the proposed work, demonstrating relevance to the field of religion and philanthropy, describing source materials and their availability, commenting on any special skills or interests you have for carrying out the proposed work, and giving a clear statement of the research or scholarly methodology to be employed.
- A selected bibliography
- No longer than two pages, double-spaced, indicating the major theoretical, practical and critical works that bear on your dissertation. “Selected” means you should include those works that most clearly demonstrate your command of the scholarship necessary to write the proposed dissertation. In most cases this will already be part of your proposal.
- A timetable
- Detailing your chapter outline, your progress to date, and your schedule for the fellowship year. It should be no longer than one page, double-spaced.
- Three letters of recommendation
- One from your dissertation director and two from faculty members familiar with your work
- Official transcript from the graduate school which will award the Ph.D. degree
The Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship was a tremendous boost to my studies. Their financial support allowed me to do field research in Africa and write a much stronger dissertation than I otherwise could have done. And my association with the institute has introduced me to a new network of practitioners and scholars. I’m very grateful for the Lake Institute’s support of my work.Allison Schnable, 2012 Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship recipient, Princeton University
2015 Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship recipient
Shai Dromi is a doctoral candidate at Yale University in the department of sociology. He is a junior fellow at the Yale Center for Comparative Research, the Yale Center for Cultural Sociology, and the Macmillan Center Initiative on Religion, Politics, and Society. His main research interests are the intersection of religion, politics, morality, and culture. He is particularly interested in the ways collectively held ideas about morality generate and shape new political and institutional arrangements. Dromi is a native of Jerusalem, where he lived for most of his life. Before coming to Yale, he completed a B.A. in sociology, cultural anthropology, and communication and an M.A. in sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Dromi’s dissertation working title is The Cultural Transformations of Long-Distance Humanitarianism in the Late 19th Century. In his dissertation, Dromi studies the genesis and development of the humanitarian international nonprofit organizations (INGOs) sector.
- 2014—Chris Taylor
Boston University, Anthropology
Islamic Charity in India: Revival and Re-Invention of Ritual Almsgiving
- 2013—Moshe Kornfeld
University of Michigan, Anthropology
The Chosen Universalists: Jewish Philanthropy and Youth Activism in Post-Katrina New Orleans
- 2012—Allison Schnable
Princeton University, Sociology
Voluntrepreneurs: The Growth of American Grassroots Development Organizations
- 2011—David King
Emory University, Religion
Seeking a Global Vision: The Evolution of World Vision, Evangelical Missions, and American Evangelicalism
- 2010—Jared Peifer
Cornell University, Sociology
Socially Responsible Investing: Morality, Religion and the Market From A Sociological Perspective
- 2009—Sarah Hammond
Yale University, American Religious History
“God’s Business Men”: Entrepreneurial Evangelicals in Depression and War
November 30, 2011—It is with much sadness and shock that we inform you of the passing of our 2009 Lake Dissertation Fellow, Sarah Hammond. Those of us who had the chance to meet Sarah and listen to her discuss the dissertation which we helped fund will recall her enthusiasm, depth of knowledge, and vast curiosity in the research fields the Lake Institute hopes to expand. We regret that this young scholar will not be with us to carry on the work, but we are grateful for our brief contact with her and for what she has already contributed to the understanding of faith and giving.
- 2008—Bradley Koch
Indiana University, Sociology
The Prosperity Gospel and Economic Prosperity: Race, Class, Giving, and Voting
Lake Institute Network of Emerging Scholars (LINES)
Since its inception, Lake Institute has funded a doctoral dissertation fellowship and an Endowed Lake Scholar to help identify and support the work of emerging and established scholars in this evolving field. As a continuation of our work, the inaugural LINES conference was held April 12–13, 2015.
The LINES gathering served as an important medium to continue to create, foster, and sustain an interdisciplinary field of scholarly research focusing on the broad relationship between religion and philanthropy. In addition to the time set aside to engage each participant’s project proposal or research summary, there were several vibrant conversations about the state of research in this field, intentional opportunities for peer conversations, and the importance of collaboration.
A $36,000 competitive research award pool for 2015 LINES participants was introduced during the convening. Each scholar had the opportunity to apply for a grant of $3,000 to support their research.
- 2015 Senior Scholars
Associate Professor of Islamic Studies
Director of Catholic-Muslim Studies Program
Catholic Theological Union
Henry Winters Luce Professor of World Christianity
McCormick Theological Seminary
Anne Potter Wilson Distinguished Professor of American Religious History
Vanderbilt Divinity School
Eastern Mennonite University
Director of the Institute for Leadership and Service
Director of the Center for Civic Reflection
Professor of Sociology
Director of Social Science Research at the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture
Professor of Political Science
Arizona State University
- 2015 Emerging Scholars
Assistant Professor of History
Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Studies of Religion
Associate Professor, Department of Religion
Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology
University of Notre Dame
Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology
Assistant Professor, Sociology/Criminal Justice
Faculty Fellow, Community & Family Institute
University of Arkansas
Visiting Lecturer, Program in Jewish Studies (cross-listed in Anthropology & Religion)
University of Colorado Boulder
Assistant Professor, Department of Management
Baruch College, CUNY
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Associate Professor Department of History
Seton Hall University
Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Studies
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Sociology
- Future LINES gatherings
Our next LINES gathering has not yet been scheduled. If you are interested in participating in a future gathering please provide the requested information and we will share updates with you as we move forward.Subscribe to the LINES mailing list