Annual micro-grant competition for most promising and creative collaborative project between groups of 2-3 Fellows with the aim of demonstrating inspiring leadership and scholarship in the field of interfaith understanding. Collaborations to take place over the inter- and inner-religious, and ideally over the Al-Azhar/non Al-Azhar ‘divide’. All projects must be outward-looking. Projects could include publications, a joint lecture or paper at a conference, outreach initiatives such as visiting sixth-form schools or places of worship and setting up scriptural reasoning workshops, etc. Entries to be due two months after annual fellowship retreat takes place, with application form including detailed budget. Judging panel to consist of Barbara Schwepcke, John Casson, Anthony Ball and Mona Siddiqui. One prize will be awarded  per year, unless the judges decided that exceptional circumstances warrant more to be awarded. Successful grantees to be fully responsible for implementation of project and submit one progress report (mid-way through project) and one final report (including a financial narrative) to Gingko.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 31 July 2021. The Prize will be awarded during the Gingko Fellowship Retreat in Cairo on 9 September 2021. The winning project to take place within a year of the judges’ decision.

Open to all Fellows past and present (but Fellows strongly encouraged to think about ideas during Retreat and the convivia).

Micro-grants of up to £1,000. One per year.

To encourage interfaith collaborations that have potential to develop skills of those involved and strengthen networks and friendships.  The wider impact of the project should be mobilising deep faith and scholarship from multiple traditions to offer new resources and perspectives on one of the defining issues of the 21st century.


Inaugural Gingko Collaboration Prize awarded for Online Scriptural Reasoning Project and Study of Religious Majority Attitudes towards Minorities in Ghana and Egypt

On 28th July 2020 Gingko awarded two prizes (of grants up to £1000) for its inaugural Gingko Fellowship Collaboration Prize. This new initiative is designed to foster meaningful and collaborative projects between Gingko Fellows across religious and cultural divides.

The two prizes were awarded to Doaa Baumi and Joel Pierce for their online scriptural reasoning project, to be offered virtually to undergraduate students during the 2020-21 academic year, and to Emmanuel Kwame Tettey (from Ghana) and Mohammed Gamal Abdelnour (from Egypt), who will conduct a research project focusing on religious majority attitudes towards minorities in Ghana and Egypt.

The prizes were awarded virtually via Zoom, with all three judges – former UK ambassador to Egypt John Casson, Professor Mona Siddiqui and Canon Anthony Ball of St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey – present. On awarding the prize, chair of judges John Casson praised the scholarship, leadership and comradeship demonstrated by these outstanding fellows. All three judges offered feedback on the two winning proposals, and made suggestions for increasing their impact.

Doaa Baumi and Joel Pierce report on their prize-winning project ‘Scriptural Reasoning Across Borders’

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