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Research Fellowship (EXPIRED)

Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame

Job category Visiting fellowship / Professorship / Fixed term
AOS Open, but eligibility requires a project related to the theme of "religion and democracy".
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 4
Location Notre Dame, Indiana, United States
Start date August 2024
Job description

AY 2024-2025 Theme: Religion and Democracy

The Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame is offering up to 4 residential fellowships during the 2024 – 2025 academic year for projects on the theme of “Religion and Democracy”. Fellows will pursue independent research while interacting with leading scholars in philosophy and theology during a year in residence at Notre Dame’s Center for Philosophy of Religion.

We are very excited to announce that one additional residential fellowship has been awarded to Kristin Kobes Du Mez, who will be joining us for the 2024-2025 discussions.

This fellowship program is open to both recent Ph.D.'s and established scholars.  The Center typically funds scholars in philosophy and theology; but we have occasionally funded researchers in other humanities disciplines, and we are especially open to a broader interdisciplinary community for the 2024 – 2025 academic year.  Our weekly works-in-progress group is primarily attended by our visiting fellows and local faculty and graduate students in philosophy, and our priority will be to fund projects on the 2024 – 2025 research theme that can be productively engaged in that context.  

Successful applicants who have recently received their Ph.D. will be appointed as postdoctoral fellows, funded at $80,000 plus benefits. Established scholars will need to request leave from their home institutions in order to accept the fellowship; we ask that you verify that the amount of funding required by your home institution for such an arrangement is less than or equal to $80,000 before applying.

For the 2024-2025 academic year we are especially interested in projects that investigate the relationship between religion and democracy; however, proposals that relate indirectly will also be considered.

Adjacent research questions may explore, for example:

  • Theistic political philosophy, or relationships between religion and politics
  • Ethical and historical issues concerning voting and representation, public discourse and freedom of speech, or the role of social media in religious and political conversation and debate
  • Topics at the intersection of the history of religion and politics, philosophy of religion, political philosophy, and feminist philosophy or philosophy of gender
  • Cultural attitudes toward religion and democracy

The deadline for initial applications is December 31, 2023. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by February 15, 2024. Fellowships begin in August 2024 and conclude in May 2025.

How to apply
Application type Email
Applicants for a Research Fellowship are required to submit an initial application by December 31, 2023, consisting of the following: 1. A project abstract of no more than 350 words, describing the project on which you would like to work while in residence at the Center. 2. A complete curriculum vitae. Application materials must be submitted electronically to [email protected]. Application materials must be submitted as a single PDF in the order listed above. The PDF must be titled in the following manner: Last Name, First Name. Application materials must be received by December 31, 2023 to assure full consideration. Selected applicants in the initial round will be notified by January 15, 2024 and invited to submit a full application by February 15, 2024. This full application must include: 1. A cover letter that includes the following information: Please give us the names of two people who can speak to the merits of the project and your ability to execute it. References may be contacted, and any letters that are requested by the evaluation committee can be brief, informal, and sent via e-mail. Please communicate this to your references and please include their e-mail addresses in the cover letter. Please let us know whether you intend to remain an employee at another institution during the fellowship period, or will become a Notre Dame employee for the academic year. If you will become a Notre Dame employee during the fellowship period, the total fellowship award will be $80,000 plus benefits. If you intend to remain an employee at another institution, the full award amount is the lesser of $80,000 or the amount required by your institution’s leave policy to secure your leave with full pay and benefits. (The Center for Philosophy of Religion does not pay “indirect costs” on top of the award amount.) Your cover letter should clearly state exactly what amount will be required to secure your leave. Please indicate where you learned about our fellowships. This helps us to know where we should be advertising. 2. A project narrative, not to exceed 1,500 words (excluding references), describing the project on which you would like to work while in residence at the Center. 3. An updated (if applicable) curriculum vitae. 4. One published or unpublished paper. Submission instructions are as above. If you have questions, please visit our FAQs page or email us at [email protected].
Web address to apply https://philreligion.nd.edu/fellowships/apply/
Email to apply
Hard deadline December 31, 2023, 11:59pm EST
Web address for more information https://philreligion.nd.edu/fellowships/
Contact email
Contact phone 574-631-7339
Time created September 18, 2023, 5:41pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date December 31, 2023, 11:59pm EST
Expired on January 2, 2024, 12:46am EST
Last updated March 3, 2024, 3:00pm UTC
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