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Description and Proposals

Bonhoeffer Research Grants Available Application Guidelines Bonhoeffer Research Grants are supported by a fund based on the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works English Edition and its royalties. Grants are made by a committee of the International Bonhoeffer Society, English Language Section, chaired by Professor Barry Harvey, Baylor University.

The committee expects to award 3-4 grants annually totaling about $10,000. Application A proposal of 2-3 pages should explain in detail the research proposed, and its significance in adding new knowledge about the theology, life and legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Include in the proposal a timeline for completion, publication plan, and the names of two persons you have requested to provide references attesting to the value of the proposed research and your qualifications for completing it successfully. Please attach a project budget, indicating the sources of funds available to you and the grant requested.

Proposals should indicate the expected outcome of the research, the hypothesis, anticipated findings being tested, the new knowledge being sought, and the secondary literature relevant to the project. Proposals should be thoroughly conversant with DBW/DBWE and the research they contain. Applications deadlines for calendar year 2016 are FEBRUARY 1ST and AUGUST 1ST.  All applications and references should be submitted electronically to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Research Guidelines

The basic principle of a research proposal is that it should really add to our knowledge and understanding of Bonhoeffer, his writings, life and contribution. The following are simply suggestions of the diverse sorts of projects that would, or would not, fulfill the aims of Bonhoeffer Research Grants.

Examples of What Fits:

  •  Research internal to Bonhoeffer’s texts (e.g., the relation of Ethics to Discipleship; the relation between the Synoptic Jesus of Discipleship and the Christology lectures).

  •  Archival research that illuminates Bonhoeffer’s texts (e.g., the editorial practices of the journal that published "The Church and the Jewish Question” with respect to the Luther quotations.)

  • Research necessitated by newly-discovered Bonhoeffer texts and the editing necessary to publish them. (This could apply to extant material, e.g., the untranscribed notes from Bonhoeffer’s 1930-31 Union Seminary courses with Niebuhr and others).

  • The Significance for understanding Bonhoeffer’s life, theology, and ethics of literature he cites (Bernanos, Stifter, Santayana, et al.).

  • Research into Bonhoeffer’s contexts – intellectual, historical, political – must really illuminate Bonhoeffer directly and provide new understanding of his thought and action. Research on Bonhoeffer in his own context and writings addresses the question: what more does this research add to our knowledge and understanding of Bonhoeffer?

  • Research on Bonhoeffer in relation to contexts or issues other than his own (presuming a thorough and sound knowledge of Bonhoeffer) answers the question: what does Bonhoeffer bring to this context, debate, or conflict that is not already there? What creative contribution does Bonhoeffer make to this different context?

What Does Not Fit:

  • Conference Attendance. 
  •  Dissertations in general, unless they are explicitly devoted to projects in categories similar to those described above.
  • “Applied Bonhoeffer” (“Bonhoeffer and …”, i.e., a text or idea of Bonhoeffer applied to, or compared with another author.

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