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

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

Dissertation Fellowships, University of Victoria

The Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at UVic offers fellowships ($5000 plus a private office for a year) to people in the thesis or dissertation phases of their graduate programs. Visits of less than a year are also possible. 

These fellowships will allow students to be part of a vital interdisciplinary intellectual and social space in which they can focus on their writing. Over the last 25 years, we have been fortunate to host visiting graduate students from many other universities. Now, we are able to offer some funding to help support visiting students interested in completing their writing within a unique scholarly environment. 

Most applicants would already have external funding from SSHRC or their home university. So, our funding would not cover all expenses, but it should make a significant contribution. The deadline for applications is the middle of November, 2017 and the fellowships would begin sometime after spring, 2018. ​

Please see:

Students interested in this opportunity should contact me (, or my colleague Sally Lin (

Paul Bramadat

Doctoral Scholarships, University of Köln

Starting April 1, 2018, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, the integrated graduate school of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cologne, will again provide doctoral scholarships and doctoral fellowships. Both announcements might be of interest for researchers from the fields of religious studies, cultural studies or anthropology, from Germany and abroad alike. The application deadline for both announcements is November 03, 2017.

Attached please find the calls as PDF files. Please visit our website to find all further information:

Julia Maxelon M. A.
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne
Graduiertenschule der Philosophischen Fakultät
Universität zu Köln
D – 50923 Köln
+49 (0)221 470-2289

High Training School in Sociology of Religion in Rome, Dec 27-30, 2017

Dear Colleague, 

I send notice of the High Training School in Sociology of Religion, which will take place in Rome from 27 to 30 December 2017, in collaboration with the International Center for the Sociology of Religion (ICSOR) and the Section of Sociology of Religion of the Italian Sociological Association. Applications will expire on 30 September 2017. Participation is free of charge. For board and lodging at special prices see attachment.

I also attach the School’s provisional programme. The basic idea of SAFSOR is to make a review of the state of the art (as far as possible) of the sociology of religion, to propose some classics, to bring together young scholars, to offer some examples of research, to reflect on a theoretical level about the sociological approach to the religious phenomenon, to create communities among experts of the sector belonging to different generations. 

A warm greeting. 

Roberto Cipriani

Gentile Collega,

invio il bando della Scuola di Alta Formazione in Sociologia della Religione che si svolgerà a Roma dal 27 al 30 dicembre 2017, in collaborazione fra l’international Center for the Sociology of Religion (ICSOR) e la Sezione di Sociologia della Religione dell’AIS. La scadenza delle domande è il 30 settembre 2017. La partecipazione è gratuita. Per vitto ed alloggio a prezzi convenzionati vedi in attachment.

Allego altresì il programma della Scuola. L’idea di base della SAFSOR è di fare una rassegna sullo stato dell’arte (per quanto possibile) della sociologia della religione, di riproporre alcuni classici, di far incontrare fra loro i giovani studiosi, di offrire qualche esempio di ricerca, di riflettere sul piano teorico in merito all’approccio sociologico al fenomeno religioso, di creare comunità fra i cultori del settore appartenenti a generazioni diverse. 

Un caro saluto. 

Roberto Cipriani

Two PhD scholarships for dissertation projects related to Buddhism.

The Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany offers two PhD scholarships for dissertation projects related to Buddhism.

  •   Deadline for applications:    22 October 2017
  •   Start of scholarship:         Summer or autumn 2018
  •   Duration of scholarship:      3 or 4 years
  • Scholarship amount:           EUR1000 per month + insurance + support for  rent + EUR460 per year + lump sums for travel
  • Scholarship donor:            German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at the Ludwigs-Maximilian-Universität in Munich is based on a cooperation between Asian Studies (Indology, Japanology, Sinology, Tibetology) and Religious Studies and promotes and supervises PhD theses related to Buddhism within a broad range of subjects and disciplines. To strengthen the disciplinary and communicative skills of the doctoral students, the research-oriented study program is complemented by workshops and teaching placements as well as by transferable skills training.

Intensive supervision by mentoring teams helps students to accomplish doctoral projects at the highest level. In addition, the integration of the doctoral candidates into interdisciplinary and international networks promotes their professional development as young scholars.

The selection process comprises two stages: Applications are sent to the Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies in Munich. The program will select promising candidates, who then have to submit their materials to the DAAD. It is expected that the successful candidates will be chosen and informed by February 2018.

The prerequisites for application are:

  • non-German citizenship
  • a Master of Arts or Magister Artium degree or equivalent in a relevant field
  • excellent knowledge of at least one Buddhist source language
  • outstanding qualifications in the subject
  • and fluency in English.

A basic knowledge of German is also desirable, though not a prerequisite, but willingness to learn German/improve German language skills will be expected. Applicants should not have lived in Germany for more than fifteen months at the time of the submission of their materials to the DAAD (in December or January), and the last final examination should have taken place no more than six years before this date.

For details concerning the application, please visit our homepage:

Dr. Simone Heidegger
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies
Oettingen-Str. 67
D-80538 München
Tel.: (+49)-89-2180-9809
Fax:  (+49)-89-2180-9801

Postdoktorand In Religionswissenschaft, Soziologie, Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaft, Theologie 60%-100%


Das Zentrum für Religion, Wirtschaft und Politik (ZRWP) an der Universität Basel sucht ab dem 1. April 2018 für mind. 12 Monate (eine Verlängerung um 18 Monate ist möglich) eine/n PostdoktorandIn für das Forschungsprojekt “Urban Green Religions”.

Das ZRWP ist eine gemeinsame Einrichtung der Universitäten Basel, Fribourg, Lausanne, Luzern und Zürich sowie des Collegium Helveticum. Das ZRWP widmet sich in Forschung und Lehre der inter- und transdisziplinären Untersuchung von Religion und ihren Wechselwirkungen mit Wirtschaft und Politik.


Über das Forschungsprojekt:

Das Forschungsprojekt “Urban Green Religions” wird über eine Gesamtzeit von 30 Monaten die Rolle von Religion in urbanen Energiewendeprozessen untersuchen. Hierzu werden mitunter qualitative Leitfadeninterviews mit Akteuren aus unterschiedlichen Sektoren (z.B. Politik, Wirtschaft, Verwaltung) der gewählten Städte durchgeführt. Das Projekt wird durch den Schweizerischen Nationalfonds (SNF) gefördert.


Ihre Aufgaben:

– Selbständige Durchführung des Forschungsprojekts in Kooperation mit der Projektleitung

– Verfassen von peer-reviewten Artikeln zum Forschungsprojekt

– Organisation von wissenschaftlichen Veranstaltungen

– Beteiligung an der Lehre des ZRWP


Ihr Profil:

– eine abgeschlossene Promotion in Religionswissenschaft, Soziologie, Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaft, Theologie, Ethnologie oder Anthropologie

– einen Forschungsschwerpunkt im Bereich Religion und/oder Nachhaltigkeit

– empirische Forschungserfahrung (besonders qualitative Leitfadeninterviews)

– Erfahrung in der eigenständigen Durchführung von Forschungsprojekten

– sehr gute Kenntnisse der englischen und der deutschen Sprache

– Aufgeschlossenheit für interdisziplinäre und internationale Zusammenarbeit

– Freude an selbständiger und teamorientierter wissenschaftlicher Arbeit


Wir bieten Ihnen:

Wir bieten eine attraktive Forschungsposition in einem spannenden Forschungsumfeld zu einem Themenfeld von wachsender Relevanz bei Bezahlung gemäß _Beitragsreglement.pdf


Weitere Auskünfte:

Ihre Bewerbungsunterlagen (Motivationsschreiben, Lebenslauf, Publikationsliste, akademische Zertifikate, Namen von zwei Referenzen, eine ausgewählte Publikation) senden Sie bitte bis zum 8. September 2017 zusammengefügt in einer einzigen PDF-Datei an (Franziska Müller Boss). Weitere Auskünfte erhalten Sie von Prof. Dr. Jens Köhrsen, Die Bewerbungsgespräche finden am 28. September 2017 statt.

Call for applications for the 2017 UCSIA summer school on “Religion, Culture and Society: Entanglement and Confrontation”, 27th of August – 2nd of September 2017.

We would like to draw your attention to the call for applications for the
2017 UCSIA summer school on “Religion, Culture and Society: Entanglement
and Confrontation”. This summer school is a one-week course taking place
from Sunday 27th of August until Saturday  2nd of September 2017. This
year the program will focus on the topic “Between Market, State and
Religion: Economic Realities, Social Justice & Faith Traditions”.



This year, the central aim of the UCSIA summer school is to reflect upon
the evolutions of economic markets interacting with specific political and
socio-religious contexts through time and space. Focus is put upon the ways
in which socio-economic evolutions such as globalization, the historical
rise of capitalist economies and the idea of the self-regulating market
interact with and affect socio-religious and cultural normative frameworks
on both the level of governmental policy, economic stakeholders and the
individual household. The present call invites paper proposals in which the
broad topic of economic realities interacting with social contexts and
faith traditions will be discussed from a diverse lines of approach,
clustered around following subthemes:

§  Globalization, economic imperialism and social justice
§  Religious communities and economic values and production
§  Capitalism under construction: appropriation of capitalist producing and

Guest lecturers are Prof. Dr. Jennifer Olmsted (Department of Economics
and Middle East Studies at Drew University), Prof. Dr. Mayfair Yang
(Department of Religious Studies and Department of East Asian Languages &
Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara), Dr. David
Henig (School of Anthropology & Conservation, University of Kent, UK) and
Prof. Dr. Paul Oslington (Alphacrusis College, Sydney, Australia)

Practical details:

Participation and stay for young scholars and researchers are free of
charge. Participants should pay for their own travel expenses to Antwerp.
You can submit your application via the electronic submission form
<> on the summer
school website <>. The completed file as
well as all other required application documents must be submitted to the
UCSIA Selection Committee not later than Sunday 14th of May 2017.  For
further information regarding the programme and application procedure,
please have a look at our website:

Please help us to distribute this call for applications among PhD
students and postdoctoral scholars who might be interested in applying for
this summer school.
For all further information, do not hesitate to contact us on the address


Ellen Decraene
Project Manager UCSIA
Prinsstraat 14
2000 Antwerp – Belgium
Tel: +32/3/265.45.99
Fax: +32/3/707.09.31

Five Post-Doctoral and Doctoral Fellows: “Religion & Ethnic Diversity”

We are happy to announce that the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity is advertising 5 research posts:

We would be very grateful if you could pass this website and attached notice on to excellent young scholars within your networks.

Fellowships 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 16. You can find more information on our homepage:

Best wishes,
Simone Heidegger

Dr. Simone Heidegger
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies
Oettingen-Str. 67
D-80538 München
Tel.: (+49)-89-2180-9516
Fax:  (+49)-89-2180-9801