Tag: Science and Theology

Fellowship Opportunity in Science-Engaged Theology Offered by the New Visions in Theological Anthropology (NViTA) Project.

The New Visions in Theological Anthropology project (University of St. Andrews) has announced a new fellowship opportunity.

Our vision – New Visions in Theological Anthropology (NViTA) 

  • The NViTA project will focus on three subdisciplinary pairings within the overarching umbrellas of behavioral science and theological anthropology: 
  1.   Moral Theology & Evolutionary Biology 
  2.   Spiritual Formation & Developmental Psychology
  3.   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. 

About the Fellowship  

  • The Fellowship is a unique professional opportunity to support the development of scholarship in Science–Engaged Theology within the NViTA project.  
  • The Fellowship endeavours to provide a supportive and collaborative environment for Fellows to develop their research in this field.   

What is included?  

NViTA Summer Workshop 

  • Attendance at the NViTA Summer Workshop in June. This will take place in St Andrews, Scotland.   
  • Travel, accommodation and the majority of meals for the duration of the workshop (within budget guidelines).  
  • Fellowship Stipend of £3,500 per winning project.  
  • The opportunity to collaborate with other Fellows, and experts in the fields of science and theology.  

Ongoing research support 

  • Assistance with development of your theological puzzle with view to eventual publication.  
  • Membership in Fellowship subgroup to encourage detailed conversation with other Fellows and leaders in science-engaged theology. 

NViTA at AAR/SBL Annual Meetings 

  • Travel subsidy of up to £500 and participation in one-day NViTA workshop linked to the AAR/SBL Annual Meetings.    

Follow-on Funding 

  • 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. 

More about Follow-on Funding 

Fellows with particularly promising projects will be eligible for competitive follow-on funding to support additional research. These follow-up proposals 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. 

Future Dates 


  • Fellowship Applications Due: 14th February 2021
  • Announcements Made: 15th March 2021
  • Summer Workshop in St. Andrews: Expected to take place 6th – 12th June 2021 (Scotland)
  • Follow-on Funding Application Period: Summer/Autumn 2021
  • Workshop at AAR/SBL: Expected to take place 19th November 2021 (San Antonio, USA) 


  • Fellowship Applications Due: 14th February 2022
  • Announcements Made: 15th March 2022
  • Summer Workshop in St. Andrews: 5th – 11th June 2022 (Scotland)
  • Follow-on Funding Application Period: TBC
  • Workshop at AAR/SBL: Expected to take place 18th  November 2022 (Denver, USA) 

Past Dates


  • Fellowship Applications Due: 20th February 2020 (deadline extended)
  • Announcements Made: 15th March 2020
  • Summer Workshop in St. Andrews: 7th – 13th June 2020 (Scotland) – postponed
  • Follow-on Funding Application Period: Autumn 2020
  • Workshop at AAR/SBL: AAR/SBL 2020 Annual Meeting now virtual event and replaced by virtual sessions 

The Fellowship will run from a Fellow’s date of acceptance until 31st July 2022.  

 How do I apply for the Fellowship?  


2020 Cohort

Three Virtual Sessions on Science-Engaged Theology; Hosted by (NViTA) New Visions in Theological Anthropology.

New Visions in Theological Anthropology (NViTA), an initiative in science-engaged theology 

The NViTA team are excited to announce we will be running three virtual sessions examining topics in science-engaged theology around the AAR and SBL Virtual Meetings. As a member of the emerging science-engaged theology community we would like to invite you to take part in these sessions. You are welcome to attend all or just one of the sessions. 

1.        Teaching science-engaged theology. – Tuesday 1st December 2020  

2.       Puzzles in science-engaged theology. – Tuesday 8th December 2020  

3.       Science-engaged theologies: variations on a common theme? – Thursday 10th December 2020 

For full details including descriptions, a list of presenters and how to register please go to https://set.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/virtual-sessions/

The NViTA team 

John Perry, Joanna Leidenhag, Sarah Lane Ritchie, Mikael Leidenhag, Kevin Nordby

Call for Proposals: Course Development Grants in Science and Theology. University of St. Andrews – Upcoming Deadlines 31 Oct. 2020 and 28 Feb. 2021.

The “New Visions in Theological Anthropology” project at the University of St Andrews has announced two new rounds of course development grants in Science and Theology. This posting is a reminder of the upcoming deadline:

Deadline 31 October 2020 and 28 February 2021 

Our 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 empirical science. Since developing any new course will take time away from other research, we have launched this series of Course Development Grants and offer stipends of £2,000.

For full details including how to apply: https://set.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/course-development-grant/.

Blueprint 1543 – A New Science & Theology Venture – Launches

Justin Barrett and Rebecca Dorsey Sok have co-founded a new venture, Blueprint 1543, with a mission to integrate Christian theology and the sciences to answer life’s biggest questions. The Knoxville-based organization is focusing on three broad initiatives—leadership development, sciences-engaged theology, and science stewardship—supported by a portfolio of programs and projects. Blueprint 1543 will be developing their own projects, as well as consulting and coaching for partner organizations. Sok and Barrett have managed over $16 million in grants with multiple funding partners (such as the AT project, and TheoPsych: Bringing Theology to Mind). This new venture signals their exit from running Fuller Theological Seminary’s Office for Science, Theology, and Religion (STAR), which also supported interdisciplinary research and programs in faith-science integration. Sarey Martin Concepción joins Barrett and Sok as Blueprint 1543’s Director of Communication. BP1543 is currently building its roster of partners from the fields of theology, philosophy, and the sciences. To stay up to date on projects and opportunities, follow on Facebook, Twitter, or sign up for their newsletter. More information at www.blueprint1543.org