ACSF is pleased to announce a new grant program to support research on the meaning and significance of the built environment.
The Lindsay Jones Memorial Research Fund was created through a generous gift from the late Lindsay Jones. Lindsay was a groundbreaking scholar of Mesoamerican architecture most known for his two volume The Hermeneutics of Sacred Architecture, and as editor of the second edition of Mircea Eliade’s fifteen-volume Encyclopedia of Religion. A longtime member of ACSF and frequent presenter at ACSF symposia, Lindsay is remembered for his highly-regarded, original research and courage for taking the road less travelled. His legacy lives on in the advancement of rigorous, innovative research supported by this fund. For Lindsay’s full biography see the In Memoriam section of the ACSF website.
The 2021 grant cycle will open on February 1st and submissions accepted until April 1st.
We encourage applicants and proposals from a range of built environment disciplines (e.g., architecture, landscape architecture, sacred arts, urbanism, interior design, environmental psychology, material culture, phenomenology, etc.). Project proposals should identify one of the four principal areas of the fund: scholarly research, practice, service, or teaching. Successful applications might propose projects in a range of venues and media including, but not limited to, scholarly writing, film or other broadcast media, built works or projects, community engagement programs, or educational innovation.
Grants typically range from $2,000 USD - $5,000 USD. They are awarded every year and should be completed within a two-year period. We are especially interested in projects that advance the ACSF Mission and its vision that the design and experience of the built environment can assist in the spiritual development of humanity in service of addressing the world’s most pressing problems. We only fund individuals, not institutions or organizations, and welcome applicants from anywhere in the world. We expect to fund two to five projects in 2021.