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Fellowships and Research Grants

This section highlights a number of fellowships and/or research grants. The Religion and Diversity Project shares the information it receives concerning these opportunities. Unless otherwise indicated, the Religion and Diversity Project is not responsible for the fellowships or research grants listed below. For additional information, please follow the appropriate links. The information below is listed in chronological order.

What is currently available?  

Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements

The funding initiative is aimed at researchers who, with an eye to current developments, are examining the emergence of political movements in the Islamic world at the national and/or transnational level. The programme takes a look at the dynamics between Islamic teachings, Islamism, nationalism and transnational orientations and environments. Scientific discussion of the countries and regions of the Islamic world should bring together expertise possessing regional and thematic focus in order to allow the problems associated with areas of conflict to be expounded upon, particularly with regards to global influences and processes of cultural exchange. The research programme addresses scholars of all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. <o></o><o:p></o:p>

The individual research areas are:
1. Historical and present day Islamic systems of society and state
2. The concept of nation, national movements and nationalism in Islamic civilisation
3. Islamic fundamentalism or Islamic emancipation?
4. Transnational civil society movements in the Islamic world
5. Islamic states in the international world system.<o></o><o:p></o:p>

Deadline for Applications: May 24th, 2017

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ICSOR Research Grant

The ICSOR Grant Program provides residence  in Rome for researchers intending to carry out projects  regarding the sociology of religion. The grants provided will fund initial research into hypotheses that have not been fully explored as yet. Research applications will be judged principally on the basis of the novelty of the hypotheses and the innovative approaches proposed,  their direct relevance and applicability to the sociology of religion, their scientific quality and methodological strengths. ICSOR Grant Awardees  will be required to provide progress reports concerning their work during the entire duration of their residency and present their findings at the end of their stay in Rome and/or through a report/article published no later than one year after the end of the grant.


Deadline for Applications: March 30th, 2017
Announcement of Awards: Late April, 2017
Earliest Starting Date for Research Projects: May 1st, 2017

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Prize: The Donner Institute Prize for Outstanding Research into Religion 2017

The Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History hereby calls for nominations for its annual prize for outstanding research into religion. The nominations should be submitted by 31 January 2017.

The prize is awarded to a researcher in the field for a significant, relatively recent monograph or article, in printed or digital form. The research should have been carried out at a Nordic university.

The prize sum amounts to € 5,000. It was awarded for the first time at the Donner Institute Symposium in June 2010. The prize committee consists of the Donner Institute Board.

Nominations can be made by professors, supervisors and researchers in the field, one cannot however nominate oneself. The nomination of a maximum of two pages should include a short presentation of the researcher and the publication, as well as a motivation why the nominee should be awarded the prize. The nomination and the suggested publication should be sent in two copies to the Donner Institute.

The nominations should be sent by 31 January 2017 to Ruth Illman, secretary of the Donner Institute Board. 

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Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame

The Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce the Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI), directed by Christian Smith, which will fund over 150 research projects to advance the social scientific study of global religion. $3.1 million in grant and fellowship funding will be awarded over the next three years to faculty, postdocs, and graduate students. Visit grri.nd.edu or email grri@nd.edu for more information.

Deadline for applications: October 17, 2016

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Understanding Unbelief: Call for Proposals

Through a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the University of Kent welcomes proposals contributing to the Understanding Unbelief programme. Over the next three years, this initiative will provide £1m for international research from the human sciences (e.g. anthropology, cognitive science, psychology, political science, and sociology) to advance our empirical understanding of the array of phenomena commonly labeled as ‘unbelief’. We aim to fund a minimum of 8 projects of up to 24 months in duration; individual researchers or project teams can apply for funding to a maximum project value of £300,000.

We are now inviting submission of Letters of Inquiry, following which we will invite a limited number of researchers and research teams to submit full proposals. For more information about the parameters of the programme and the evaluation criteria for submissions, please refer to the information sheet provided at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/non-religious-belief/understanding-unbelief/grant-competitions/RFP1/index.

This Call for Proposals is part of a wider programme of work in the Understanding Unbelief project; for more information on all areas of research and opportunities for funding, please visit the Understanding Unbelief website at www.understanding-unbelief.net.

Deadline for Letters of Inquiry: Friday 14 October 2016

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