Global Religion Research Initiative
GRRI will fund over 150 research proposals by distributing $3.1 million to scholars of global religion.
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The Center for the Study of Religion and Society within the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI), funded by the Templeton Religion Trust of Nassau, Bahamas.

The initiative is dedicated to supporting the study of religion in global perspective in order to address two weaknesses in contemporary scholarship, namely the neglect of religion as a subject of study in the social sciences and relative neglect of religions outside of the North Atlantic region.

The GRRI project has two main aims.

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To broaden the current study of religion beyond the North American and European contexts to the global study of religion, allowing for a more thorough understanding of the role of religion in the lives of individuals and societies worldwide.
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To reinvigorate an interest in religion as a viable topic of academic inquiry.

The GRRI seeks to realize these goals by providing scholars interested in pursuing questions related to the structure, practice, and influence of religions worldwide with resources to complete their work.

To match resources with talented scholars interested in studying religion, the GRRI will conduct three rounds of competitive funding. Applications for funding in our third round are due October 15, 2018. Selected proposals will be funded for the 2019 - 2010 academic year. Please note that we are not currently accepting applications for the postdoctoral fellowship program.

The six GRRI programs are open to scholars (both faculty and graduate students) with a wide range of research interests from social science disciplines. Please note that only the Postdoctoral Fellowship and International Collaboration Grant awards are open to scholars outside of North America.

funding timeline
Award Timing
Applications submitted in Fall 2018 will be evaluated in a three-stage-judging process between October 2018 and January 2019. Award notifications will be made in early February 2019. Funding for International Collaboration, Project Launch, and Curriculum Development grants will be made available starting in May 2019, and funding for Book Leave, and Dissertation fellowships will be made available starting in August 2019. All projects must be completed by May 15, 2020.

Through the work sponsored by GRRI, the empirical study and theoretical understanding of global religion will be significantly advanced and better integrated into mainstream social science disciplines, as well as infused into undergraduate and graduate training programs via a more thorough body of knowledge about global religious diversity.

As a result, multiple academic disciplines will benefit from the enhanced empirical study of religion from a much wider perspective than is current practice, religion scholars will have a much better understanding about how religion outside of North America can be studied, and to what ends, and future scholars will be motivated to pursue the study of global religion in their own work.


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