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Grawemeyer Award in Religion
The Grawemeyer Award in Religion is made possible by the creative generosity of the late H. Charles Grawemeyer. Louisville Seminary, jointly with the University of Louisville, awards the $100,000 prize to honor and publicize creative and significant insights into the relationship between human beings and the divine. The award also recognizes ways in which this relationship may inspire or empower human beings to attain wholeness, integrity, or meaning, either individually or in community.

The 2017 Grawemeyer Religion Award will be announced December 2016.

Grawemeyer Religion 2016


Susan HolmanBoth faith-based and human rights organizations work to address global health issues, but divergent ideological approaches can create discord and ultimately undermine the efforts of both groups. This idea, examined in the book, Beholden: Religion, Global Health, and Human Rights, has earned its author the 2016 University of Louisville and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

Susan R. Holman explores how healthcare efforts based on a human rights approach can overlook the important role religions play in communities; and how faith-based initiatives are often more focused on the benefactor than on the recipient of care. She highlights how a combined approach, incorporating religious views and traditions with dialogue about economic and social rights, can be useful in combating global health problems.

Beholden“This is theology at ground level,” said award director Shannon Craigo-Snell. “Holman investigates specific events, people and situations to glean wisdom regarding both religion and global health. By the final chapter, she evokes an image of global humanity in which we all recognize that we are beholden to one another—both givers and receivers in inescapable interconnection.”

Holman, a senior writer at the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University, is uniquely qualified to address these topics. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Brown University, a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, and a Master of Science degree in nutrition from Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Her two undergraduate bachelor’s degrees—one in psychology and one in nutrition—are from Valparaiso University in Indiana.

The University of Louisville presents the prizes annually for outstanding works in music composition, ideas improving world order, psychology and education and presents a religion prize jointly with Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The 2016 winners will present free lectures about their award-winning ideas when they visit Louisville in April to accept their $100,000 prizes.

2018 Grawemeyer Religion Award nominations due December 1, 2016.

Download, complete and submit the 2018 Grawemeyer Nomination Form by December 1, 2016. Refer to the 2018 Grawemeyer Information Form for details.




Grawemeyer Religion Award Nominations are invited from religious organizations, appropriate academic associations, religious leaders and scholars, presidents of universities or schools of religion, publishers and editors of scholarly journals. Self-nominations are be accepted or considered. There is no discrimination based on religious affiliation or belief or lack thereof. Previous winners are not eligible for subsequent awards.

Grawemeyer News

Religion Grawemeyer Award Winner Seeks Balance Between Religion and Human Rights
Insider Louisville
December 3, 2015

Grawemeyer Winner: Faith, Human Rights Groups Should Work Together
December 3, 2015

Susan Holman Wins Grawemeyer Award in Religion
Presbyterian News Service
December 4, 2015

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