Apply for a Climate Science in Theological Education Grant 

Applications are OPEN for Cohort 2 of the Climate Science in Theological Education (CSTE) project! For full application guidelines, CLICK HERE.

DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2024, 11:59PM PST

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Submission Process

This is the second cohort of the Climate Science in Theological Education Initiative.  For this cohort, up to 15 schools will be awarded 18-month grants in the amount of $15,000. Proposed project activities should be implemented between July 2024 and December 2025. Grant consideration consists of a single application accompanied by required supporting documents. The application will be evaluated by an external review committee with final decisions made by AAAS. To start your application, CLICK HERE.  

Dates to Remember

February 12, 2024  Application Submissions Open 
Thursday, February 22 and Tuesday, March 5, 2:00 pm ET  FAQ Sessions for Applicants (Virtual) 
April 1, 2024, 11:59 pm PT Application Submissions Close 
May 1, 2024  Grant Award Decision Notification 
May 29-30, 1:00-6:00pm ET Kick-Off Meeting for Grantees (Virtual) 

Grant Requirements 

Participants in the Climate Science in Theological Education project will: 

  • Meaningfully engage climate-related science within theological education. This can include capacity building, course engagements, ministry/leadership-focused activities, or other programs tailored to your community. 
  • Host at least one enrichment activity or campus event on the grant topic that engages your students, faculty, alumni network, and/or the broader public. 
  • Participate in a two-day virtual kickoff meeting and a funded in-person retreat. 

Selection Criteria

Applications will be selected based on the following criteria:  

  • The positive, substantial impact this project would make on your institution, with new engagement with climate science
  • How this project will equip and empower future and/or current faith leaders to actively engage climate science in their ministerial or leadership contexts
  • How this project is uniquely suited to the context of your educational institution and community
  • The experience and ability of the personnel on this project (project leader, faculty, etc.)
  • The commitment of your institution to engagement and completion of all project goals
  • The impact of this project beyond your institution and its sustainability beyond the length of the project

Instructions

Applications should be completed and submitted with all required documents by the application close date, April 1, 2024 11:59 PM PDT. CLICK HERE to go to the application portal.  

The application will:   

  • include contact information and CVs for the proposed project leader(s);  
  • highlight potential impact of the project on students, faculty, pastors, and larger community;  
  • be concise and compelling;  
  • include preliminary ideas on engaging with climate science in the areas of (a) capacity building, (b) course engagement, and/or (c) ministry-focused activities, and at least one enrichment activity; and  
  • include a budget outline and narrative for the proposed project of $15,000.  

For an example of how to outline your proposed budget, CLICK HERE. For more details on the application and instructions, CLICK HERE. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Read the Climate Science in Theological Education FAQ

We will host two FAQ sessions during the open application window on February 22 and March 5, 2024, at 2pm EDT. If you would like a copy of the slides shared during the FAQ, please email LCastren@aaas.org or DoSER@aaas.org. 

Register for the FAQ on March 5 here.

Watch the FAQ from February 22

What is the Climate Science in Theological Education Grant project? 

The Climate Science in Theological Education grant initiative builds upon the success of the Science for Seminaries: Integrating Science into Core Theological Education (Science for Seminaries) project, as well as a pilot project in incorporating climate science into seminary curricula. Science for Seminaries was an initiative designed to promote positive and respectful dialogue between scientists and faith/religious communities by supporting science appreciation among future religious leaders. AAAS DoSER offered grants to a select group of seminaries to support them in their efforts to integrate science into at least two core courses and produce at least one campus-wide science-themed event. This effort encouraged interest within seminaries and surrounding communities about the relevance of science to theological education and produced a growing number of pastors equipped to help their congregants find answers to science-related questions.  

Building upon this foundational work, the Climate Science in Theological Education grant project provides grants to seminaries to specifically engage the important issue of climate change in the context of theological education and ministry. These Climate Science grants can provide the opportunity for seminaries to build capacity at their institution to start having conversations at the intersection of climate science and theological education. They may also provide the space to start or expand what is already being done in terms of curricular engagement with climate science. In addition, the grants may fund ministry focused activities, aimed to engage current and future pastors in a variety of ways to prepare them for engaging climate change and science in their ministry contexts.  The project’s ultimate goals are to create an atmosphere in places of worship in which climate science is relevant, complementary, and important to faith/religious worldviews, and to promote faithful and meaningful action on climate change in the broader society. 

For project proposal ideas and information on the Climate Science in Theological Education pilot project, visit the project page HERE. 

In furtherance of the AAAS mission of advancing science in service to society, AAAS|DoSER’s role in the Science for Seminaries project is to support efforts to integrate science into seminary education. AAAS|DoSER does not advise on or endorse the theological content of the participating seminaries.