Post-Doc in Jewish-Islamic Studies

Dear colleagues,

The Jewish Museum Berlin invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the framework of our Jewish-Islamic Forum. For more information visit

Best regards,


Dr. Yasemin Shooman
Head of Academy Programs      
W. Michael Blumenthal Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin
Jewish Museum Berlin
Lindenstraße 9-14
10969 Berlin
Tel. +49 (030) 25993-379 | E-Mail:

Bristol Ethnicity Centre: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowship

Call for Expressions of Interest for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowship

The Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship would like to invite Expressions of Interest from postdoctoral researchers to apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowship.

The Centre for the Study of Ethnicity andCitizenship recognises the importance of ethnicity and migration to the study of contemporary societies and polities, and to prospects for social justice and social cohesion. Based in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS), the Centre co-ordinates and promotes the study of ethnicity in three broad areas:

–          Ethnicity, politics and citizenship: the politics of multiculturalism and other forms of ‘difference’, including gendered ethnicity and ethno-religious identities, challenges to secularism, the nation-state and the emergence of new forms of political participation and governance.

–          Ethnicity and inequalities: racialised exclusion, inter-generational poverty, labour markets, education, ethnic stratification and social mobility, ethnic competition.

–          Migration and transnational networks: labour migration, the family, gender and migration; elite and non-elite mobilities, migration policy; transnationalism and diaspora.

Cross-cutting these themes is a distinctive approach combining research into political discourses and socio-economic structures, with an interest in everyday practices, culture, and experience, on the one hand, and normative theory on the other.

With the growth of the Muslim populations in western Europe and concerns about integration, a special regional and comparative focus has emerged on Muslims and the place of religion in public affairs.

Centre members collaborate with partners in the UK, the rest of Europe and North America, and are involved in global networks. Activities are pursued through funded research, publications, conferences and seminars, with public engagement being a priority. The international journal, Ethnicities published by Sage since 2001 is a flagship of the Centre, as is the Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship book series.

The members of the Centre research staff and their interests can be seen at:

 General requirements of the Individual Fellowship:

Description of the MSCA Fellowship Program

The purpose of the MSCA Individual Fellowship (IF) is to support the mobility of researchers and help attract promising foreign researchers to work in the European context (EU Member States and Associated Countries) or outside Europe. The grant typically covers two years’ salary, a mobility allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution.

The Centre invites Expressions of Interest from eligible candidates who will have completed their Phd by September who wish to work on any of the themes relating to the interests of any of the members of Centre staff.

Submitting an Expression of Interest

Potential candidates are asked to submit their  CV, a brief outline of the proposed research (max 2 pages) and a cover letter  highlighting why you believe this area of work will be suited to the Bristol Ethnicity Centre as the host institution (max 1 page).

Please submit these as a word document to no later than 12 pm on Thursday 23 June.

The successful applicant will then be provided with support to complete their application for the grant deadline of 14 September 2016.

Åbo Akademi Doctoral Training Network for Minority Research (MinRes) VERY SHORT NOTICE!

The Åbo Akademi Doctoral Training Network for Minority Research (MinRes) is a new network in in the Faculty of Arts, Psychology and Theology. It is based on cooperation between the disciplines psychology, theology (systematic theology and ethics), and religious studies at Åbo Akademi University.

The ambition of the doctoral network is to create a much needed cross-disciplinary network for PhD students to conduct research related specifically to understanding the current nature, conditions, and effects of devaluating attitudes and relations towards minorities. This can include themes such as the current polarization of values and populist anti-minority speech; institutional, cultural and public models of accepted identities and logics of surveillance; religious and/or ideological frameworks as motivational structures in relating to and understanding minorities; verbal or physical violence against minorities; effects of negative attitudes and violence on e.g. subjective well-being; means to prevent radicalization and decrease associated violence; and novel alternative public strategies that better foster and guarantee the protection of minorities. These themes are, however, preliminary and will be defined definitively in the initiations process of the network and through recruitment of doctoral students in order to establish a coherent and dynamic doctoral network.

In this network doctoral students will pursue their projects as a team and under the supervision of Prof. Peter Nynäs (religious studies), Prof. Mikael Lindfelt (theology) and Prof. Pekka Santtila (psychology.). The Åbo Akademi University Minority Research profile that is currently developed will provide an additional important resource for the network.

For additional information about the positions and work tasks applicants are encouraged to contact Prof. and network director Peter Nynäs,, Prof. Mikael Lindfelt,, or Prof. Pekka Santtila,

More information:

Phd Research Fellowship in Biblical Studies available in Oslo (MF)

At Norwegian School of theology (MF), Oslo a Ph.D. research fellowship
within Biblical Studies is now available. The starting date for the
fellowship is September 1st 2016. Application, presentation of project,
Curriculum Vitae, and accompanying documents with attestation may be
sent electronically trough present webscheme by April 1st 2016.

Research Postgraduate Funding in Theology & Religious Studies at Leeds 2016/17

The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science (PRHS) at the
University of Leeds is pleased to inform potential applicants for
postgraduate study that it has available up to 18 fully-funded PhD
scholarships for UK/EU students for 2016-17 entry.

Full details of all scholarships, upcoming deadlines (from 15 January
2016) and how to apply can be found at

Within the School of PRHS Theology and Religious Studies (TRS)
represents an internationally excellent and world-leading environment
for postgraduate research. The latest UK Research Excellence Framework
(REF) in 2014 placed Leeds TRS joint 3rd overall nationally and 1st for
research outputs (publications).

Areas of supervision offered by TRS academic staff at Leeds are
summarised below; for the full range of staff interests and expertise

  • Religion and Social Theory; Fieldwork and Ethnography
  • Contemporary Islam, Migration/Diasporas/Ethnicity, Interfaith Relations
  • South & South-East Asian Religions, African Religions
  • Gender, Development, Environment,
  • Philosophy of Religion, theological anthropology, modern Christian
    thought, Ethics, Political Theology, Hebrew Bible

Those interested in applying are advised to contact potential
supervisors at an early stage. You should contact them by email, either
directly or through the relevant postgraduate research tutor for
Theology & Religious Studies: Dr Sean McLoughlin (

You are invited to consider visiting Leeds, by arrangement, to meet
potential supervisors and current students, attend seminars, and explore
the university’s excellent resources. Modest travel bursaries are
available for such purposes.

You are also strongly encouraged to attend (in most cases following
application) the university’s Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 5
February 2016
(, when you will
have opportunity to meet potential supervisors, current postgraduates,
and the postgraduate team.

For general information about postgraduate study in Philosophy,
Religion, and History of Science (PRHS) at Leeds see For full, regularly
updated information on upcoming awards and deadlines, including
application procedures, see the University of Leeds Postgraduate
Scholarships site

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Post-Doctoral Researcher in Islamic Studies, University of Chester, UK – closing date 6 August 2015

Post-Doctoral Researcher in Islamic Studies – FTC until 30/09/2016. Closing Date: 6 August 2015.

Applications are invited for the position of Postdoctoral Researcher in Islamic Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Chester. The Department is currently expanding in the area of Islamic Studies and has appointed Oliver Scharbrodt as first Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Chester with the strategic aim to turn the Department and its new Chester Centre for Islamic Studies (CCIS) into one of the prime centres for the academic study of Islam in the UK.

The post provides an exciting opportunity to develop Islamic Studies at the University by contributing to both research and teaching. The post-doctoral researcher will be part of a research project that examines transnational religio-political networks in contemporary Twelver Shiism operating between Iraq, Iran and Britain. Professor Oliver Scharbrodt is the principal investigator of the project which is funded the Gerda Henkel Foundation, a private foundation that supports research across the Humanities and Social Sciences. The post-doctoral researcher will also contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the Department.

Successful applicants will have a PhD in Religious Studies or other related discipline in the areas of Shia Islam, modern Islam, Muslims in Europe and/or gender and Islam. They must be able to conduct research in Arabic. Proficiency in Persian and experience of ethnographic research are desirable.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Oliver Scharbrodt, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester CH1 4BJ, Tel: 01244 511000, email

Candidates can apply through our website at and applications should be made via our Online Recruitment Website quoting reference number HR14429.

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Phd Scholarship in Ethical Monotheism

Three-year fully funded PhD studentship in Ethical Monotheism with Prof Stephen Frosh.

Applications are invited for this three-year fully funded PhD scholarship in the Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, to begin in October 2015. 

The scholarship is part of a wider project on Ethical Monotheism and is intended for a student who will explore the ethical formation of young people within monotheistic communities in a pluralistic urban setting

For more information and to apply:

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Two Fellowships in Jewish Studies

The Association for Jewish Studies is pleased to offer two fellowships in the social sciences.

For early career scholars (pre-tenure): Berman Foundation EARLY CAREER FELLOWSHIPS in Support of Research in the Social Scientific Study of the Contemporary American Jewish Community

The Berman Early Career Fellowships – awards of up to $8,000 each for the 2015-2016 academic year – aim to support a new generation of scholars in the field of the social scientific study of the North
American Jewish community. Fellowships will help offset scholars’ expenses in turning their dissertations into monographs or refereed journal articles (i.e. through funding research travel, equipment, materials, and fieldwork, or by subsidizing living expenses during the writing phase of the project).  Applicants must have deposited their dissertations no earlier than January 1, 2010 and no later than August 31, 2015. Further details are available on the AJS website.  Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

For graduate students: Berman Foundation DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS in Support of Research in the Social Scientific Study of the Contemporary American Jewish Community

The Berman Dissertation Fellowships – two awards of $16,000 each for the 2015-16 academic year – aim to support the development and expansion of the field of the social scientific study of Jewish Americans and the contemporary Jewish-American experience; enhance funding opportunities for up-and-coming scholars; and encourage graduate students in the social sciences to expand their research to include the study of North American Jewry. Preference will be given to applicants seeking support for doctoral research, but requests for funding to support the writing phase of the dissertation will also be considered. Applicants must be PhD candidates at accredited higher educational institutions who have completed their comprehensive exams and received approval for their
dissertation proposals (ABD).  Doctoral students from outside the field of Jewish Studies are encouraged to apply. Further details are available on the AJS website.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
Support for these programs is generously provided by the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation.

Please contact Amy Weiss, AJS Grants and Communications Coordinator, at or 917.606.8249 if you have any questions regarding the application process or fellowship programs.

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PhD Scholarship, Cognitive Science of Religion

The Aarhus Graduate School of Arts has recently publicized a call inviting applications for a 3-year PhD scholarship in the Cognitive Science of Religion within the framework of the Aarhus-Belfast joint
degree agreement.

Here is the link:

Please circulate the call to students and colleagues.

Best wishes,
Armin W. Geertz
Prof., Dr.Phil.
Director of Religion, Cognition and Culture Research Unit (RCC)
Chairman of the Interacting Minds Centre

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