Call for Proposals: 2012 CSF-ESN Grant to Advance Christian Scholarship

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We’re talking money, so a Monopoly board is required.

One of my favorite benefits of ESN membership is our partnership with the Christian Scholars Foundation. Most of ESN’s work deals with intangible — encouragement, prayer, resources, etc. CSF offers something that might be a bit more practical to ESN members: grant money! Further, CSF has demonstrated truly excellent discernment and great breadth in choosing its grantees. The 2011 recipient was Winnie Fong, Assistant Professor of Economics at Wheaton College, for her project “Short and Long-Term Health and Economic Effects of Prenatal Blood Testing Legislation.” If you review the list of past recipients,* you will see a number of worthwhile projects in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and other disciplines that don’t always receive attention from Christian organizations. Even further, the grants have funded experiences for an incredible range of activities: research, teaching, travel, conference expenses, publications, writing, etc.

The grant is open to junior faculty who are members of ESN. Full details are below.

~ Mike

The Christian Scholars Foundation (CSF) is a small family foundation formed to encourage and support Christian junior faculty in their efforts to gain recognition and stature in the academy. CSF also wishes to encourage them in the effort to integrate Christian faith and academic endeavor.

In partnership with the Emerging Scholars Network, CSF offers the CSF-ESN Grant to Advance Christian Scholarship to encourage and nurture Christian junior faculty as they strive for wider recognition in and beyond the academy. CSF seeks to encourage them to integrate Christian faith in their academic endeavors.


  1. Grants are made only to ESN members. If you are not a member, why not join now?
  2. Applicants should have earned their doctorate (or comparable terminal degree appropriate to their discipline).
  3. Grants are made to junior faculty, the definition of which we intend to leave vague. Usually those to whom the grant is awarded will have been on faculty for ten years or less. In the case of large schools, the applicant will usually be tenure track and not above the Assistant Professor level.
  4. In no case will grants be made outside the United States and Canada.

Grant Amount

The exact amount of the award will not be known until late April. Historically, it has averaged about $8,500.


There is a two-step application process.

Preliminary Application

Those interested in applying should submit their Curriculum Vitae and an Executive Summary of the proposed project or research. The summary should not exceed one page, single-spaced, 12-point type.

The deadline for the preliminary application is March 15, 2012.

Full Application

Authors of the five or ten most interesting proposals will be invited to submit a full application. The necessary details regarding full application will be sent to those selected when they are notified of their selection.


CSF prefers to receive the Preliminary Applications by email. To be considered, whether sent by email or postal mail, preliminary applications must be received by CSF no later than the deadline of March 15. Send preliminary applications to:

Christian Scholars Foundation
Attn: Bernard Draper
5500 E. Peakview Ave., #2120
Centennial, CO 80121-3560

To see past grant recipients, click here*.

Questions about the grant may be sent to Bernard Draper of CSF.

*11/28/2012. 1 pm. Due to a website upgrade the inserted link includes the 2012 scholarship.

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Micheal Hickerson

The former Associate Director for the Emerging Scholars Network, Micheal lives in Cincinnati with his wife and three children and works as a web manager for a national storage and organization company. He writes about work, vocation, and finding meaning in what you do at No Small Actors.

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