Educational Grant Program

Grants for Advanced Theological Study
Members of ELCA congregations who are enrolled in a doctoral program for advanced theological study may apply directly to the ELCA for financial aid through the ELCA’s Educational Grant Program (EGP). Grants are given to Ph.D., Th.D., and Ed.D. candidates in theological study appropriate to seminary teaching. The program is open to both lay and ordained ELCA members.

Grants up to $3,000 per individual, per year are awarded. Recipients may apply annually to renew their grants for a total of four years of support, but renewals are not guaranteed. In addition, a fifth year of support up to $2,000 may be awarded as a dissertation grant.

Annual grants are awarded based on academic calendar years from July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018. Applications must be received before April 18, 2017 prior to the academic year for which the grant is sought. Awards will be announced to recipients in June, and recipients will receive their grants upon presentation of proof of registration, typically in September.

The EGP Application form is an Adobe Acrobat file; it requires the free Adobe Reader application to be viewed or completed. To obtain the form, use the link provided below.


Download the Application (for best results, save this file on your hard disk and then open in Acrobat Reader, rather than opening in your browser. Mac users should use Adobe Acrobat, not Adobe Preview software.)

Directory of Lutheran Doctoral Candidates
Applicants for EGP advanced theological study grants are invited to give permission for the use of the information gathered in Parts I thru IV of the EGP application for the annual “Directory of Lutheran Doctoral Candidates in Theological Disciplines.” To give permission look for the checkbox at the beginning of the EGP application form and check yes or no.

The annual “Directory of Lutheran Doctoral Candidates in Theological Disciplines” is posted on this website. Please note that the directory is available by the need for those interested in being listed.