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The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) is offering up to four grants in the amount of $5,000 each for graduate students in their second year of study in 2016-17. New Directions grants are provided by BCSR through the Public Theology Program, a critical three-year research initiative funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. Grantees participate in a cohort of early-career students from diverse disciplines to explore the place of theology in scholarship and public life. Theology is here meant broadly as the constellation of conceptual commitments and modes of inquiry that together enable communities to investigate and understand the world in religious terms.

Participation
The New Directions in Theology cohort includes incoming first-year and continuing second-year graduate students. Together with the cohort directors, students will meet biweekly to read fundamental works, to explore potential research topics, and to meet Berkeley and visiting faculty working in the field. The seminar will encompass a wide variety of religious traditions and approaches, including but not limited to: theology and the institutions of secular life; theological aspects of politics; theology and law; art, literature, and theological inquiry; theology and social formations, and so on.

Applications are welcome from UC Berkeley Ph.D. students from all relevant disciplines in the humanities and social sciences whose work promises to advance the goals of the New Directions in Theology Grants program.

To apply, please submit:

• A 1,500-word description of your research interests and/or dissertation project, making clear the connection between these and the larger research aims described above.
• One letter of recommendation (under separate cover).

Completed applications (including all supporting materials) should be submitted to BCSR directors c/o studentgrants.bcsr@berkeley.edu and received by Thursday, March 3 at 4 pm. Electronic files are preferred. Please send as a single PDF. Applicants can expect to hear from BCSR by the end of the Spring 2016 semester.

Due Dates
Deadline for Applications: Thursday, March 3, 2016 by 4 pm
Award Announced: Week of May 2
Award Period: 2016-17 Academic Year
Award Amount: $5,000 in supplemental funding

The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR) is offering two summer research grants in the amount of $5,000 each for advanced graduate students working on topics in the study of religion, broadly construed. Applications are welcome from all UC Berkeley Ph.D. students who have advanced to candidacy, with preference given to those who are close to completion of their dissertations. Grants are awarded for summer research travel and related expenses only.

To apply, please submit:

• A cover letter explaining your research plan, budget, extant summer funding (whether departmental or otherwise), as well as other sources of funding for which you have applied.
• A description of your dissertation project. This can be in the form of a grant proposal or an abbreviated dissertation prospectus, not to exceed 1,500 words.
• A current CV, with your committee members listed.
• A letter of recommendation from your committee chair or major advisor (under separate cover).

Completed applications (including all supporting materials) should be submitted to BCSR directors c/o studentgrants.bcsr@berkeley.edu and received by Thursday, February 25 at 4 pm. Electronic files are preferred. Please send as a single PDF. Applicants can expect to hear from BCSR by the end of the Spring 2016 semester.

Due Dates
Deadline for applications: Thursday, February 25, 2016 by 4 pm
Award Announced: Week of April 11
Award Period: Summer 2016
Award Amount: $5,000 for summer research travel and related expenses

Past Recipients
2015
Kris Anderson (Buddhist Studies), Youssef J. Carter (Anthropology), Kathryn Crim (Comparative Literature), Katherine Ding (English), Maggie Elmore (History), Kathryn Heard (Jurisprudence and Social Policy), Jason Klocek (Political Science), Sara Ludin (Jurisprudence and Social Policy), Milad Odabaei (Anthropology), Spencer Strub (English and Medieval Studies), Rachel Trocchio (English), Hannah Waits (History)

2014
Lauren Bausch (South and Southeast Asian Studies), Erik Born (German), Graham Hill (Sociology), Nicholas Junkerman (English), Jean-Michel Landry (Anthropology), Christopher Mead (English), Samuel Robinson (History), Tehila Sasson (History), Kris Trujillo (Rhetoric)

Support for the BCSR Graduate Student Summer Research Grants is provided by the Frank and Leslie Yeary Endowment for Ethics in the Humanities.