AYME Research Grant Opportunities

The Association of Youth Ministry Educators is excited to announce a variety of research grant opportunities available to our membership. In partnership with both Taylor University and Flagler College, research grants are being made available for this next year to highlight youth ministry research on multicultural ministry and pedagogy.

AYME, a community of Christ-centered scholars, is thrilled to partner with Taylor University and the Missing Voices Project to build on the themes of AYME Conferences – Multicultural Ministry (2023) and Pedagogy (2024) – in elevating our scholars’ contributions to the field of youth ministry in ways that are helpful to the academy and the church.

These research grants range in focus and scope, so please read through the below opportunities carefully and submit your application.

AYME 2023-2024 Taylor University/Lilly Foundation Grants

AYME and Taylor University are pleased to announce grants for research relating to multicultural youth ministry and youth ministry pedagogies. The immediate aim of these grants is to inspire and support new social science (empirically based) or theological/philosophical research (text based) which can contribute to the scholarship of youth ministry education. AYME members are encouraged to submit proposals.

We hope to accept:

  • Up to four (4) proposals with budgets of up to $5,000.
  • As many proposals as possible with budgets of up to $2,500.

Research should be related to multicultural youth ministry or youth ministry pedagogies.

Grant Timeline:

  • Deadline for proposal submission: September 15, 2023
  • Award notification by: September 30, 2023
  • Announcement of Awardees: AYME Conference, October 27-29, 2023
  • Presentation of Research: AYME Conference, October 2024

All grant recipients are required to attend the 2024 AYME conference to present research papers. Grant recipients are also required to subsequently submit their final research papers to the peer-review process of the Journal of Youth Ministry by December 1, 2024.

  • Funds will be released at 50% on award of grant and 50% in December 2024 on completion of project.

 Request for Proposal (RFP): Multicultural Youth Ministry and Youth Ministry Pedagogies

APPLICATION: Please respond to the following prompts.

  1. Principal Investigator: Include Name, Title/Position, and School/Organization
  2. Proposed Project Title
  3. Description of Project and Projected Outcomes
  4. Contributing to larger mission of AYME: Identify how this project contributes to the themes of either Multicultural Youth Ministry or Youth Ministry Pedagogies.
  5. Implementation Plan and Timeline: Name the stages of the project and when they are expected to be completed.
  6. Methodology: Describe your research methodology and experience with that kind of research.    Describe any technology/tools you expect to utilize in your processes.
  7. Budget: Identify spending within these categories (plus any additional): Personnel;      Equipment; Software; Be sure to include registration fees and related expenses for
    the 2024 AYME conference.

Submit proposals by September 15, 2023 to Mike Severe at: mcsevere@taylor.edu

AYME 2023-2024 The Missing Voices Project & Journal of Youth Ministry Grants

AYME and The Missing Voices Project (A Lilly funded grant initiative housed at Flagler College) are pleased to announce grants for research writing relating to youth ministry as space for racial reconciliation for a special issue of the Journal of Youth Ministry. We are hoping to encourage scholars who are working at the intersection of race and reconciliation, in particular looking at ways that youth ministry might foster friendship across racial difference in and through multicultural expressions of worship, fellowship, and discipleship. Articles that would extend the work of paper presentations at the AYME 2023 conference are particularly encouraged.

We hope to accept proposals for: 

  • Six (6) articles to run in a special issue of the Journal of Youth Ministry with awards of $1,000.  In addition to articles being published, authors will plan to participate in a podcast interview discussing their article and how their research might shape behavior in the context of youth ministry.
  • Up to six (6) book reviews of relevant texts to run in a special issue of the Journal of Youth Ministry with awards of $300.

Request for Proposal (RFP): Race and Reconciliation

Grant Timeline:

  • Deadline for proposal submission: November 30, 2023
  • Award notification: February 2024
  • All book review grant recipients are required to:
  • submit their book review by April 1, 2024.
  • adhering to the Journal of Youth Ministry
  • All article grant recipients are required to:
  • submit their first draft by April 1, 2024 to the peer-review process of the Journal of Youth Ministry.
  • participate in a one-hour Zoom call concerning possible practical implications of the article after submitting the draft.
  • participate in a Missing Voices Project podcast concerning their article and research implications.
  • Funds will be released at 50% on award of grant and 50% on completion of project.

Submit proposals by November 30, 2023 to Justin Forbes at: jforbes@flagler.edu