The National Coalition of Independent Scholars administers two grant programs funded by the Orphiflamme Foundation and The Opaline Fund of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, the Dorbrecht Grant for Judaic Yoga and the Dorbrecht Grant funding research in yogic thought.

These two grant programs provide a unique opportunity for independent scholars to receive funding to help subsidize their research composition. 

Grants, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, will be awarded to selected projects until the available funding is exhausted.

The Dorbrecht Grant will be awarded to projects engaging yogic thought in one of the following areas:

  • Scholarship in the philosophy, history, or sociology of yoga
  • Scholarship on the practice of yoga (biological, physiological, psychological, pneumatological) in its postural and non-postural aspects
  • Yogic thought on the margins of a scholarly or critical project, e.g. autobiographical / subjective explorations of the practice and its implications for mental processes and patterns, academic institutions, systems, and pedagogical methodologies.
  • Yogic criticism, e.g., engagement with art, literature, architecture, music in the mode of the practice / tapas
  • Translations and interpretations of translations on the theme of union

The Dorbrecht Grant for Judaic Yoga will be awarded for projects that explore relationships between aspects of the Jewish tradition and the philosophy or practice of yoga.

Deadline: Ongoing


Send the following documents (as Microsoft Word or PDF attachments) to

  • A short (2 pages) written proposal 
  • A current CV
  • A budget/statement of financial need
  • Two professional references
  • A brief description of how you plan to disseminate your research and findings to the general public
  • Optional: Other samples of writing/scholarship

The subject line in your email should indicate the grant program to which you are applying.
Criteria for selection:
Applicants will be selected by a three-person panel selected by the funding agencies. All funding decisions are final. The basis for selection will include a review of the quality of the project proposals, quality of writing exhibited in those proposals, and financial need of the applicant.

Any applicant for a grant disbursed and/or administered by NCIS must be a member in good standing at the time of application. The applicant must indicate this membership either on the application form or in the applicant's letter. The Dorbrecht awardee must remain an NCIS member in good standing until (1) all funds have been disbursed; (2) the awardee has completed and verified the completion of the grant by documenting all research and resulting publication(s); and (3) all final and/or required reports have been duly completed by NCIS or the awardee.

Apply here for NCIS membership. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis.

The awards committee meets periodically after a receiving applications to select projects that look to be promising to fund. If the need arises later, the awards committee may choose to set specific deadlines on a quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis, as fits with the overall goals of the programs and with the volume of applications submitted for consideration.

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