The Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI) of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society (CSRS) at the University of Notre Dame (IN, USA) will be awarding 12 course development grants in the social sciences per year over three years (36 grants total). The purpose of the grants is to help advance the social scientific study of global religion by providing faculty in North American colleges and universities funds for (1) the development of new undergraduate courses or graduate seminars on religion, especially global religion; or (2) the significant revision or updating of existing undergraduate or graduate courses to add new, substantial components on global religion.
The grants intend to encourage the construction and enhancement of innovative college and university courses in the social sciences that involve significant material engaging students in scholarship about non-Western religions. Each course development grant will provide $4,000 for faculty to develop a new course or significantly revise an existing course; the funds can be used for summer salary, the purchase of books and film media, and other reasonable expenses related to course development and revisions. Twelve grants will be awarded each year over three academic years (2017-2018, 2018-2019, and 2019-2020). The next round of applications are for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Global Religion Research Initiative is funded by the Templeton Religion Trust of Nassau, Bahamas.
These curriculum development grants are open to college and university social science faculty at all levels of their careers employed in North American colleges and universities. Priority will be given to tenured or tenure-track faculty. “Social sciences” here includes sociology, political science, anthropology, economics, and psychology; prospective applicants in other departments (e.g., areas studies) should inquire with GRRI staff about their possible eligibility (at firstname.lastname@example.org). Grant recipients must agree to teach the new or revised course at least twice in the near future, and will be asked to inform the Global Religion Research Initiative (in part for grant reporting purposes) when they are taught, and to share their course syllabi. All grant funding is awarded to fellowship recipients; no funds will be paid as indirects or overhead to their colleges or universities.
Successful course development grant proposals will include the following:
(Depending on the volume of applications received for this fellowship, the GRRI may not be able to provide applicants specific ratings or feedback from the evaluation process.)
Applications must include the following materials to be considered for funding:
All application materials must be submitted in English. Applicants are responsible to submit all required materials by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated for possible funding. Each researcher may not submit proposals to more than two GRRI programs in any given year.
The Round 2 application deadline was October 16, 2017. The Round 3 application period will open in August 2018.