The Rev. Russ Ferguson is an active-duty Navy chaplain ordained by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He is currently serving as the battalion chaplain for the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Prior to following his call as a chaplain, he served for 11 years as a submarine officer in the Navy. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1996 with a degree in nuclear engineering and from Duke Divinity School in 2010 with an M.Div.
The Sabbatical Grant for Researchers (SGR) offers grants up to $40,000 to support academic sabbatical leave for projects about Christian faith and life, the practice of ministry, religious trends and movements, Christian and other faith-based institutions and religion and social issues. Louisville Institute is especially interested in projects that demonstrate a desire to bridge the North American church and academy.
SGR is most often used to supplement an existing semester sabbatical with a second term or semester. Typical applicants are fully employed in accredited academic institutions and are eligible for a full year leave from teaching and administrative responsibilities. Grants awarded in the 2024 cycle will fund sabbaticals taking place during the 2024-2025 academic year or during the 2025 calendar year.
Applications are due November 1, 2023.Learn More