RFP: The Sociology of Science and Religion: Identity and Belief Formation

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

The Sociology of Science and Religion: Identity and Belief Formation

Rice University and the University of California, San Diego are pleased to announce a $2.9 million re-granting initiative.  The “Science and Religion: Identity and Belief Formation” project will specifically fund sociological research that empirically examines how identities and beliefs are related to science and religion.  This project has been designed to provide support for new scholarship in the sociology of science and religion. The project, led by Elaine Howard Ecklund (Rice University) and John H. Evans (University of California, San Diego), is funded through the Templeton Religion Trust and coordinated by The Issachar Fund.

Religion and science are perhaps the dominant ways of meaning making in the late modern world.  While theologians and philosophers have built an impressive body of work on how science and religion should relate, and historians on how people have connected science and religion in the past, we know little about how contemporary people actually understand the science and religion interface.  This project on the sociology of science and religion, with a focus on beliefs and identities, is running concurrently with, and interacting with, separate yet aligned proposals in cognitive science/psychology and evolutionary anthropology.

We can imagine sociologists asking a number of questions within this broad framework.  We offer just a few examples: How do aligned identities (such as race, class, and gender identities) intersect with religious identities to shape beliefs about science, and beliefs about the relationship between religion and science? How do people use religion and science to anchor their identities in the modern world?  For example, are there people for whom science is an identity that operates in a manner similar to how religion operates as a source of identity?  Do people use religion and science to establish other identities? Given that people experience religion and science at the same time in their lives, how do people combine these perspectives to form meaningful action?

Awards for projects related to this initiative are available through the following five award types:

  1. Sociology graduate student fellowships ($50,000 each for a total of two years of funding).
  2. A two-year postdoctoral fellowship for a sociologist to be in residence at Rice University.
  3. Research grants ($100,000 each) for early career sociologists.
  4. Research grants ($200,000 each) for mid-career sociologists.
  5. Research grants ($200,000 each) for senior sociologists.

All awards will run two years in length. Early-career, mid-career, and senior scholar awards are eligible to begin as early as April 1, 2020; all projects must be completed by June 30, 2022. Graduate student and post-doctoral fellowships will begin on July 1, 2020 and must be completed by June 30, 2022. Letters of Intent are due October 15, 2019 for faculty grants, and January 15, 2020 for graduate student and postdoc awards.

For complete information about grant application eligibility, instructions and deadlines, download the full RFP from:  www.religion-science-sociology.com

John H. Evans
Tata Chancellor’s Chair in Social Sciences
Professor of Sociology
Associate Dean of Social Sciences,
Co-Director, Institute for Practical Ethics
University of California, San Diego

PhD Scholarships on “The African Diaspora and Pentecostalism in Australia”

Dear colleagues,

We are offering 2 PhD scholarships (1 based in Sydney and 1 in Perth) as part of the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project: “The African Diaspora and Pentecostalism in Australia: New Perspectives on Materiality, Media and Religion.”

This project investigates the new African Diaspora in Australia and its embrace of Pentecostalism, particularly after arrival. The African community in Australia has often been associated with poor settlement outcomes, and has also been on the receiving end of a racialised moral panic. The project aims: to understand the range of challenges African-Australian communities faces; to determine why so many of their members join Pentecostal churches; to investigate how Pentecostal churches support these communities’ translocal and transnational mobility and sense of belonging, and; to contribute to policy efforts to improve outcomes for African new arrivals in Australia.

Within this larger project, the PhD candidates will conduct ethnographic research with Pentecostal churches in Australia, and with African Diasporas in the country. Both projects will investigate questions such as: how do Pentecostal churches support/hinder processes of settlement and ‘integration’? How do some Pentecostal megachurches generate transnational religious fields – ones which may harness resources from branches elsewhere in the world? And what impact does all of this have on Australian cities’ post-secular social landscapes?

We welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds: anthropology, sociology, religious studies, African studies, Migration studies or a related field. In particular, the project is suitable for candidates with strong interests in the intersections of migration and religion. Applications from students of African heritage are especially welcomed.

Deadline: 30 June 2019

For more details, see

1. https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/graduate_research_school/grs/scholarships/current_scholarships/current_scholarships/ssap_the_african_diaspora_and_pentecostalism_in_australia (Religion and Society Research Centre, School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University, Sydney)

2. http://www.scholarships.uwa.edu.au/search?sc_view=1&id=8941 (, at the School of Social Sciences, University of Western Australia, Perth).

Prof Cristina Rocha
Director of Religion and Society Research Cluster |School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Western Sydney University
President: Australian Association for the Study of Religion

Jameel Scholarships

The Islam-UK Centre at Cardiff University is pleased to invite applications for this year’s Jameel Scholarships, starting September 2019.

Three fully-funded scholarships are available for the MA course ‘Islam in Contemporary Britain’.  Each scholarship will cover full UK/EU tuition fees and provide students with a £15,000 stipend as well as a £1,000 research
allowance.  For more information, refer to http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/islamukcentre/jameel-scholarships/

*Closing date for scholarship applications: 24th May 2019.*

Please circulate among your networks and encourage interested final year undergraduate students to apply!

For all enquiries, please contact: jameelscholarships@cardiff.ac.uk

Study Opportunity (funded): “Religion at the workplace: experiences, beliefs and practices”

Job Opportunity at the University of Southampton: SCDTP Studentship – <https://jobs.soton.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=1078718CC>

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2019/20 Academic Year.

We invite applications from qualified and highly motivated students to work in the area of religion, diversity, and work and employment. This research project investigates how workers negotiate faith/religious values in a multi-cultural/multi-faith workplace and how they comply/contest practices in the world of work guided by faith-related values and the use of religious artefacts and ceremonies. This interdisciplinary research will pay particular attention to the production of religious artefacts (shrines, effigies, scapulars, prayer cards, saint cards, etc.), and  practices of faith at the work place (dress code, special time off, religious jewellery, dietary requirements, prayer, meditation).

Supervisory Team:

Dr Bindi Shah (B.Shah@soton.ac.uk) and Dr María Villares-Varela (Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology; Faculty of Social Sciences) and Dr Heidi Armbruster (Modern Languages and Linguistics; Faculty of Humanities).

The closing date and time for applications is 11.59pm on 24th January 2019.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at: http://southcoastdtp.ac.uk/apply/

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at scdtp@soton.ac.uk<mailto:scdtp@soton.ac.uk>, or see links below:

Funding Opportunity: Global Religion Research Initiative

Global Religion Research Initiative

Hi, I am writing to ask you to share this announcement about five major grant and fellowship opportunities worth $900,000 with your faculty and graduate student colleagues. Could you please forward this email to them and anyone else you know who studies global religion or might possibly be interested in incorporating global religion into their current research and teaching?

Thank you,

Christian Smith
Center for the Study of Religion and Society
Department of Sociology, University of Notre Dame


Funding Opportunity: Global Religion Research Initiative

The Center for the Study of Religion and Society in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce the Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI), directed by Christian Smith and funded by the Templeton Religion Trust of Nassau, Bahamas.

The GRRI will fund over 150 research proposals by distributing $3.1 million to scholars of global religion between 2017 and 2020.

The GRRI offers five distinct competitive research and writing grants and fellowships programs available to scholars at all levels of their careers that intend to significantly advance the social scientific study of religions around the world.

Find out which grant or fellowship fits your idea below.

Dissertation Fellowship Program

Curriculum Development Program

International Collaboration Program

Project Launch Program

Book Leave Program

The application deadline is October 15, 2018.
Apply online at grri.nd.edu.

Global Religion Research Initiative
Center for the Study of Religion and Society
University of Notre Dame
1(800) 434-8441

PhD Opportunity – Interfaith Movement in Australia

Hi everyone,
 
Please see below invitation for PHD scholarships information. Send on behalf of Dr Halafoff.
 
With best wishes,
Milad.
 
Dr Milad Milani | Lecturer in Islamic history and the study of religion
Communications Officer
 
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PhD Opportunity – Interfaith Movement in Australia 
The University of Tasmania has a long and distinguished history of innovation and research excellence.  Building on our distinctive island environment and intellectual capacity to solve global challenges, we have cemented a position within the top 2% of research institutions worldwide. The College of Arts, Law & Education, School of Social Sciences is offering a 3-year fully funded PhD scholarship for an Honours or equivalent graduate in Sociology and Criminology. This scholarship provides $27,082 per annum (2018 rate) living allowance for 3 years, with a possible 6 month extension. 
The research project
This project is one part of a larger ARC Discovery project on religious diversity in Australia led by Douglas Ezzy (University of Tasmania), Gary Bouma (Monash University), Greg Barton and Anna Halafoff (both from Deakin University).  The PhD project involves a study of the interfaith movement in Australia, focusing on evaluating their impact on responses to religious diversity. Interfaith organisations play significant roles in promoting respect for religious diversity, community policing, prison and health care chaplaincy, responses to disasters, and advancing the social cohesion that is crucial to countering violent extremism. The project involves research with leaders and activists in the Australian interfaith movement about the benefits of and challenges faced in their activities and their experience of liaising with state actors, including police and the media.  The PhD is at the University of Tasmania and will be supervised by Professor Douglas Ezzy and Dr Anna Halafoff.
Eligibility
The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:
  • The scholarship is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international candidates;
  • The degree must be undertaken on a full-time basis; 
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a First Class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector;
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills. 
  • Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  
Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include: Sociology and/or Religious Studies and experience in qualitative and/or quantitative methods.
How to apply
Applicants should contact Professor Douglas Ezzy at the School of Social Sciences (
Douglas.Ezzy@utas.edu.au) for more information and to discuss their suitability for the project.  Suitable applicants will then be asked to complete an application via the University of Tasmania’s Online Application System
 

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PhD Studentship: Religion, Belief and Progressive Localism

Fully-funded Ph.D in Progressive Localism: the search for new partnerships and forms of co-production between local authority, faith sector and third sector actors as a response to ongoing austerity, increased despair and inequality and decline in institutional resources and knowledge.

Three years full-time to start January 2018. The Ph.D scholarship is for a total of £25,170 over three years to cover fees (£4,195 p/a) and maintenance (£4,195 p/a).

2 – 3,000 words proposals are invited from prospective candidates to develop new critical thinking and empirical research around the concept of progressive localism in UK settings. The concept, devised by David Featherstone et al., recognises that policies of ‘Localism’ have been associated with pushing responsibility for policy and funding away from the centre to local authorities and settings, thus connecting localism with austerity and neo-liberalism. Yet localism has the potential – and track record – for driving genuinely empowered, localised resilience and flourishing. Progressive localism is ‘outward looking and creates positive affinities between places and social groups negotiating global processes. These affinity groups and networks are expansive in their geographical reach … and productive of new relations between places and social groups.’ (2011)

We are looking for innovative and empirically based research that critically tests out the ideas behind this concept, addressing issues of power and partnership, leadership and change management, the postsecular, co-production, performative apologetics etc. We are interested in how new policy landscapes create or inhibit an ‘outwards facing approach’ to working alongside increased diversity, as part of ethical and tactical approaches towards increased engagement, leading to new and sustainable forms and expressions of progressive localism.

The proposal should outline how the candidate would construct a research thesis on this area, addressing issues of research questions, methodology, public impact and publications. A bibliography should be submitted as an appendix.

Background

The Faiths and Civil Society Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London and William Temple Foundation have invested in five fully funded Ph.D studentships to explore the role and impact of religion and belief in modern British life. William Temple was Archbishop of Canterbury in the 1940s whose theological and political thought and leadership led to the creation the post-war universal and comprehensive welfare state (a phrase that he coined). 

Both institutions are committed to critical, innovative and interdisciplinary research on trajectories in political, social and economic life, and policy. The new visibility of globalised religion within UK life, coupled with a steep rise of those who identify with ‘no-religion’ is a phenomenon of 21st century life, redefining key debates in public life; healthcare, education, law, community development, social cohesion, poverty and exclusion, human rights, wellbeing and flourishing. 

Four William Temple Scholar studentships were awarded in September 2017. Students will co-design one public impact event each year highlighting their research, as well as contributing regular blogs and social media feeds for both FCSU and WT Foundation platforms.

Deadline for applications: 12 noon, 1st December, 2017.

Successful applicants will be called to interview on 12th December, 2017.

Applications to Thomas Greenwood on  T.Greenwood@gold.ac.uk. Further queries to Professor Chris Baker on c.baker@gold.ac.uk.

Two PhD scholarships in Buddhist Studies

Dear Colleagues,

I once again would like to direct your attention to the current announcement of two PhD scholarships offered by the Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at LMU München. We are still accepting applications; the deadline is October 22nd. You can find more information on our homepage: http://www.en.buddhismus-studien.uni-muenchen.de/currentissues/phd_scholarships_2018/index.html

Best wishes,
Simone Heidegger

Dr. Simone Heidegger
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Promotionsprogramm Buddhismus-Studien
Oettingen-Str. 67
Raum 143
D-80538 München
Tel.: (+49)-89-2180-9809
       (+49)-89-9096-9582
Fax:  (+49)-89-2180-9801
E-mail: s.heidegger@lrz.uni-muenchen.de

Application Procedures for the 2018 Varga Prize

This award has been set in memory of Ivan Varga (1931-2012) and recognizes an outstanding new paper by a scholar who is at most three years beyond the PhD. The recipient is expected to present the paper at the next International Sociological Association (ISA) World Congress.

The prize consists of the registration fee for the ISA World Congress and a sum of 1000 Euro intended to cover part of the recipient expenses to attend the World Congress.

Guidelines

  • Candidates do not need to be members of ISA or members of ISA Research Committee for the Sociology of Religion (RC22)
  • All areas and topics of the sociology of religion are eligible for the Varga Prize.
  • Papers should be original and written in any of the three ISA official languages (English, Spanish or French).
  • There is no set length of the paper, but as a recommendation, a journal article length is appropriate. Authors could choose any bibliographic/citation format, as long as it is scholarly and the chosen format is kept coherently through the text

Evaluation of papers

An Evaluation Committee, appointed by the President of RC22, will be made up of members of the RC22 Board plus a few other scholars. The Committee will base its judgment on the papers scholarly quality, originality, and significance for furthering the sociological study of religion.

The Committee will choose the prize winner plus a runner-up, in case the winner is unable to accept the award due to an inability to attend the World Congress. The runner-up will also receive a monetary award. The winner and runner-up will be announced by February 1st 2018.

Application Procedure:

  1. Submit your paper proposal to one of the RC-22 sessions at the ISA website
    • Deadline is September 30th 2017, 24:00 GMT
  2. Send a copy of your abstract and the full finished paper to the President and the Secretary of the RC 22, along with a curriculum vitae and a letter describing your research and its significance. The paper and other documents should preferably be sent in PDF format.

Funding Opportunity: Global Religion Research Initiative

Hi, I am writing to ask you to share this announcement and attached flyer about six major grant and fellowship opportunities worth over $2 million over the next two years with your faculty and graduate student colleagues. Could you please forward this email to them and anyone else you know who studies global religion or might possibly be interested in incorporating global religion into their current research and teaching?

Thank you,

Christian Smith
Center for the Study of Religion and Society
Department of Sociology, University of Notre Dame


Funding Opportunity: Global Religion Research Initiative

The Center for the Study of Religion and Society in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce the Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI), directed by Christian Smith and funded by the Templeton Religion Trust of Nassau, Bahamas.

The GRRI will fund over 150 research proposals by distributing $3.1 million to scholars of global religion between 2017 and 2020.

The GRRI offers six distinct competitive research and writing grants and fellowships programs available to scholars at all levels of their careers that intend to significantly advance the social scientific study of religions around the world.

Find out which grant or fellowship fits your idea below.

Dissertation Fellowship Program

Postdoctoral Research Program

Curriculum Development Program

International Collaboration Program

Project Launch Program

Book Leave Program

The application deadline is October 16, 2017.
Apply online at grri.nd.edu.

Global Religion Research Initiative
Center for the Study of Religion and Society
University of Notre Dame
1(800) 434-8441