sanneh laminThe Lamin Sanneh Research Prizes are named in honor of the late Yale Professor Lamin Sanneh, pioneer in the study of World Christianity, OMSC trustee, and contributing editor to the IBMR.  Each year OMSC@PTS will award two prizes of $10,000 each, distributed across the two-year duration of the grant, in support of research proposals by Christian scholars from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Oceania.

Professor Sanneh had a passion for what he called “lived religion,” studies that provide insight into how Christian communities and persons understand and live out their faith in specific historical, cultural, social, and political contexts. Winning proposals will help to expand and nuance the global church’s knowledge of the world Christian movement.

Learn more about our CURRENT awardees


Submission Deadline: July 30, 2023

Time frame of Award: September 1, 2023 – August, 2025


Amount: Two grants of $10,000 each




Every year, the Overseas Ministries Study Center at Princeton Theological Seminary (OMSC@PTS) invites proposals for two two-year “Lamin Sanneh Research Grants.”  Proposals are welcome from those working in Mission Studies, broadly conceived, World Christianity, Intercultural Theology or a cognate field.  We welcome interdisciplinary proposals that feature empirical research as well as theological reflection. Proposals may draw on literature in theology (Biblical Studies, Christian History, Systematic or Dogmatic Theology, or Practical Theology), social sciences (Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Geography, Politics, Psychology, or Sociology), or the humanities (Art, Ancient and Modern Languages, History, Law, Literature, Philosophy, or Religious Studies).

Grant funds may be used for ground-breaking research initiatives, including the costs for field work, library research, writing and submitting work for presentation and publication, and associated travel. During the two-year grant term, part of the grant must be reserved for travel to one international academic conference where you will present the results of your Sanneh Research Grant.

The selection committee for the 2022-24 awards consisted of Dr. John Azumah, Dr. Joel Carpenter, Dr. Thomas Hastings, Dr. Easten Law, and Dr. Emma Wild-Wood. 

Members of the 2023-25 selection committee will be announced in July, 2023. 


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