Fund for Nurturing Unitarian Universalist Scholarship

The Panel on Theological Education of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is receiving applications for grants up to $25,000 from Unitarian Universalist (UU) scholars who are committed to strengthening the UU movement through research and publication, excellence in teaching, and educational leadership. Grants can be used for basic living expenses.

Candidates eligible for this program, in order of priority, are:

  1. Ph.D. or Th. D. candidates in religious/theological studies (or candidates in comparable academic doctoral programs) at the dissertation stage who show promise of contributing to the UU movement through research and publication, excellence in teaching, and educational leadership;
  2. Emerging UU scholars who require financial and mentoring assistance to prepare a completed dissertation for publication; and
  3. Established UU scholars who are cultivating the next generation of UU scholars and ministers.

To apply, submit the following:

  • letter of inquiry;
  • curriculum vitae with contact information and institutional affiliation;
  • a research or dissertation proposal (750 words maximum);
  • three letters of reference, including a letter from an individual familiar with the candidate's relationship with a Unitarian Universalist congregation or Unitarian Universalist related institution;
  • a timeline for completion of the research and plan for publication;
  • a research budget that includes all sources of funding aid (for doctoral students, this should include information on all scholarships and fellowships received since the beginning of the program).

Doctoral candidates should request a confidential letter from their doctoral advisor and one other graduate faculty.

Deadline for applications: Friday, March 18, 2022 by 5 p.m. Eastern.

Submit Applications

Please e-mail your application to The Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kūpono Kwong (