Category: Grants & Fellowships

University of St. Andrews – Call for Proposals: Course Development Grants in Science and Theology

The “New Visions in Theological Anthropology” project at the University of St. Andrews has announced a call for course proposals in Science and Theology.

Deadline 29 February. 

The project seeks to encourage research and teaching on science and theology/religion. We encourage the development of new courses which use empirical research in some aspect of theology/religion. While we are especially drawn to the pairings of (1) Moral Theology & Evolutionary Biology, (2) Spiritual Formation & Developmental Psychology, and (3) Ecclesiology & Cognitive Science, we welcome proposals for any syllabus that engages theology with behavioral science. Since developing any new course will take time away from other research, we have launched this series of Course Development Grants.

Full information about the Course Development Grants can be found here: https://set.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/course-development-grant/.”

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John Templeton Foundation Academic Cross-Training Fellowship

ACADEMIC CROSS-TRAINING FELLOWSHIP

Request for Applications

 

PURPOSE:

The John Templeton Foundation invites applications for its Academic Cross-Training (ACT) Fellowship program beginning December 1, 2019, with fellowships to begin Fall 2021. The ACT Fellowship program is intended to equip recently tenured (after September 2009) philosophers and theologians with the skills and knowledge needed to study Big Questions that require substantive and high-level engagement with empirical science.

Each ACT Fellowship will provide up to $220,000 (US dollars) for up to 33 months of contiguous support for a systematic and sustained course of study in an empirical science such as physics, psychology, biology, genetics, cognitive science, neuroscience, or sociology. Acceptable courses of study might include a plan to audit undergraduate and graduate-level courses, a plan to spend time in residence at a research lab, or a plan to earn a degree in an empirical science. This iteration of the program will also permit applicants to request that up to one year of the ACT Fellowship be used to support a small-scale pilot scientific research project that improves or enhances the capacity, skill, and talent of the fellow to investigate the above-described Big Questions. Fellows may undertake their study at their home institution or another institution. All fellows must have a faculty mentor in their cross-training discipline.

Please note that due to IRS limitations on the Foundation’s grantmaking, the maximum term of the ACT Fellowship is now 33 months.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

The application process has two stages: a Letter of Intent (LOI) and for the most promising applications, invitation to submit Full Proposal. The LOI must include the following:

  • Applicant information – contact details, name of academic institution conveying tenure, and CV (10 MB limit);
  • Request information – proposed project dates (project may not begin before the beginning of AY 2021-2022 or exceed 33 months in duration), cross-training discipline, and name of cross-training mentor;
  • 400-word Project Statement describing – a) what topics or questions you believe cross-training will help you investigate, (b) how these topics or questions fit with JTF’s donor intent, and (c) what the proposed course of cross-training might look like.

The LOI will be available as a web form from December 1, 2019-May 1, 2020.

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

LOIs for each applicant will be evaluated according to the following criteria listed in ascending order of importance: (i) the academic credentials of the proposed fellow, (ii) the publication record of the proposed fellow, (iii) the professional standing and professional accomplishment of the proposed fellow, (iv) the potential for the applicant to be an influential figure in their field in the future, (v) the appropriateness of the chosen means for the goal of cross-training, and (vi) the potential of the proposed fellow to undertake substantive, high-quality interdisciplinary research on Big Questions falling within the domain of JTF’s mission to fund “Science and the Big Questions” if the proposed fellow were awarded the fellowship. Applicants will not be evaluated based on the race, religion, or gender of the proposed fellow.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited university.
  • Employment by an accredited U.S. or non-U.S. university or college. The employer agrees to sponsor the applicant, be the ultimate recipient of fellowship funds, administer the distribution of funds, and make reports to JTF on the use of the funds.
  • Received tenure after September 1, 2009, or reasonably anticipates receiving tenure by the beginning of AY 2021, as defined by applicant’s employing institution.
  • Primary faculty appointment within a philosophy, religious studies, religion, or theology department.

Note: Trustees and officers of the John Templeton Foundation and other “disqualified persons” as defined pursuant to Section 4946 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, are not eligible to apply for the ACT Fellowship program.

TIMELINE:

December 1, 2019 LOI submission window opens
May 1, 2020: LOI submission window closes
June 1, 2020: Full proposals invited
July 13, 2020: Full proposals due
Fall 2020: Awards announced
Fall 2021: Fellowships begin

QUESTIONS:

Please email rfp@templeton.org.

https://www.templeton.org/internal-competiton-fund/academic-cross-training-fellowship-2020

 

Call for Proposals: Summer Workshop in Science-Engaged Theology. 8-14 June 2020 (Scotland).

The New Visions in Theological Anthropology: Science-Engaged Theology project at St. Andrews University has issued a call for proposals in regards to a Summer Workshop in Science-Engaged Theology: June 8-14, 2020 (Scotland).

This one-week collaborative summer workshop offers theologians the exciting opportunity to think carefully about theological anthropology on those questions that involve evolutionary biology, developmental psychology, and cognitive science. They provide full transportation, lodging, and meals; Stipend of £3,500, plus opportunity for significant follow-up funding (£25,000).

Full information about the summer workshop can be found here: http://set.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/summer-workshops/

Readers may wish to note additional clarification about framing projects as “theological puzzles.” Additionally, as shown here, the summer workshops are scheduled to run for three summers in pursuit of the following subdisciplinary pairings: (1) Moral Theology & Evolutionary Biology; (2) Spiritual Formation & Developmental Psychology; (3) Ecclesiology & Cognitive Science.

Call for Proposals: Course Development Grants – The Center for Hebraic Thought

Topic: Hebraic Thought and the Intellectual World of the Bible

The Center for Hebraic Thought (CHT) is offering two grants up to $4,000 each for the equivalent of a three-credit university course/module offered in your home institution for the 2020-21 academic year. The course may be undergraduate or graduate (US)/post-graduate (UK).

Deadline:

Applications received by March 16, 2020 will be given priority in the review process.

Eligibility:

Full-time professors (equivalent to the US ranks of assistant, associate, or full professor) at a regionally accredited college or university may apply.

Amount:

A development grant of up to $4,000 will be paid to the instructor of record. The grant also requires a post-semester workshop at The King’s College in New York City. The CHT will cover flight, hotel, and meals for traveling to NYC.

Description:

This grant aims to increase the study of biblical literature as an intellectual tradition and put Christian Scripture (both the HB/OT and the NT) in conversation with various philosophies and philosophical traditions. Applications that engage both the Bible as a primary source and works of conceptual analysis within the biblical texts will be considered more seriously (see list below). Additionally, applicants should feel free to include essays and books not listed below, especially if there are any plans to publish as a result of the course development. Successful applicants can expect to receive advice on course planning if needed from CHT personnel or fellows. See our website for other scholarly resources: hebraicthought.org/.

Apply:

A complete application should include:

  1. Name, position, brief biography, and institution of the applicant/s.
  2. Number of students expected and the semester/year of the term and how this course fulfills institutional and program requirements.
  3. Please indicate if this a team-taught course or a compressed schedule course (e.g., 8-week semester).
  4. A proposed syllabus that includes the course level, title, description, outcomes, dates of classroom meetings, possible skype/guest lecturers, assignments, and required/suggested readings.
  5. An endorsement of the application by the department chair, provost, or whomever approves class scheduling.

Applications and inquiries can be sent to djohnson@tkc.edu.

Scholarship on the Conceptual World of the Bible

Many other articles and volumes could be added, but these give the applicant a notion of the kinds of philosophical analyses of Scripture we aim to foster through this grant.

  • Joshua Berman
    • Created Equal (Oxford University Press, 2009).
    • Inconsistencies in the Torah (Oxford University Press, 2018).
  • Michael Carasik, Theologies of the Mind in Biblical Israel (Peter Lang, 2006).
  • James Diamond, Jewish Theology Unbound (Oxford University Press, 2018).
  • Henri Frankfort, et al., The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man (University of Chicago)
  • Jaco Gericke,
    • The Hebrew Bible and Philosophy of Religion (SBL Press, 2012).
    • “Is There Philosophy in the Hebrew Bible? Some Recent Affirmative Perspectives,” Journal for Semitics 23/2 (Jan 2014): 583 – 598.
    • A Philosophical Theology of the Old Testament: A Historical, Experimental, Comparative and Analytic Perspective (Routledge, 2020)
  • Lenn Goodman, God of Abraham (Oxford, 1996).
  • Moshe Halbertal and Stephen Holmes, The Beginning of Politics: Power in the Biblical Book of Samuel (Princeton University Press, 2017)
  • Yoram Hazony
    • Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
    • God and the Politics of Esther (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
  • Mary Healey and Robin Parry, eds., The Bible and Epistemology (Paternoster, 2007).
  • Dru Johnson
    • Biblical Knowing (Cascade, 2013).
    • Knowledge by Ritual (Eisenbrauns, Penn State Press, 2016).
    • Epistemology and Biblical Theology (Routledge, 2017).
    • The Question of God’s Perfection, edited with Yoram Hazony (Brill, 2018).
  • Ryan O’Dowd, The Wisdom of Torah (V&R, 2009).
  • Eleonore Stump, Wandering in Darkness (Oxford, 2010).
  • Jeremiah Unterman, Justice for All (JPS/University of Nebraska Press, 2016).
  • Shira Weiss, Ethical Ambiguity in the Hebrew Bible (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

For more information see:Center for Hebraic Thought

Lived Religion in the Digital Age Fellowship Opportunity

Dear colleagues,

We are delighted to announce two new fellowship opportunities with Lived Religion in the Digital Age, a public understanding of religion initiative at Saint Louis University supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

The application period for LRDA Teaching and Research Fellows is open through January 15, 2020. We encourage applications from instructional faculty and researchers at every rank and status. In order to promote these opportunities, we hope you could please share this email and the attached flyers with your colleagues and graduate students. We also have an annual graduate fellowship for doctoral students at Saint Louis University and would be happy to discuss that opportunity with any students considering applying to our graduate program.

The theme for the current call is “Performing Religion.” Next year’s theme will be “Religion, Migration, and Diaspora.” No prior digital humanities experience is required for either fellowship.

For more information about the project, including forthcoming information on public and academic events and updates on the development of the interactive database, please go to our website, www.religioninplace.org. For questions, please email Dr. Rachel McBride Lindsey, Assistant Professor of American Religion and co-director of Lived Religion in the Digital Age: rachel.lindsey@slu.edu.

Many thanks and best regards,
Rachel McBride Lindsey and Pauline Lee

New Visions in Theological Anthropology – Course Syllabi Grants (University of St Andrews)

About

New Visions in Theological Anthropology: Engaging with the Behavioral Sciences is a project designed to get theologians thinking carefully about theological anthropology on those questions that involve evolutionary biology, developmental psychology, and cognitive science. This project is intended as an exercise in science-engaged theology. By this, we see science as an authentic theological source alongside – not in competition with – scripture, tradition, and reason.

We don’t think that all theology needs to be science-engaged, nor do we think that theological anthropology needs science more than any other area. But we must begin somewhere. Therefore, within the overarching umbrellas of behavioral science and theological anthropology, we will focus on three subdisciplinary pairings:

  1. Moral Theology & Evolutionary Biology
  2. Spiritual Formation & Developmental Psychology
  3. Ecclesiology & Cognitive Science

Course Development Grants

Our project seeks to encourage research and teaching on science and theology/religion. We have found getting students thinking about the relationship between theology and empirical research is a good way to introduce new students to the field, as well as a good way to get advanced students performing at the highest level. During the St Andrews-based pilot programme, one course we developed turned out to be the largest in our department. Another, aimed for upper-division seminar discussions, was team taught by an expert in science and religion together with a professor in Hebrew Bible; they found it the perfect context for research-led teaching. Since developing any new course will take time away from other research, we have launched this series of Course Development Grants.

What we provide

  • Stipend of £1,200
  • Eligibility for a travel bursary (£500) to share findings at next AAR annual meeting

Your new course

  • Develop a new course which uses empirical research in some aspect of theology/religion.
  • While we are especially drawn to the pairings of (1) Moral Theology & Evolutionary Biology, (2) Spiritual Formation & Developmental Psychology, and (3) Ecclesiology & Cognitive Science, we welcome proposals for any syllabus that engages theology with behavioral science.
  • Courses can be for lower-division undergraduates, upper-division undergraduates, or for Master’s degrees.
  • Courses could be open to any major or limited to theology/religion, provided that it is at least cross-listed in your theology/religion department.

Selection criteria & eligibility

  • Overall fit with project vision (our project is somewhat different than the discipline of ‘Science & Religion’; see What is Science-Engaged Theology?).
  • Clear choice of relevant scientific and theological subdisciplines/topics.
  • Course plan reflects innovative ideas within best pedagogical practice and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Because bias gets in the way of good science (and theology), we seek a diverse set of topics and participants. Therefore, we are especially eager to facilitate participation by women and courses that study women’s contributions to science and theology.
  • Open to scholars with a PhD who are currently teaching in any college or university department of theology, divinity, or religious studies.

How to apply

Submit the following items to setheology@st-andrews.ac.uk:

  • Short description of the proposed module/class (400 words). Be sure to make your adherence to our project guidelines clear, in particular: (1) stating the subdisciplines you plan to use, both from theology and the relevant science, (2) why this course is important, and (3) a bit about the intended audience.
  • Applicant CV.
  • Letter of support from your department chair or dean, confirming the likelihood of the course being taught within approximately 2-3 semesters after development.
  • If you are selected, you will provide:
    1. Course syllabus/handbook, including assignments you set, readings, etc.
    2. If and when the new course has been taught, student feedback and your own feedback from a teachers’ perspective.

Gratitude to God: Psychological, Philosophical and Theological Investigations Project

Gratitude to God: Psychological, Philosophical and Theological Investigations Project

Duration: Two Years Start date between September 1, 2020 and November 1, 2020.
End date between August 31, 2022 and October 31, 2022

Description

Biola University, with the help of a very generous grant from The John Templeton Foundation, and under the direction of Peter Hill and Robert Emmons, welcomes proposals from various disciplines to investigate questions that concern Gratitude to God.*

*[For the sake of this proposal and the anticipated projects that we hope it generates, we are using the term “God” to encompass the supreme God of monotheistic traditions, as well as other supernatural or superhuman beings with agency and powers (gods, spirits, ghosts, saints), whether personal or impersonal (Smith, 2017) with capacities to “make things happen or prevent them from happening, especially obtaining goods and avoiding bads” (Smith, 2017, p. 22). The phrase “personal or impersonal” implies that the superhuman powers may or may not be believed to possess consciousness, intentions, feelings, desires and other properties of the mind. We use the term “cosmic gratitude” in the RFP to depict the state that is felt by people who are inclined to feel gratitude for things not plausibly attributable to human agency nor to a personal supernatural or superhuman agent (Roberts, 2014)]

Scope

We anticipate proposals for empirical and non-empirical projects that address one or more of the questions listed below. Proposals may be for projects that utilize the methodologies of the behavioral sciences, philosophy, theology, or religious studies. Empirical projects may be multimethod, qualitative, theoretical, cross-cultural, employ behavioral measures, or incorporate developmental approaches (though none of these are required). For the empirical projects, experimental methodologies are encouraged. There will be 4 separate award competitions: (1) Empirical large grants, (2) Empirical early career grants, (3) Non-empirical large grants, and (4) Non-empirical early career grants.

What is Beyond the Scope of this Competition?

Projects that are fundamentally concerned with the effect of gratitude to God on health, well-being, happiness, coping or other similar outcomes are valuable, but should be excluded from the present funding competition, which focuses on foundational questions. Projects that are primarily correlational in nature and psychometric work on measures of gratitude to God in adults are not encouraged.

Projects exploring comparisons among experiences and expressions of gratitude across religious traditions. The focus of the project is not a comparative examination of gratitude (e.g. are Buddhists more or less grateful than Christians?) but rather how people experience gratitude to God and other supernatural agents or forces.

Projects that focus on collaborations between psychology, theology, or philosophy of GTG and the ministry. The John Templeton Foundation has funded numerous projects that have supported collaborative work between academics and ministry professionals, but the focus here is on advancing basic scholarship on GTG.

Projects that are historical in nature are beyond the scope of this competition.

For a detailed PDF with instructions see here: https://emmons.faculty.ucdavis.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/90/2019/10/Gratitude-to-God-Request-for-Proposals.pdf

Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism Grant Applications Due December 31, 2019

The Cushwa Center administers four grant programs and one research award to support scholarly research in a variety of subject areas. The next application deadline for all five programs is December 31, 2019.


Research Travel Grants

Research Travel Grants assist scholars who wish to visit the University Archives or other collections at the Hesburgh Libraries at Notre Dame for research relating to the study of Catholics in America.

Peter R. D’Agostino Research Travel Grants

Offered in conjunction with Italian Studies at Notre Dame and designed to facilitate the study of the American past from an international perspective, these grants support research in Roman archives for a significant publication project on U.S. Catholic history.

Mother Theodore Guerin Research Travel Grants

The Cushwa Center recently launched this program supporting scholars whose research projects seek to feature Catholic women more prominently in modern history. Grants are made to scholars seeking to visit any repository in or outside the United States, or traveling to conduct oral history interviews, especially of women religious.

Theodore M. Hesburgh Research Travel Grants

The Cushwa Center established the Theodore M. Hesburgh Research Travel Grant Program to support research projects in any academic discipline that consider and incorporate the work of Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., former president of the University of Notre Dame.

Hibernian Research Awards

The Cushwa Center administers Hibernian Research Awards supported by an endowment from the Ancient Order of Hibernians, providing travel funds for the scholarly study of Irish and Irish American history.

For more information see: https://cushwa.nd.edu/grant-opportunities/

FTE’s Doctoral Fellowship Applications are Open

FTE’s 2020 Doctoral Fellowship applications are available now. If you want to help create conditions for students and scholars of color to thrive, we encourage you to share this opportunity.

In addition to receiving financial assistance, FTE Doctoral Fellows will join a longstanding community of theological educators and scholars to help sustain them on their vocational journey.

FTE offers the Fellowship for Doctoral Students of African Descent and the Fellowship for Latino/a, Asian and First Nations Doctoral Students. FTE will only review applications that meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be studying at an accredited academic institution in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Applicants must be finished with coursework by the beginning of the fellowship year (September 1, 2020).
  • Applicants at the dissertation stage must be in a position to write full-time during the fellowship year.
  • All pre-dissertation applicants must be past the coursework stage but have not yet reached candidacy [ABD].
  • To be classified at the dissertation stage [ABD], applicant’s dissertation committee must have approved the dissertation research proposal and writing plan and given the student full approval to proceed before submission of an application.
  • Applicants must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
Students enrolled in or applying to Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) programs are not eligible for this opportunity.

All interested applicants should read the general instructions for the fellowship before beginning the application process.

All online applications are due February 1, 2020.

Questions? Contact Program Manager Elsie Barnhart.

Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy will offer a one year doctoral dissertation fellowship of $25,000 for the academic year 2020-2021.

This doctoral dissertation fellowship will be given to a graduate student whose research engages and intersects issues within religion and philanthropy or faith and giving. The fellowship is intended to support the final year of dissertation writing.

The fellowship award will be paid in three installments: $11,000 at the beginning of the 2020-2021 academic year; $11,000 at the mid-point of the 2020-2021 academic year; $3,000 upon the successful completion of the dissertation.

Application Information

The application is now available for the 2020-2021 Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. Applications, along with all requested documents, are due by January 15, 2020. For more information see the following link:

https://philanthropy.iupui.edu/institutes/lake-institute/grants-scholarships/dissertation-application.html

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Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation – Applications Open

The Woodrow Wilson Foundation has opened its 2020 competition for several fellowships that support either dissertation completion or junior faculty progress toward tenure. Recipients not only receive support for their work, but also join a 75-year-old network of some 27,000 Woodrow Wilson Fellows—a select group with an impressive collective record of scholarship, teaching, service, and public influence. Thank you for your consideration; we look forward to hearing from any excellent candidates whom you might help us to identify.

For doctoral candidates completing dissertations:

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships 
Designed to encourage original and significant study of religious and ethical values in fields across the humanities and social sciences, the 2020 Newcombe Fellowships are available to Ph.D. and Th.D. candidates who expect to complete their dissertation between April and August 2021. Download the program flyer hereThe competition deadline is November 15, 2019. Questions may be directed to hogans@woodrow.org.

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies encourage research about women and gender that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. Recent Fellows have explored such topics as reproduction in the context of chronic disease, algorithmic detection of child abuse images, and changing feminist visions at the UN from 1975 to 1995. Download the program flyer hereThe competition deadline is October 15, 2019. Questions may be directed to hogans@woodrow.org.

For junior faculty:

The Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award supports tenure-track junior faculty as they work toward achieving tenure. Applicants must successfully pass their third-year review no later than January 31, 2020. The program is open to faculty in any field of the humanities or social sciences; preference will be given to those working on 20th- and 21st-century American history, politics, culture, and society, with emphases including African American issues, women’s issues, and/or higher education. Download the program flyer hereThe competition deadline is December 2, 2019. Questions may be directed to facultyleaders@woodrow.org

Louisville Institute Now Accepting 2020 Grant & Fellowship Applications

Are you or someone you know interested in applying for a 2020 Louisville Institute grant or fellowship? Application guides and information are now available at www.louisville-institute.org

2020 Application Deadlines

All applications are due by 11:59pm EST on the application deadline. 

Apply Today!