Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I apply? 
A: Download the application →
Follow all instructions on the application. 

Q: What if I have a question when drafting the proposal application? 
A: If you are applying from Nigeria or West Africa, please send an email to Annabella Opare-Henaku at 
If you are applying from South Africa, please send an email to Richard Cowden at

Q: Who will be available to help if I run into trouble during my research project? 
A: This research project includes training and mentorship. You will receive consultations and support throughout the project. 

Q: What is the purpose of this grant? 
A: Our goal is to encourage basic research in the field of forgiveness and to support research tailored to local culture. We hope to strengthen scientific skills and forgiveness knowledge for researchers in Africa. Through coaching, collaboration, and mentorship, we aim to help researchers develop their skills and ultimately create a culture of forgiveness research in West Africa and South Africa.

Q: Who is the funder? 
A: The Templeton World Charity Foundation

Q: Who is the leading this project? 
A: Dr. Everett Worthington is the principal investigator of this project. 
Read his bio →

Q: What are the chances that my application will be funded?
A: Of those that apply, 20 applicants will be chosen from West Africa and 20 applicants will be chosen from South Africa. These 40 candidates will attend a conference in their respective areas for training and networking opportunities. During this conference, each applicant will draft and strengthen their Letter of Intent (LOI) for their proposed research projects. Of the 40 candidates, 12 will be selected to continue in the project, six from each region. These 12 will attend a second conference and submit an Initial Funding Inquiry Form (IFIF) to be reviewed by the principal investigator, regional directors, consultant collaborators, and proposal reviewers. Two to four of the 12 IFIFs will be selected to continue and eventually be submitted to the Templeton World Charity Foundation for further funding.