Mentoring Program Description & Guidelines

Mentoring Programs have been among the most popular and successful of all LFP initiatives. Mentoring Programs provide funds to nurture new and junior faculty at Network institutions and strengthen the commitment of  all faculty to institutional mission. Well-constructed mentoring programs encourage new faculty as well as veteran faculty to understand and share the ethos of the school, to grow to love the questions that the institution holds dear,  and to consider the importance of fundamental matters concerning the relationship between higher learning and the Christian faith. Such programs also seek to renew and deepen the commitment of the whole institution and its leaders to  those central intellectual and spiritual matters.


The experience of numerous previous LFP Mentoring Programs, along with a great deal of practical advice and theological reflection on the academic vocation from a variety of Christian traditions, has been collected  in Mentoring for Mission: Nurturing New Faculty at Church-Related Colleges, Caroline Simon, ed., (Eerdmans, 2003). Applicants for Mentoring Programs are strongly encouraged to consult this valuable resource.

A Mentoring Program may be funded at $12,000. Institutions that have already received a grant in this category will not be eligible in the same category again for two years after the original grant was awarded.

Each  proposed LFP Mentoring Program should be designed to serve the character and structure of that particular institution and the needs of its faculty. Each school will determine the number of faculty mentors and new or junior faculty to be  involved in the Mentoring Program, the format and character of the program, and the appropriate compensation for various participants. Institutions are encouraged to enrich or extend the LFP Program by providing additional funds from  their own resources. At the conclusion of the Mentoring Program, the Director must submit a brief report on the character and outcomes of the Program, including a list of faculty involved.


Each proposal must include description (approximately 1000 words) of the proposed program, including rationale, goals, and format. The proposal must also include a budget covering programming as well as support for the Director and  program participants.

If applying for a second LFP Mentoring grant, please specify how  this additional grant funding is necessary for building on the previous LFP Mentoring grant or specify how this additional funding will initiate a new program  unrelated to the previous grant. Mentoring grants might be for programs directed towards senior faculty (Department Chairs, for example), but such proposals must explain in detail how the program would ultimately help mentor new and  junior faculty.  Priority is given to applications from institutions that have not previously received Mentoring Grant awards.

For further information regarding Mentoring Programs in their various forms, applicants may contact institutions that have previously sponsored Mentoring Programs.

Application Deadline: September 15, 2017 for a Mentoring Program to be held during the academic year 2018-2019.

Application to host a Mentoring Program

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