2024 Yale Divinity Library David M. Stowe Fund for Mission Research
Location: New Haven
Internal Number: 133543
The David M. Stowe Fund for Mission Research was established by the Stowe family in 2003 to provide funds to support visiting researchers who come to the Yale Divinity Library to use its missions-related collections. The fund can be used to subsidize travel as well as housing and living expenses in New Haven.
All whose research requires the use of missions-related collections in the Yale Divinity Library are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to researchers without alternative funding. The fund aims to facilitate research regardless of institutional association, race, cultural background, ability, sexual orientation, gender, or socioeconomic status. Student applicants should be at an advanced stage in their research and propose a fully conceptualized project related to their degree program.
Applicants seeking to use material that is available online or through interlibrary loan (e.g. widely available published books) must make a strong argument for why they must still perform research on site. Researchers whose primary interest is in collections outside Yale Divinity Library are not eligible to apply.
The maximum reimbursable amount is $3,500.
The application opens on October 10, 2023
The application closes on November 30, 2023
Applicants will be notified of all decisions by December 20, 2023
Funded research trips must occur before December 31, 2024
Note: The David M. Stowe Fund for Mission Research was previously offered every other year to align with the New Haven meeting of the Yale-Edinburgh Group on World Christianity and the History of Mission. The fund is now being offered annually and conference attendance is not required, but we encourage recipients to align their research with the conference during years when the conference is in New Haven.
COVID Advisory Note Our ability to award fellowships to visiting researchers will be dependent on public health conditions and university guidelines. Current library policies can be found on the University library website.
All materials must be received by the deadline. Applicants are required to submit the following materials:
An application form
A curriculum vitae (3 pages max)
A research proposal (1,000 words max) that outlines:
Significance of collections research to your project
An overview of the culminating project
Feasibility of completing the scope of research proposed within the time period proposed
A detailed list of Yale Divinity Library collection materials to be examined during your research
If material is available online or through interlibrary loan, applicants must explain why they need to research on site.
A budget, including travel, local accommodations, and living expenses (note that the maximum reimbursement is $3,500)
Submit budget as a PDF table
For applicants who live and work/study in different countries, travel must be from the nearer of the two (e.g. an applicant from Kenya who is attending school in California can only request travel funding from California)
One confidential letter of recommendation
For student applicants, this letter of recommendation should be from your academic advisor or equivalent and address your progress toward the degree
Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.