Social Science and Religion Network- Research, Funding, and Job Opportunities



Constant H. Jacquet Research Awards

Deadline: April 30

Purpose: The Religious Research Association announces its annual competition for the Constant R. Jacquet Research Award to support research in religion. Applied, client-centered projects are given priority, but basic social scientific research on any aspect of religion is also regularly funded.  Proposals from students, especially Ph.D. candidates and scholars who are in the early stages of their careers are particularly encouraged. Funding may be used for research expenses, but not for supplemental income or capital equipment. Grants in excess of $4,000 to a single recipient/agency are rare.

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1.)Pastoral Study Project Award
Deadline: September 1, 2017

The Pastoral Study Project (PSP) awards pastoral leaders up to $15,000 to pursue a pressing question related to Christian life, faith, and ministry. Grants are available for study projects involving full or partial leave from job responsibilities.

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2.) Project Grant for Researchers
Deadline: October 1, 2017

The Project Grant for Researchers (PGR) supports research, reflection, and writing by academics and pastors concerning Christian faith and life, the practice of ministry, and/or religious institutions. Grants of up to $25,000 support a diverse range of projects that may involve independent study, consultations, or collaboration between pastors and academics. Preference given to projects that show potential to generate reliable new data through empirical methods of inquiry and discovery.

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3.) Sabbatical Grant for Researchers
Deadline: November 1, 2017

The Sabbatical Grant for Researchers (SGR) offers grants up to $40,000 to assist research and writing projects that will advance religious and theological scholarship in ways that also address practical issues concerning Christian faith and life, pastoral leadership, and/or religious institutions. Typically, applicants are fully employed in accredited academic institutions and eligible for up to a full academic year leave from teaching and administrative responsibilities.

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4.) Postdoctoral Fellowship:
Deadline: December 1, 2017

The Postdoctoral Fellowship (PostDoc) programs provides up to six awards of $25,000 each year (plus housing, health benefits, and moving benefits) to support a two-year teaching internship in a theological school. During this residency, Postdoctoral Fellows are accompanied by an academic mentor and a pastoral mentor. Fellows also constitute a peer learning cohort that meets a total of six times over two years.

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1.) Student Paper Award

Deadline: Student authors must use the SSSR online procedure for submitting abstracts. Papers intended for this competition must be submitted to the chair of the Student Paper Award Committee by August 1.

Purpose: To recognize the best paper scheduled for presentation by a student at the annual meeting. SSSR wishes to encourage scholarly work and participation by students in SSSR meetings.

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2.) Jack Shand Research Awards

Deadline: Applicants should email a proposal, in PDF, to Samuel Reimer, chair of the Shand Research Award committee, no later than May 1, 2017. The proposal should be no longer than 4 single–spaced pages of 12–point type, including a budget. The limit of 4 pages does not include references.

Eligibility and Award Amount: While individual awards do not ordinarily exceed $5000, it is possible to make a special request for more, to be considered at the committee’s discretion. Applicants must have finished the Ph.D. degree and must be members of SSSR. In the case of co–authored requests, one author must be a member. Intellectual merit is the criterion by which proposals will be evaluated.

Purpose: Funding to support research in the social scientific study of religion

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3.) SSSR Student Research Awards

Deadline: May 1st

Eligibility: Applicants must have been SSSR members for at least one year at the time they submit their proposals and must not have won the award in the previous three years. Applicants should describe the project they wish to undertake in no more than 3 single–spaced pages, discussing its significance for the social scientific study of religion and briefly identifying the literature on which they are drawing. The applications should include an abstract of no more than 100 words and an annotated budget that describes the rationale for proposed expenditures, as well as information about any other sources of support. The application should be accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages) listing the most recent research and publications.

Purpose: The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion offers annual research awards to assist graduate students in their research. Although these awards are normally used for dissertation support, other significant research is eligible. The ordinary maximum award is $3,000. Awards are intended to cover research expenses, travel, research assistance, and up to $1500 in stipend for the researcher’s own time. Grant recipients have two years to spend their awards and are expected to submit a brief report on their research.

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6th Annual Graduate Conference on Religion at Harvard Divinity School

Abstract Due Date: 300-word abstracts are due by Friday, May 26 through the WOK 2017 Submission Portal:

Date of Conference: October 26-28, 2017, Harvard Divinity School Cambridge, MA

Description: We seek papers that explore religious practices and modes of knowing, especially in relation to this year’s central theme, “Religion and Migration”. We welcome the use of all sorts of theoretical tools, including discourse analysis, gender theory, queer theory, race theory, disability theory, postcolonial theory, performance theory, and ritual theory. Papers may focus on any period, region, tradition, group, or person. They may address a set of practices, texts, doctrines, or beliefs. Projects that are primarily sociological, anthropological, theological, ethical, textual, historical, or philosophical are welcome, as are projects that draw on multiple disciplines. Possible approaches include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. an exploration of a specific way of knowing, being, and engaging the world in relation to religion
  2. historical, sociological, and/or anthropological analyses of the cultural processes that support a specific religious discourse or practice, its authoritative structures, and/or its strategies of inclusion and exclusion
  1. analyses of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, sexuality, and/or gender with respect to religious texts, practices, or performances
  2. comparative examinations of religious texts and/or their interpretations, with attention to the historical, sociopolitical, cultural, and/ or intellectual contexts that mediate and delimit different interpretative strategies and practices
  3. analyses of the interplay between religion and scientific, moral, and/or legal discourses, practices, and authorities
  4. a theological construction or analysis of a particular normative framework, which critically and/or comparatively engages one or more religious traditions
  5. critical analyses of the scholarly production and dissemination of knowledge on religion

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Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

June 1-4, 2017

A year from now, over one hundred scholars will gather in Indianapolis for the Fifth Biennial Conference on Religion and American Culture. This meeting has quickly gained a reputation as the “go-to” meeting for interdisciplinary conversations about the most important issues and topics in the study of religion in North America. We’re sending you this message so you can do four things in preparation for the meeting:

Mark your calendars for June 1-4, the dates for the next Biennial Conference.

Check out the provocative papers from previous meetings, available here.

Send us your ideas. We always gear this meeting to the most pressing issues and topics of the day. Have thoughts? Send them to us at

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Job Title: Research Associate, Global Religious Demography
Organization: Pew Research Center
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For more information, contact Prof. Nancy Ammerman.