Global Religion Research Initiative
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Global Religion
Research Initiative
Funding the social scientific
study of global religion
Round 1 Award Recipients →
Round 1 Award Recipients →

GRRI Director’s Welcome

Christian Smith

Welcome to the Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI), a portfolio of six distinct competitive research and writing grants and fellowships programs to be awarded over the next three years that together intend to significantly advance the social scientific study of religions around the globe. The premise of the GRRI is that, as religion persists in significance in the contemporary, globalizing world, the social sciences in North America need much better to understand the diversity of religions and to integrate that enhanced understanding into research, theory, and teaching.

The GRRI offers a variety of competitive funding opportunities to scholars at all stages of their careers designed to realize those scholarly ends. We welcome proposals not only from scholars who already study religion, but also those for whom the study of religion is a new but genuine interest.

We look forward to receiving great proposals from you!

— Dr. Christian Smith

congrats
Congratulations to the
GRRI Round 1 Award Recipients!
Read more about the 48 researchers and their winning proposals →
To encourage a broader study of religion, particularly outside of the North Atlantic region, the Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI) is seeking applications for research funding from scholars across the social sciences.
Read more about GRRI
GRRI offers number six distinct
competitive research
and writing grants.
Find out which fits your idea.
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Dissertation
Fellowships

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You’re already into
your
dissertation and you need a
year to
finish it.
Read

Postdoctoral
Research

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You want to continue
research
at Notre Dame
before taking
a
tenure-track position.
Read

Curriculum
Development

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You want to incorporate

global religion in your
class,
or design
a new course.
Read

International
Collaboration

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You want to collaborate
with
a colleague overseas
and need
funds
to get rolling.
Read

Project
Launch

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You have an idea
for a
project but need some seed
money
to get it going.
Read

Book
Leave

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You already have
a book
going and
need a year to

finish it.
Read
GRRI will fund over 150 research proposals by distributing $3.1 million to scholars of global religion over the next 3 years.
24
Dissertation Fellowships
4  
Postdoctoral Residencies
at Notre Dame
36
Curriculum Development Grants
30
International Collaborations
45
Project Launching Seed Grants
9  
Book Leaves
15
Notre Dame Undergraduate
Research Fellowships