Grants & Scholarships

Supporting Academic Research, Public Scholarship, and Practical Training

In the emerging field of faith and philanthropy

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.

Past recipients

Chris Taylor
Boston University, Anthropology

Islamic Charity in India: Revival and Re-Invention of Ritual Almsgiving

Moshe Kornfeld
University of Michigan, Anthropology

The Chosen Universalists: Jewish Philanthropy and Youth Activism in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Allison Schnable
Princeton University, Sociology

Voluntrepreneurs: The Growth of American Grassroots Development Organizations

David King
Emory University, Religion

Seeking a Global Vision: The Evolution of World Vision, Evangelical Missions, and American Evangelicalism

Jared Peifer
Cornell University, Sociology

Socially Responsible Investing: Morality, Religion and the Market From A Sociological Perspective

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.

Bradley Koch
Indiana University, Sociology

The Prosperity Gospel and Economic Prosperity: Race, Class, Giving, and Voting

Lake Institute Network of Emerging Scholars (LINES)

LINES 2015 cohort

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.

Scott Alexander
Associate Professor of Islamic Studies
Director of Catholic-Muslim Studies Program
Catholic Theological Union

David Daniels
Henry Winters Luce Professor of World Christianity
McCormick Theological Seminary

Jim Hudnut-Beumler
Anne Potter Wilson Distinguished Professor of American Religious History
Vanderbilt Divinity School

Fred Kniss
Eastern Mennonite University

Elizabeth Lynn
Director of the Institute for Leadership and Service
Director of the Center for Civic Reflection
Valparaiso University

Brian Steensland
Professor of Sociology
Director of Social Science Research at the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture
Indiana University

Carolyn Warner
Professor of Political Science
Arizona State University

Heath Carter
Assistant Professor of History
Valparaiso University

Katie Corcoran
Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Studies of Religion
Baylor University

Heather Curtis
Associate Professor, Department of Religion
Tufts University

Hilary Davidson
Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology
University of Notre Dame

David Eagle
Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology
Duke University

Patricia Herzog
Assistant Professor, Sociology/Criminal Justice
Faculty Fellow, Community & Family Institute
University of Arkansas

Moshe Kornfeld
Visiting Lecturer, Program in Jewish Studies (cross-listed in Anthropology & Religion)
University of Colorado Boulder

Jared Peifer
Assistant Professor, Department of Management
Baruch College, CUNY

Amy Reynolds
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Wheaton College

Thomas Rzeznik
Associate Professor Department of History
Seton Hall University

Anelise Shrout
Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Studies
Davidson College

Brandon Vaidyanathan
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Sociology
Rice University

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.

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