Billy Graham Center


Evangelism Research Grants

The Torrey M. Johnson, Sr. scholarship fund was made possible by family and friends of Dr. Johnson. His passion in life was serving Christ through evangelism of the lost, and it is befitting that he be remembered through this endeavor to benefit those whose life choice is similar. Youth for Christ was an important part of his life and their motto may be appropriate to consider... "Geared to the Times and Anchored to the Rock." God bless you as you seek His will in your life.

The Torrey Johnson, Sr. Family

Rev. Torrey Maynard Johnson Sr. (1909-2002) was a visionary leader, evangelist and pastor in the mid-twentieth century in the United States of America. He was the first President of Youth for Christ and helped form the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). His travels and preaching took him throughout the world. He had a special passion for mentoring young evangelists, the most famous of whom was Billy Graham. His papers are preserved and available for use in the Billy Graham Center Archives of Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, USA.

The Torrey M. Johnson Sr. Scholarship Fund has been established by Rev. Johnson's family. One type of award granted from the fund is Evangelism Research Grants for individuals using the research collections of the Billy Graham Center Archives.

How to Apply Please click here for an application to fill out and e-mail or mail.


Criteria for Grants

  • Research to be done should have high relevance to the history and/or practice of Christian evangelism.
  • Preference will be given to researchers more likely to be in the greatest need of financial assistance, e.g. undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Favor will be shown to applicants in full-time Christian work.
  • Applicants must live at least 75 miles from Wheaton, Illinois
  • Applicants must send in their application at least six weeks before the day of their arrival at the Archives.
  • Applicants should be making the trip to the Archives predominantly to use resources unique to the BGC Archives
Purpose of the Grant
Grants may only be used to cover a portion of the travel and living expenses of researchers coming to the Billy Graham Center Archives to study the history and practice of Christian evangelism. Scholarly publication, ministry application, personal enrichment are all - for the purposes of these grants - worthy purposes of research.
Type of Applicants
Applications are encouraged from, but by no means restricted to, persons in graduate level thesis and doctoral programs. Undergraduates and persons working on non-scholarly projects are also welcome and will receive full consideration.
Review of Applications
Applications for grants will be reviewed as they arrive. The grant awarded may be for less than the sum requested in the application. Grant applications should be for no more than USD $500.00.
Needed for Reimbursement
Research grants will be made in the form of reimbursement for expenses. Recipients will be required to submit receipts (originals, not copies) for approved expenses and a 1-2 page report about their research. They will then receive a check in US dollars within 30 days after these materials are received by the Billy Graham Center.
Starting Date of Research Visit
Grant awards are contingent upon the researcher arriving at the Archives at the date he/she indicated as starting date of his/her research visit. If a grant is made to a researcher and that researcher does not arrive at the Archives on the announced date, the grant may be rescinded by the Center and given to someone else.
Number of Grants per Person
Only one grant per person per 24 month period will be awarded. So someone receiving a grant in June 2014 will not be eligible again until July 2016.
How to Apply

Please click here for an application to fill out and e-mail or mail.

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Last Revised: 5/02/17
Expiration: indefinite

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