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Travel Funding for Prospective Theology & Religious Studies Research Postgraduates at Leeds

The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science at the University of Leeds invites applications from prospective research postgraduate students who wish to visit the school (a) to attend relevant conferences, seminars or lectures, (b) to develop their applications to external scholarship funders, or (c) to meet with potential supervisors.  The three schemes are as follows:


The Postgraduate Research Mobility Grants are for prospective postgraduate research students who are contemplating the University of Leeds as a possible location to undertake their studies. The grants are designed to provide these students with the financial assistance required to attend a conference, seminar or lecture related to their area of study. For further details and an application form contact 


This scheme provides financial assistance to prospective postgraduate research students who are intending developing an application to an externally funded doctoral studentship scheme where the student and potential supervisor need to work together over a period of time to develop a project that meets the funder's criteria. Examples of such studentships include the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Studentships and the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Project Awards. For further details and an application form contact


These bursaries provide financial assistance to prospective postgraduate research students who wish to travel to Leeds to meet with potential supervisors. For further details and an application form contact


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).

Those interested in applying to study TRS at Leeds are advised to contact potential supervisors at an early stage. Areas of supervision offered by TRS academic staff at Leeds are summarised below; for the full range of staff interests and expertise see 
- Religion and Social Theory; Fieldwork and Ethnography
- South & South-East Asian Religions, African Religions, Islam and Muslim societies, Interfaith Relations
- Gender, Development, Environment, Migration/Diasporas
- Philosophy of Religion, theological anthropology, modern Christian thought, Ethics, Political Theology, Hebrew Bible

You should contact supervisors by email, either directly or through the postgraduate research tutor for TRS - Dr Sean McLoughlin (

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 more information about postgraduate study in Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science at Leeds see 


N.B. The school is offering up to 18 fully-funded PhD scholarships for UK/EU students available for 2016-17 entry, with deadlines starting from 15 January 2016.

For full, regularly updated information on upcoming scholarship deadlines, including application procedures, see the University of Leeds Postgraduate Scholarships site

Funding opportunities for full-time or part-time PhD study include the following:


* Up to two School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science Scholarships - Fees + £14,250 Maintenance (Awards may be made on a rolling basis after 15 JANUARY 2016)
* Up to six White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities AHRC Studentships (Deadline 2 FEBRUARY 2016)
* Up to three Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarships (Deadline: 15 JANUARY 2016)
* Up to two University of Leeds Research Scholarships (Deadline: 11 MARCH 2016)
* University of Leeds Endowed Research Scholarships (Deadline: 1 JUNE 2016) 
* Around four White Rose Research Studentships (Deadline: to be determined)


* Up to three Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarships (Deadline: 15 JANUARY 2016)
* China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Awards - around 13 in total (Deadline: 8 JANUARY 2016)
* Up to two School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science Scholarships - £14,250 Maintenance + a contribution to fees equivalent to UK/EU Fees (Awards may be made from 15 JANUARY 2016).  N.B. This is a partial scholarship; to be eligible for consideration, applicants will be expected to demonstrate their ability to pay the remainder of their international fees (i.e. approx. £9000 p.a.). 

Correspondence regarding the application procedure may be directed to


Dr Seán McLoughlin
Senior Lecturer in  Contemporary Muslim Cultures, Politics & Societies
School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science
University of Leeds, LS2 9JT 

The Hajj & British Muslims 
- British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship -   
- AHRC 10th Anniversary Image Gallery -   
- Twitter @LeedsUniHajjRes
Diasporas, Migration & Identities
- AHRC Network -  
- Writing the City in British Asian Diasporas (Routledge 2014), 
- Diasporas: Concepts, Intersections, Identities (Zed Books 2010),  

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Islamic Studies (Ref 034833, closing date 15 December), University of Edinburgh


The Alwaleed Centre at the University of Edinburgh ( seeks to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, on a fixed-term non-renewable three-year basis, to assist the development of its interdisciplinary research and teaching activities, to commence on 1st February 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will have expertise in any aspect of Islamic Studies (broadly understood, so that it could include such sub-disciplines as Art, Ethics, Law, Philosophy, Science or Theology). Applications would be particularly welcome from candidates with expertise on Christian-Muslim Relations.

Closing date: 5 pm on Tuesday 15 December 2015

Further details:

Law and Religion Post-doc fellowship – Louvain-la-Neuve – BELGIUM – December 15th, 2015

University of Louvain (UCL-Belgium) – Incoming post-doc fellowships – 
Law and Religion
New EU-MOVE IN post-doc fellowships of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) are offered to scientists of all nationalities in order to strengthen the realization of the European Research Area.
They are assigned to researchers with a PhD degree (or equivalent), proving their expertise and research capacity by a personal scientific record. (Researchers with a maximum of 6 years of post-doc experience).
The fellowships, granted for a stay lasting between 12 to 24 months in one of the UCLouvain research units, concern all fields of research activities dealt with by the UCLouvain.
Within the UCL, the Law and Religions Unit, in the framework of a Pluridisciplinary Research Institute in Religious Studies Religions-Spiritualities-Cultures-Societies is specially ready to welcome high profile candidates to post-doc fellowships on Law and Religion topics (e.g. Multireligious Public Bodies — Sacred Texts before Secular Judges — Law and Spiritual Management — Law and post-secular firms — Religion and Azylum Law — European Monitoring on religious Freedom — Internal democracy within Religious Organizations in Comparative religious Law)
Ultimate Deadline for this sub-call : December 15th, 2015.
Contact for Law and Religion Post-doc : LL.CHRISTIANS@UCLOUVAIN.BE

10 PhD scholarships and 10 non scholarship places at the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne

Starting April 1st, 2016, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, the Graduate School of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Cologne, offers 10 PhD scholarships and 10 non scholarship places over a period of three years.
The Graduate School – successful in the excellence initiative – wants to facilitate the completion of the doctorate through a structured program and intensive individual mentorship within an interdisciplinary environment. In doing so the Graduate School follows a concept of the Humanities beyond the dichotomy between the so-called cultural sciences and the humanities. Of special significance are hermeneutical and historico contextual knowledge models, which comprise the genesis and invention of knowledge, as well as the processes of reception and transculturation and their anthropological and ethical conditions.
Please send applications until October 23th, 2015 (application receipt) to:
a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne
University of Cologne
Dr. Artemis Klidis-Honecker
Albertus Magnus Platz
50923 Köln
For further information on a.r.t.e.s. and the application procedure see
For more information, please visit or contact

Fully funded PhD Studentship – Social Science or Humanities approaches to Science and Religion in Society

Fully funded PhD Studentship – Social Science or Humanities approaches to Science and Religion in Society

Call for Applications for Home/EU Studentship to commence 1 February 2016
Applications are invited for one fully-funded PhD Studentship for three years (full-time) for UK or EU students within the Centre for Science, Knowledge, and Belief in Society, at Newman University. CSKBS is a multidisciplinary Research Centre whose work spans a diverse range of disciplines including social sciences, history, philosophy, and psychology. The Studentship includes a subsistence grant in line with the recommendations of the UK research Councils (currently £14,057 p.a. for 2015-16) with all fees paid.
The successful candidate will also be eligible for an hourly paid research assistant role within the broader multidisciplinary Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum project team. This will be designed to allow the successful candidate to develop a range of research skills. This work is paid over and above the subsistence grant.
In addition, dependent on the successful submission of a PhD thesis within three years of commencement, the university will offer a one-year postdoctoral follow-on research position to the successful PhD candidate. This is designed to enable successful PhD students to be retained and develop further as an early career professional in this field of research. This is therefore 3+1 year PhD-to-post-doctoral role.
We welcome applications with proposals for PhD research projects in distinct and multidisciplinary areas related to the wider project’s research themes. We will be happy to discuss project ideas that focus on contemporary debates surrounding ‘science and religion’, particularly in the following areas:

  1. Social Sciences and/or Humanities approaches to media, social media and public space discourse surrounding evolutionary science and religion, spirituality or belief. This could among other areas focus on specific organisations, groups or communities or be undertaken at a broader societal level. The candidate should have a background in a relevant area of social sciences or humanities including the social studies of science, and/or of religion, science technology studies, science communication, media studies, anthropology or a field related to sociology.
  1. Quantitative or mixed methods approaches to public perceptions and attitudes concerning the relationship between science and faith. This studentship will link into a strand of research with a focus on developing and commissioning a representative quantitative polling of public attitudes to provide a more in-depth understanding of public perceptions of the relationship between evolutionary science and belief in Canada and the The candidate should have a background in a relevant discipline, e.g. social science or human geography, with good quantitative data analysis skills.

Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum project:

This innovative and unique research project currently employs 15 people working across four intersecting approaches: qualitative social science field research; oral history, historical and media discourse analysis; social psychology experimental research; and a large scale quantitative survey of public perceptions, attitudes and identity formation in the UK and Canada. Newman University lead this 3-year research project funded by the Templeton Religion Trust in partnership with York University (Canada) and National Life Stories at the British Library and British Science Association. The research team is led by Principal Investigators Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker (Newman) and Prof. Bernard Lightman (York, Canada), and Co-Investigator Dr Carola Leicht (University of Kent).
More details about the project and the research team can be found here:
Research project related questions can be directed to Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker
Applicants are expected to possess a Master’s Degree with Distinction, or with Merit including a Distinction in the Dissertation, from a UK University, or an equivalent qualification.
Alongside the standard application form candidates for this PhD Studentship are asked in the first instance to submit a research project proposal (between 3000-4000 words) highlighting how their PhD project will contribute through an open minded approach to the wider understanding of a perceived clash between science and religion.
The key criteria for selection and appointment will be:

  • Record of academic excellence of the candidate;
  • Availability of supervisory expertise and capacity;
  • Quality of project proposal;
  • Research skills and training;

Further information and the application form are available on:
Newman University supports world-leading and internationally recognised research across a broad range of disciplines. Please note that Newman University offers its PhDs in partnership with Liverpool Hope University (who are the awarding institution), by whose regulations successful applicants will be bound:


  • Deadline for applications: Friday 23 October 2015
  • Interviews: week commencing Monday 2 November 2015
  • Commencement of Studentship: Monday 1 February 2016

Apply here:

PhD Scholarships, Islam-UK Centre, Cardiff University

LAST CALL for 2015/16 PhD Scholarships, Islam-UK Centre, Cardiff University

We have two remaining fully-funded Jameel Scholarships on offer for our PhD programme at the Islam-UK Centre, Cardiff University.  Closing date for applications: 30th September.  These scholarships can be taken up in January, April or July 2016.  Details on how to apply are here:

For informal enquiries, please email:

Call for Applications: Four Junior Fellowships

Call for Applications – Four Junior Fellowships
Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies – Jewish Scepticism, University of Hamburg
The application deadline for the fall 2015 semester fellowship is June 30, 2015.
The application deadline for the spring 2016 semester fellowship is December 31, 2015.

The Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies – Jewish Scepticism (MCAS-JS) offers four Junior Fellowships, i.e. two for PhD candidates and two for Post-Docs, in each case for a period of six months, either during the fall or spring semester 2015-16. In well-founded cases according to an evaluation of the fellow’s results achieved so far an extension of the period of six months up to one year is negotiable. The award supports original research on (Jewish) scepticism in Ancient Times at the MCAS-JS. In this context, scepticism is understood as enquiry into (secular and sacred) belief and knowledge, the expression of doubts toward any kind of authority – raising the question of the criterion of truth (including implicit and explicit sceptical paradoxes) – and the purposefully evoked suspension of judgement to avoid dogmatism. Applications are welcome from young scholars in any field who are in the final stage of their thesis or Post-Doc research project. Fellowships carry a stipend of €1,400 for PhD candidates respectively €1,700 for Post-Docs.

Responsibilities of Junior Fellows
o    Conduct original research at the MCAS-JS on a full-time basis; Fellows are required to spend a minimum of three days per week in residence.
o    Deliver at least one workshop at the MCAS-JS based on the research conducted.
o    Participate actively in the scholarly community at the MCAS-JS.
o    Acknowledge MCAS-JS in all publications resulting from the fellowship.
o    Submit a detailed report upon completion of the fellowship describing the experience as a MCAS-JS Fellow.

o    Open to all scholars who are in the final stage of their PhD or Post-Doc project.
o    It is the responsibility of the applicant to have the appropriate visa for acceptance of the stipend for the duration of the award.

Applications should include
1.    Cover letter stating area of interest, knowledge of relevant languages, and how the project relates to the agenda of MCAS-JS, and preferred fellowship start date.
2.    Curriculum Vitae, including contact information, education, publications, scholarly activities, teaching experience, and any other relevant work experience, as well as a transcript of records (PhD candidates) respectively PhD diploma (Post-Docs).
3.    Research proposal of no more than three double-spaced pages, including clearly stated goals for research during the period of the fellowship.
4.    A one-page bibliography of important secondary sources for the project.
5.    Two letters of recommendation, which address the significance of the candidate’s work for his or her field as well as the candidate’s ability to fulfill the proposed research project. Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by the referees to the address below; please list the names and email addresses of the referees in your CV. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that letters of recommendation are submitted by the deadline.
6.    Please submit application, point 1-4, by email as one continuous PDF file.

Application schedule
o    Applications for the fall 2015 semester are due June 30, 2015; applications for the spring 2016 fellowship are due December 31, 2015.  For consideration all application materials, including the letter of recommendation, must be received by the deadline.
o    Announcement of grant recipients: August 2015 for the fall semester; February 2015 for the spring semester.
o    Commencement of grant period: October for the fall semester; April for the spring semester.

Applications are to be submitted to:
Dr. Bill Rebiger
Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies
– Jewish Scepticism
University of Hamburg
Rothenbaumchaussee 34
20148 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 428 38 8997

PhD scholarship in sociology of religion at University of Agder, Norway

Attached you will find an announcement of a three years’ PhD scholarship
in sociology of religion at our department at University of Agder,
Kristiansand. Note that this time knowledge of Scandinavian language is
required. Note also the deadline, June 20.

PhD + Post-Doc: “Science & Religion”

Please find details below of an exciting new funded PhD post, with an associated follow-on post-doctoral position, at Newman University, Birmingham. The PhD project will explore contemporary debates surrounding ‘science and religion’. Applications are welcome from psychological, historical or sociological perspectives:

Please note that the timescale for the application process is tight; the closing date for application is 10th April. Do circulate to your networks, and email Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker ( with any informal queries.

With best wishes,
Stephen H. Jones

Research Fellow

Newman University, Genners Lane, Bartley Green, Birmingham B32 3NT