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Deadlines for awards and grants extended

Featured Deadlines for awards and grants extended

We are pleased to announce that the deadlines have been extended for more than $10,000 available to seminarians and scholars through research grants and awards offered by the General Commission on Archives and History (GCAH) of The United Methodist Church (UMC). 

We understand the special circumstances and challenges of last year's academic course load and have therefore extended our deadline for all awards and grants.  We specifically ask you to please put aside some time and consider recommending a student's paper for the John Harrison Ness Memorial Award given to the best M.Div. student paper nominated by a professor exhibiting excellence in writing on some aspect of Methodist history. The previous February 1, 2020 deadline for this award has been extended to March 1, 2020. 

We also ask that you keep GCAH research grants in mind as you plan your next scholarly project if it relates in some way to the UMC or its antecedent bodies. We have long offered research grants especially focused on projects exploring women's historyracial/ethnic history, and the history of global Methodism.  For those of you familiar with our past list of awards and grants, please make a note of a newer offering: the United Methodist History for Children and Youth Curriculum Grant.  

This grant offers seed money for curriculum development in subjects related to the denomination's past and continuing legacy. These grants have also had their December 31, 2020 deadlines extended to March 1, 2021.   ***Please note that the Josephine Forman Scholarship deadline has not been extended. 

We would especially like to bring to your attention Methodist History, GCAH's peer-reviewed scholarly journal. If you would like to a free copy or copies for your class or seminar, please contact us at  The copies are available on a first-come first-served basis. 

You might want to consider a subscription if you are not already a subscriber. Please encourage your students to do the same---student rates are available at a steep discount. The journal offers excellent resource material for classroom discussion and research projects. It also offers an opportunity for you or your students to be published.  To subscribe and/or free access to back issues and more details may be found on our website.

If you have ideas or suggestions about ways GCAH can better serve you and your students, please contact me at  I would be pleased to visit your school (virtually for now) to talk about GCAH's mission and points of contact and service to congregations and conferences. Thank you for your work in the formation of a new generation of teachers and leaders.

Shalom to you,


Dr. Ashley Boggan Dreff

General Secretary

General Commission on Archives and History

The United Methodist Church