Two funded PhD scholarships are available for those interested in doing research in philosophical theology.
*Deadline is 15, January 2022*
As part of the international research initiative Widening Horizons in Philosophical Theology, two fully funded PhD studentships are being offered in philosophical theology in the broadly continental tradition.
Scholarships comprise home or overseas fees, as well as living support of c. £16,000 per year. Students will be part of the School of Divinity and pursue their proposed projects under the supervision of Prof Judith Wolfe and/or Dr King-Ho Leung.
Projects should participate in the vision of Widening Horizons.
Informal enquiries may be directed to Prof Wolfe or Dr Leung.
How do I apply?
Applications should be submitted through the PhD application portal of the University of St Andrews by 15 January 2022.
Widening Horizons in Philosophical Theology (WHiPT)
The Summer Fellowship application period is now open for the Summer 2022 cohort.
About the Fellowship
- The Fellowship is a unique professional opportunity to support the development of scholarship in Science–Engaged Theology.
- The Fellowship endeavours to provide a supportive and collaborative environment for Fellows to develop their research in this field through virtual and in-person activities.
Our vision – New Visions in Theological Anthropology (NViTA)
- The NViTA project will focus on three subdisciplinary pairings within the overarching umbrellas of behavioural science and theological anthropology:
- Moral Theology & Evolutionary Biology
- Spiritual Formation & Developmental Psychology
- Ecclesiology & Cognitive Science
- Our project does not study ‘science and religion’ as such. Instead we are interested in thoroughgoingly theological questions that are explicit about what branch of science they draw upon and what subdisciplines of theology they fall within. Any scientific and theological (biblical, ethics, philosophical, practical, systematic, etc.) subdisciplines are welcome, provided they are clearly stated.
- We do not think that all theology need be science-engaged. That is, we do not think that because empirical data is needed for some theological questions that it is thus required for all theological questions; but, when it is required, we want to encourage this to be done well.
- We prioritise expressing our research through theological puzzles.
What is included for Fellows on the 2022 cohort?
Summer 2022: NViTA Science-Engaged Theology Conference
- Fellows will attend a conference as part of the NViTA project between 5th-11th June 2022.
- Travel, accommodation and the majority of meals for the duration of the conference will be included in your Fellowship.
- You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other Fellows and experts in the fields of science and theology.
- As a Fellow you will receive a stipend of £3,500 per winning project, awarded to you in early 2022.
Ongoing research support
- From early 2022 you will have the opportunity to access assistance with developing your theological puzzle, with a view to eventual publication.
- You will join a Fellowship group to encourage detailed conversation with other Fellows and leaders in science-engaged theology.
- In late February / early March 2022 you will have the opportunity to apply for additional funding (Follow-on Funding) of up to £25,000 to support research in areas of your theological puzzle and to encourage engagement with science.
- Particularly promising projects will be eligible for this competitive funding to support additional research. These projects may be for amounts of up to £20,000 for research support and up to an additional £5,000 to enable them to engage in activities that draw their work into deeper engagement with contemporary science and practicing scientists.
- Science activities could include short-term or long-term visits to a scientific laboratory or research group, attending a scientific conference or meeting a scientist whose work is pertinent to the area of theological inquiry, buying scientific books, paying a scientist honoraria to consult or review drafts of your work, or some similar activity that deepens engagement with an active scientific research field.
- You will be encouraged to propose research outputs that are not dependent on traditional travel and which include creative ideas to engage others in your research.
- Fellowship Applications Due: 17th January 2022
- Announcements Made: Around 16th February 2022
- Follow-on Funding Application Period: Late February / Early March 2022
- 2022 NViTA Science-Engaged Theology Conference in St Andrews: 5th – 11th June 2022
The Fellowship will run from a Fellow’s date of acceptance until 31st July 2022.
How do I apply for the Summer Fellowship?
The Summer Fellowship application period is now open.
Interactions between Christian thinkers and continental philosophy often have a critical focus, whether on the intellectual debt continental philosophers owe to the Christian tradition, or on the ways secular philosophers critique classical theological accounts of ultimate reality. The newly-funded Widening Horizons in Philosophical Theology project at the University of St Andrews focuses on the joint potential of theology and continental philosophy for discovery and growth, using the intellectual resources continental philosophy makes available to open new horizons in philosophical theology.
Widening Horizons is offering twelve grants for research projects that advance this constructive aim. Applications may be for
- small projects of up to £60,000 (including c. £8,000 fixed costs); or
- large projects of up to £160,000 (including c. £23,000 fixed costs).
Projects should start between 1st October 2021 and 1st March 2022, and end between 30th September 2023 and 28th February 2024. Most activities may be concentrated within a shorter period if desired.
The call for proposals for these projects is now open until 31 May 2021 (17:00 BST). Application details and further information can be found at: https://philosophical-theology.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/.
Details about the wider multi-year project can be found here.