Category Archives: Research Funding

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

Fellowship Programme, University of Durham

New fellowship programme – calling for applications for the first fellow (deadline 30 September 2018).

Durham University has just launched the Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellowship programme, linked to the Abbas Hilmi II Papers which are deposited at Durham University Library. Digital copies of the Papers are also held at the American University and CULTNAT in Cairo. The fellowship carries a grant, accommodation and meals, and the first residency (14 Jan-22 Mar 2019) will be a valuable research and publication opportunity for an established specialist on 19th and early 20th-century Egypt: more details are provided in the attached notices.
Attached are a media release, an advert for the role of the first fellow, and a document more fully describing the role and responsibilities of this position. The deadline for applications is 30 September 2018. Enquiries may be directed to maf.fellow@durham.ac.uk.
This information is also available online at https://www.dur.ac.uk/library/asc/abbashilmi/

PhD fellowship in Tromsø, Norway: Indigenous Religion(s) in the Media

A doctoral research fellowship (PhD) in religious studies is available at the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway. 

Topic: Indigenous religion(s) in the media. Applicants should propose a case study of how indigenous practices from one particular indigenous community are articulated or represented as religious and/or spiritual in one or more media and broadcasted locally, nationally, regionally, and/or globally. Which translations do the practices then undergo? Who controls these translations? What do they generate? The research project should also shed light on the broader political and social situation of the indigenous community and ask how such articulations or representations in different media have both political and religious significance.

The PhD project will be part of the research group “Indigenous Religion(s): Local Grounds, Global Networks” (INREL) that studies articulations of indigenous religion(s) in different contexts around the world and explores the relations between local and globalizing discourses of indigeneity and religion.

The appointment is a fixed term position for a period of four years, includes teaching and administration duties, and comes with a salary.

Deadline for application 20 August 2018.

For more information, see the full announcement at https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/154628/doctoral-research-fellowship-in-religious-studies-at-uit-the-arctic-university-of-norway

For questions about the position, please contact professor Siv Ellen Kraft (siv.ellen.kraft@uit.no / +47-77644390) or professor Bjørn Ola Tafjord (bjorn.tafjord@uit.no / +47-77645289)

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: http://www.uvic.ca/research/centres/csrs/fellowships-awards/apply/graduate/index.php

Students interested in this opportunity should contact me (bramadat@uvic.ca), or my colleague Sally Lin (csrsadmin@uvic.ca).

Paul Bramadat

Post-Doctoral Position: “Islamic Activists in Exile”

Please find below the call for application for 2 year post-doctoral position based at CEFRES (Prague)  on the topic “Islamic Activists in Exile: Europe, Middle East and South-Asia. Deadline: 23 August 2017. 

Topic 3: “Islamic Activists in Exile: Europe, Middle East and South-Asia”

This research project will associate one post-doctoral researcher with CAS researcher Giedre Sabaseviciute.

Description: Candidates will be expected to contribute to the project on the contemporary exiled Islamic activists in European, Middle Eastern and South-Asian cities. The project aims to research the ways in which the experience of exile affect the trajectories of activism, focusing on how different national context influence their career choices, which vary between the continuation of activism, involvement into different causes, or disengagement. Possible research topics include but are not restricted to 1- circulation of ideas, norms and activism through human networks; 2- patterns of activist network formation; 3- relationship between the exiled activists and their host countries; 4- continuities and ruptures in individual trajectories of activism. Candidates are expected to have conducted their doctoral research in one of the regions covered by the project (The Gulf, Turkey, South-Asia), to be proficient of one of its languages (Turkish, Arabic, Malay), and have an important knowledge of the fieldwork. Interdisciplinary approach is preferred, as well as some experience in ethnographic and biographical research, media studies, and discourse analysis.
Applicants may contact Giedre Sabaseviciute before applying for any relevant questions on their application. Please write to: saba@orient.cas.cz

More information can be found on http://www.cefres.cz/en/6214

Funding: “Predoc” scholarships for the preparation of a doctoral dissertation at the University of Cologne

Starting October 1st, 2017, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, the interdisciplinary graduate school of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Cologne, offers 8 “Predoc” scholarships for the preparation of a doctoral dissertation project, each of EUR 950 monthly and for a time period of six months.
The purpose of the Predoc scholarships is to enable candidates to begin working towards a doctorate at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Cologne immediately after obtaining their qualifying degree. The scholarship holders are supported for one semester during which they are able to develop a doctoral project with a specific focus on interdisciplinary aspects.
The application deadline is May 19, 2017. For more information about the scholarships and the application process please visit here.

Funding: Preparation of a doctoral dissertation project

Call for Applications: 2017-19 Postdoctoral Fellowship on Islam in North America

Stanford University, California- United States (Deadline: 2/20/17)

Stanford University’s Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and Department of Religious Studies invite applications for a two-year postdoctoral position on Islam in North America. We seek intellectually ambitious candidates with interdisciplinary aptitude. Possible areas of specialization include but are not limited to:

  • Islam and slavery in North America and the Atlantic World

– material culture and religious expression of Muslims in North America

– social/political experience of the Muslim diaspora in North America

– co-constitution of religion, race, gender, and class in North American Muslim identity and representation

The postdoctoral fellow will teach two undergraduate-level courses each year in the Religious Studies Department, pursue his/her own research agenda, and organize a set of academic events in the 2nd year. Ideally, one of the courses each year will provide an introduction to some of the most important features of Islam through an analysis of major theories and methods in the academic study of religion. The fellow will actively contribute to the intellectual life on campus, and collaborate closely with the colleagues at the Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.

A Ph.D. in Religious Studies or in a related field (such as Anthropology, History, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, American Studies) is required by the time of appointment on September 1, 2017. The recipient may not be more than five years beyond the receipt of doctoral degree on September 1, 2017. Compensation includes an annual salary of $65,000, health insurance coverage, a $1,500 research fund per year, and a $5,000 programming fund.

Application materials should be submitted online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8717 . Please submit a cover letter, CV (highlighting your educational background, teaching experience, publications), 2-page description of your research plans, two draft course syllabi, and a writing sample of no more than 30 pages. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted directly to AcademicJobsOnline.

For full consideration, materials should be received by February 20, 2017. Further inquiries shall be addressed to Dr. Burçak Keskin-Kozat (Associate Director of the Abbasi Program) at burcak@stanford.edu.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and clinical missions.


Burcak Keskin-Kozat, Ph.D. / Associate Director / The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies

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