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John Stott Endowment Initiatives

Since 2013, the John Stott Endowment has enabled the Human Needs and Global Resources Program to broaden its impact on and off campus by supporting new initiatives.  These include inviting international leaders for significant, sustained interactions with the campus and surrounding community; supporting extended faculty engagement with critical human needs; funding faculty research worldwide on central Program themes; and student scholarships.

International Visiting Scholar, Artist, or Practitioner

The John Stott Visiting International Scholar/Artist/Practitioner in Human Needs & Global Resources provides an opportunity for individuals directly involved in addressing the wide array of human needs to spend approximately 1-4 months during the academic year (August-May) at Wheaton College, for the purpose of interacting with the campus community in both formal and informal ways over the course of her or his stay. Departments are invited to nominate scholars, artists, and practitioners from any discipline. 

Application Information

Information for Wheaton College departments is available here: Department Information for International Visiting Scholar .

The nomination form is available here:  Stott International Visiting Scholar Nomination Form.    

Previous Recipients

  • 2015-16: Celmali Okonji, Spoken Word Poet (Honduras/Kenya), hosted by Art
  • 2016-17: Dr. David Dargie, Ethnomusicologist (South Africa), hosted by the Conservatory of Music
  • 2016-17: Rev. Dr. D. Zac Niringiye, Bishop and Theologian (Uganda), hosted by Biblical and Theological Studies
  • 2017-18: Anthony "Bong" Dela Fuente, Theologian, Pastor, and Film Scholar (Philippines), hosted by Sociology and Anthropology
  • 2017-18: Dr. Elmer Lavastida and Gisela Pérez, Pastors, Theologians, and Integral Mission Practitioners (Cuba), hosted by Christian Formation and Ministry
  • 2018-19: Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst, Theologian (Costa Rica), hosted by Biblical and Theological Studies.
  • 2018-19: Dr. Tito Paredes, Anthropologist (Peru), hosted by Global Programs and Studies
  • 2019-20: Dr. Nina Balmaceda, Political Scientist and Lawyer (Peru), hosted by International Relations and Political Science
  • 2019-21: Dr. Yousaf Sadiq, Anthropology (Pakistan), hosted by Core Studies and Anthropology
  • 2021-22: Dr. Jayachitra Lalitha, Theology (India), hosted by School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy.

Faculty Study/Research Leave

This Global Faculty Study/Research Leave initiative impacts the Wheaton campus long-term by investing deeply in faculty development through a significant international engagement with core themes and the partnership-based approach of the Human Needs and Global Resources Program. Pre-tenured and tenured teaching faculty are eligible to apply for a semester’s leave.

Application Information

Learn more about the funding here: Global Faculty Study/Research Leave. Applicants can also apply separately for project funding as described in the “Coverage” section; recipients of Global Faculty Study/Research Leave funding are prioritized to receive up to $6000 from the John Stott Faculty Grants in Human Needs and Global Resources (see below).

Previous Recipients

  • 2017: Dr. Gregory Schreck (Art/Photography), "Genesis Portrait Photography" (Guatemala)
  • 2018: Dr. George Kalantzis (Biblical and Theological Studies), "Welcoming the Stranger: Developing a Theology of Refugees amidst the Crisis in Greece" (Greece)
  • 2019: Dr. John Trotter (Conservatory of Music), "Music in Africa and Asia" (Multiple Locations)
  • 2019: Dr. Nestor Quiroa (Modern and Classical Languages), "Mayan Language Research" (Guatemala)
  • 2020: Dr. Christa Tooley (Sociology and Anthropology) and Professor Cherith Lundin (Art), “Production and Creation: Exploring processes of making and knowing from Oaxaca to Chicago" (Mexico)
  • 2020: Dr. Carlos Sosa ( Biblical and Theological Studies), "Latin America and Latino and Latina New Testament Hermeneutics" (Guatemala)
  • 2021: Dr. Karen Johnson (History), "Wisdom from History: Leaning About and From Christian Interracial Movements in America’s Racial Past" (US-Mississippi)


John Stott Faculty Research Grants

The John Stott Faculty Research Grant in Human Needs and Global Resources exists to support faculty research and creative projects on core themes of poverty/wealth, injustice, violence/peace, human dignity, environmental impacts of human activities, and flourishing of the earth and its inhabitants.  This program prioritizes projects conducted on these themes in Asia, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, and the Middle East; however, compelling proposals that address the core themes in other regions, or about circumstances in the focus regions that do not involve travel, are also permitted.  

Application Information

To apply, see the application link found on the Global Programs and Studies website under the "Stott Faculty Grant" tab. Applicants for this grant may also choose to simultaneously apply for Faculty Study/Research Leave funding (see above). 

Previous Recipients

  • 2016-17
    • Melissa Harkrider (History), ᏚᏳᎪᏛᎢ (Du-yu-dv-i): Living the Right Way—the Gospel and Cherokee Hymnody in Nineteenth Century America
    • Christine Kepner (Spanish), Hispanic Cinema: Teaching for Justice and Mercy
    • Shawn Okpebholo (Music), An Album of Negro Spirituals, Slave Songs, and Folk Hymns
    • Amy Reynolds (Sociology), Economic Advocacy and the Global South
    • Gregory Schreck (Art/Photography), Genesis Portrait Photography Project in Guatemala
    • Christa Tooley (Anthropology), Urban Scots Respond to Brexit
  • 2017-18
    • George Kalantzis (Bible and Theological Studies),Welcoming the Stranger: Developing a "Theology of Refugees" amidst the Crisis in Greece
    • John McConnell (Psychology), A Culturally Sensitive Needs Assessment of Social Justice, Peace, and Reconciliation for Native Hawaiians
    • Nestor Quiroa (Modern and Classical Languages), Maya Testimonial Literature in Post-Conflict Guatemala: Narratives of a Past and a Peaceful Present
    • Amy Reynolds (Sociology), International Development Dialogues
    • David VanDyke (Psychology), Needs assessment and development of a Central and Eastern European Post-MA MFT Certificate Program
  • 2018-19
    • Sharenda Barlar and Susan Dunn-Hensley (Modern and Classical Languages/English), Return of the Pilgrim: Restoring Sacred Networks in Spain and the British Isles
    • Christine Jeske (Anthropology), Voluntary Downward Class Mobility in South Africa
    • Joonhee Park (Communications), Forgiven/Forgotten: Rwanda Reconciliation Center Media Installation
    • Nestor Quiroa (Spanish), Maya Testimonial Literature in Post-Conflict Guatemala: Creating 'Mayaness' in a Pluri-religious Modern Society
    • Gilles Tagne (Geology), Comprehensive Assessment of Improved and Unimproved Drinking Water Sources in Urban and Rural Sierra Leone, West Africa
    • John Trotter (Conservatory of Music), Majority World Ensemble Leadership Research
  • 2019-20
    • James Huff (Human Needs and Global Resources), Formation for transformation: Latin American Christian Leaders in comparative perspective
    • Karen Johnson (History), John Perkins, Race, and Reconciliation
    • Muhia Karianjahi (HoneyRock), Christian Camping in the Global South: Models from Christian Camping International (CCI) Regional Networks in Africa, India, Central and South America
    • Cherith Lundin (Art), Production and Creation: Exploring processes of making and knowing from Oaxaca to Chicago
    • Carlos Sosa (Bible and Theological Studies), Latin America and Latino and Latina New Testament Hermeneutics
    • Christa Tooley (Urban Studies), Production and Creation: exploring processes of making and knowing from Oaxaca to Chicago
  • 2020-21
    • Kathryn Alexander (Politics and International Relations), Middle Eastern Soft Power and the Politics of Islamic Practice in Italy
    • Karen Johnson (History), Wisdom from History: Leaning About and From Christian Interracial Movements in America’s Racial Past

Student Scholarships

For students participating in the Human Needs and Global Resources program, there are generous scholarships available to reduce the cost of travel and make the six-month internship financially feasible. 

To learn more about these scholarships, navigate to the Program Tuition and Funding page.