Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs

The final competition for Luce/ACLS Fellowships was held in 2020. The description below is for information purposes only. Scholars who seek to promote greater public understanding of global religions and who wish to build institutional capacity for engaging journalists and the media should consult our call for proposals for collaborative programming grants, due November 15, 2021.

The Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs deepens public understanding of religion by advancing innovative scholarship on religion in international contexts and by equipping individual scholars and institutions of higher education with the capacities to connect their work to journalism and the media and to engage audiences beyond the academy. The program is made possible by a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation.

The 2020-21 competition includes a research fellowship opportunity for individual scholars as well as collaborative programming grants for institutions. The fellowships are open to scholars in all disciplines of the humanities or social sciences who study religion in an international context and who wish to connect their specialist knowledge with journalists and media practitioners. The grants support efforts by US-based accredited institutions of higher education with strengths in the study of religion, journalism, and media to pursue programs that catalyze interdisciplinary and cross-institutional collaborations.

Each year, the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs also convenes a symposium to connect all program-year fellows and grantees with select journalists, public policy experts, learned society leaders, and other thought partners from institutions and organizations that work at the intersection of religion, journalism, and global affairs. The symposia encompass a broad range of session formats, from “lightning round” pitch practice to panels on bridging scholarly and journalistic practice to hands-on media training at TV studios. Past symposia have included journalists and editors from outlets such as The Atlantic, Buzzfeed News, CBS News, The Conversation, Deseret News, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, NPR, Religion News Service, Slate, and The Washington Post.

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Application information for the next fellowship competition and a request for proposals for programming grants are now available. Questions about this program may be directed to