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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?  

Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society

This SSHRC-funded project will allow a group of scholars to study the peculiar context of religion/spirituality in the Pacific Northwest (or “Cascadia”). The project will include a survey, focus groups, interviews, and some text and archive work. We are interested in why the region seems to be empirically distinctive; the impact of post-religious environmental philosophies on the shape of religious and spiritual (and post-religious/spiritual) groups and movements; differences between Cascadia north (Canada) and south (US); the implications of rapid secularization for the provision of social services in the region; and the extent to which religiously committed individuals experience the region as inclusive.

Applications: please send a cover letter, CV, and two letters of recommendation, to CSRS@uvic.ca. We will continue to receive applications until we have found a suitable candidate, but we hope to conclude this search by the end of June.

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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.

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. 

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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