Bill Pollard Faith and Business Research Fellowship

CIB is offering a residential research opportunity studying the integration of faith and business. Three select scholars will be invited to visit the SPU campus for two weeks during the summer of 2020.

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In 2017, former ServiceMaster CEO and Chairman Bill Pollard donated a vast collection of internal papers and speeches to the work and faith library at Seattle Pacific. These documents provide unique insight into his lifelong endeavor to integrate Christian values in a diverse, multinational, publicly traded company.

The Pollard papers are organized into seven volumes around these topics:

  1. The Awesome Responsibility of Leadership
  2. The Role of the Firm as a Moral Community
  3. Business as a Calling
  4. Mission as an Organizing Principle
  5. Knowing What is Right and Doing It
  6. Management as a Liberal Art
  7. The Virtue of Profit
Bill Pollard

Bill Pollard

The three scholars who are awarded the Bill Pollard Faith and Business Research Fellowship will draw from the Pollard papers and other resources in SPU’s Work and Faith Collection — the largest of its kind — to develop new research on an aspect of the papers related to the interest of the scholar. A panel of judges will evaluate the papers and invite one scholar to return to SPU in 2021 for a presentation of the research findings and a discussion with faculty and fellows in the Center for Integrity in Business. 

All travel and lodging expenses will be covered, and stipends will be paid to scholars who have a U.S. work permit: $1,000 upon the completion of their residency and an additional $1,000 upon the completion of their research paper.

Program Timeline

January 2020: Applications due
February 2020: Decisions announced
June 14–26, 2020: Seattle residency and research
January 2021: Research papers due
Spring 2021: Seattle research presentation (one select scholar)

To Apply

The application deadline for the Bill Pollard Faith and Business Research Fellowship is January 31, 2020. Email CIB Director Gene Kim to indicate your interest. Application instructions will be provided upon request.

Application Materials

Prospective scholars will be asked to submit:

  • Cover page
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Three short essays (additional instructions will be provided)

One space will be reserved for a scholar who is local to the Seattle area. The two remaining spaces will be open to all qualified applicants, regardless of location.