Category Archives: Research Funding

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:
http://www.bbk.ac.uk/psychosocial/news/phd-studentship-in-ethical-monotheism-1

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 aweiss@ajs.cjh.org or 917.606.8249 if you have any questions regarding the application process or fellowship programs.

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: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/open-calls/phd-call-147/

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

Job Openings/Graduate Study: Research Project on Indigenous Religions

Two positions in Religious Studies are vacant at the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway for applicants who wish to obtain the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD). Both are affiliated to the research project Indigenous religion(s): Local Grounds, Global Networks. They come with a full salary and funding for fieldwork.

For more, see

http://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/111411/two-phd-positions-in-religious-studies-at-the-university-of-tromsoe-the-arctic-university-of-norway

Job Opening: Associate Research Scholar position in the History of Islamic Civilization.

The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia invites applications for an Associate Research Scholar position in the History of Islamic Civilization. Applicants can be from the disciplines of history, law, literature, as well as Islamic studies. The appointment will be for the year, July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, with the possibility of renewal, subject to satisfactory performance and continued funding.

Assuming approval by the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Dean of the Faculty, the associate research scholar will be expected to teach a one-semester undergraduate course, which may be open to graduate students. Candidates must hold the Ph.D. degree and are expected to pursue independent research at Princeton and to participate in Institute-related activities on campus. Travel assistance of up to $1000 for round-trip, economy-class airfare will be available to the appointee and her or his immediate family. The salary, to be approved by the Department and the Dean of the Faculty, will be based on the successful candidate’s qualifications. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

To Apply
Interested applicants must apply online at https://jobs.princeton.edu and submit a current curriculum vitae, a research statement (maximum length 2 pages), a cover letter, and contact information for three references. We will begin reviewing applications on February 13, 2015.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

2015-16 Postdoctoral Fellowship on Islam in Africa, Stanford University

Call for Applications:
2015-16 Postdoctoral Fellowship on Islam in Africa, Stanford University
https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=50028 

Stanford University’s Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral position for a scholar working on Islam in Africa in any time-period and region and in any discipline.  The fellow will teach one course in the Department of History, pursue his/her own research, participate in the activities of Stanford Center for African Studies and Stanford Global Studies Division, and contribute to the intellectual life on campus.

Candidates must have completed the Ph.D. by the time of appointment on September 1, 2015. The recipient may not be more than three years beyond the receipt of doctoral degree by the time of the appointment. Scholars trained in disciplines other than History (including, for example, Art  History, Political Science, and Music) whose work engages in historical analysis are welcome to apply.

Application materials must be submitted online at http://apply.interfolio.com/27224 . Please submit a cover letter, CV, two-page description of your research plans, drafts of two course syllabi, and a writing sample of no more than 30 pages. Applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted directly to Interfolio. Compensation includes an annual salary of $55,000 – $60,000, health coverage, and a $1,500 research fund. Review of applications will begin on February 27, 2015. Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Burcak Keskin-Kozat (Associate Director of the Sohaib
and Sara Abbasi Program) at burcak at stanford dot 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 others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research and teaching missions.

Post-Doc: Islam in Africa

We invite applications for a one-year postdoctoral position for a scholar working on Islam in Africa in any time-period and region and in any discipline. The fellow will teach one course in the Department of History, pursue his/her own research, participate in the activities of Stanford Center for African Studies and Stanford Global Studies Division, and contribute to the intellectual life on campus.

Candidates must have completed the Ph.D. by the time of appointment on September 1, 2015. The recipient may not be more than three years beyond the receipt of doctoral degree by the time of the appointment. Scholars trained in disciplines other than History (including, for example, Art History, Political Science, and Music) whose work engages in historical analysis are welcome to apply.

Application materials must be submitted online at http://apply.interfolio.com/27224 . Please submit a cover letter, CV, two-page description of your research plans, drafts of two course syllabi, and a writing sample of no more than 30 pages. Applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted directly to Interfolio.

Compensation includes an annual salary of $55,000 – $60,000, health coverage, and a $1,500 research fund. Review of applications will begin on February 27, 2015. Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Burcak Keskin-Kozat (Associate Director of the Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program) at burcak at stanford dot 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 others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research and teaching missions.

Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Studentships in the Arts and Humanities

Closing Date: 26 January 2015

The Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership invites top-calibre applicants to apply to its doctoral studentships competition 2015. More than fifty fully-funded doctoral studentships are available across the full range of arts and humanities subjects, including all areas of theology and religion.

Northern Bridge is an exciting, AHRC-funded collaboration between Newcastle University, Durham University and Queen’s University Belfast.  Our aim is to deliver outstanding doctoral education in the arts and humanities, and successful applicants will join a thriving cohort of almost fifty Northern Bridge PhD students recruited through last year’s studentship competition. Northern Bridge offers exceptional supervision by academic staff researching at the cutting edge of their disciplines, vibrant research environments that promote interdisciplinary enquiry, and research training and career development opportunities tailored to the needs of twenty-first century researchers.

Northern Bridge students benefit from our close partnerships with prestigious local and national organisations in the cultural, heritage, broadcasting, and government sectors. Our partners provide a wide range of placement, research, and training opportunities, and currently comprise: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; BBC Northern Ireland; Belfast City Council; Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure NI; Durham Cathedral; National Media Museum; New Writing North; Newcastle City Council; Sage Gateshead; Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books; The Bowes Museum; Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums; and Wordsworth Trust.

We provide a comprehensive and attractive package of financial support over the duration of study, which incorporates:

  • fees and maintenance at the UK Research Councils’ national rate
  • a research training support grant (RTSG) to fund the costs of study abroad, conference attendance and fieldwork
  • financial support to attend our cohort-building events
  • financial support to incorporate short-term placements, international study visits and specialist training events in order to develop your skills.

For further details, please see the Northern Bridge website:
http://www.northernbridge.ac.uk/

University of Montréal Postdoctoral Fellowship

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University of Montréal Postdoctoral Fellowship

Beginning Winter/Spring 2015

 

 

Competition opening for a postdoctoral fellowship financed by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRI), Religion and Diversity Project (Director Lori Beaman, University of Ottawa), at the University of Montreal’s Faculté de théologie et de sciences des religions, with Solange Lefebvre, Chaire religion, culture et société.

The amount of the fellowship is $35,000 for one year, to start between February and August 2015 (+ $10,000 in research contracts) = Total $ 45,000

The recipient must meet the following conditions:

  • have completed a PhD that is linked to religion in the public sphere;
  • be fluent in either English or French (oral and written) and proficient in the second language (English or French); a test will be administered;
  • provide a CV (with a minimum of two scientific conferences and two accepted scientific publications) and academic transcripts (excellent grade point average);
  • have mastered field study methods and demonstrate experience researching within a team;
  • will focus on addressing the theme of religion and education. Using Quebec as a case study, it will explore the developments around education and religion in Quebec to ask broader comparative questions in the rest of Canada. The postdoctoral fellow will draw on research already completed by Dr. Solange Lefebvre, as well as by other researchers in the Religion and Diversity Project (MCRI), focusing on addressing gaps in knowledge about Quebec as well as further develop a data base of information about religion and education in the rest of Canada. In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will be expected to explore the theme of education and religion on a broader comparative basis through research that draws on four ‘diversity’ reports and related documents from Belgium, Quebec, Great-Britain and France. This project is led by Dr. Lefebvre. The successful candidate is expected to develop her/his own related research questions under the broad theme of religion and education, within a Canadian perspective.
  • submit an application for a postdoctoral fellowship to large funding agencies in the fall 2015, on one of those projects.

Please submit a complete application before January 15, 2015 that includes academic transcripts; a complete CV; a one-page letter in English and in French explaining the applicant’s qualifications to work on the suggested research themes and coordinate the involved projects; a copy of two articles (accepted or published); and two letters of recommendation (one being from the thesis supervisor).

Incomplete or poorly presented applications will not be considered. If the application is satisfactory, we will proceed to an interview with the candidate (in person or on Skype). Please submit a copy of your application to Tess Campeau, Information Officer, by email at info@religionanddiversity.ca

Version in French is attached below:

Call for Application: PhD position

PhD position

Mecca in Morocco: Negotiating the Meanings of Hajj in Everday Life
(vacancy number: 214261) University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
http://www.rug.nl/about-us/ work-with-us/job- opportunities/overview? details=00347-02S000482P

Job description

The research project consists of extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Morocco to investigate the meanings and sociocultural embeddedness of pilgrimage to Mecca in contemporary Moroccan society.

The PhD study is one of the subprojects in a larger NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Researchl) funded cooperation between the University of Groningen and the University of Amsterdam for a project that studies modern articulations of pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj/Umra). Approaching pilgrimage from the perspective of ‘lived religion’, the project in which the PhD student will participate addresses the question how references to religiosity, social identifications and self-identity in personal pilgrimage accounts reflect the ways in which the habitus of narrators is informed by various cultural discourses simultaneously.

The PhD student is expected:
· to have an excellent master’s diploma (preferably a Research master) in Cultural Anthropology or another relevant discipline (by 1 November 2014 at latest)
· ample experience with ethnographic fieldwork
· to be ambitious, highly motivated and wishing to make a career in research
· to be fluent in English (both oral and written)
· to have an excellent profiency in (oral) Arabic, preferably the Moroccan-Arabic dialect
· to be able and willing to work in an interdisciplinary environment
· to have the abilities to finish the PhD thesis in four years; i.e. good skills in planning, taking initiatives, academic writing.

For more information, please contact:
dr. Marjo Buitelaar: m.w.buitelaar@rug.nl