BCSR’s Graduate Student Event Grants support innovative proposals for graduate student-led lectures, seminars, and conferences for public and campus audiences. BCSR has awarded three $500 grants in support of the following,

Joseph Albernaz (English)
Deus Sive Veruft: Schelling’s Transformation of Spinoza’s God – March 18, 2015

Yitzhak Melamed (Professor of Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University), will give a lecture examining the complicated influence of Spinoza on the early philosophy of the German Idealist Schelling, and should interest anyone working in the fields of theology, philosophy, or their intersection.


Daniel Fisher (Near Eastern Studies)
Biblical Lives: The Hebrew Bible and the Construction of Jewish Life, September 1, 2015-June 30, 2016, Opening Panel: September 17, 2015

Biblical Lives explores the relationship between Judaism and material culture, through an exhibition and year of programming at The Magnes Collection. The project investigates the range of material ways Jews have connected with their shared biblical past — tangibly constructing themselves and their world in relation to the text with remarkable creativity.


Ashwak Hauter and William Stafford (Anthropology)
Classification, Instrumentation, Technique: Exploring the Thin Line Between Religion and Science, April 25, 2015

This conference intends to explore concepts and methods that index the thin line between science and religion. We will explore forms of classification, instrumentation, and technical practice as they frame this distinction, and questions of knowledge and its objects which arise therein.


UC Berkeley graduate students organizing events for Fall 2015 are invited to apply by the next application deadline of Thursday, April 30 (4 pm). Awards range from $250 to $500 for a lecture, and up to $1000 for a conference. Contact for more information.

Past Recipients

Between the Visible and the Invisible: Cosmology, Ritual, and Hermeneutics in Historical and Contemporary Chinese Worlds
Jesse Chapman (East Asian Languages and Cultures) and Yueni Zhong (Art History)

Leaps of Faith – Figurations of Belief in Literature and Critical Thought
Simone Stirner (Comparative Literature)

The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion is offering five to ten summer research grants in the amount of $5000 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, but it should not exceed 1500 words.
• A current CV, with your committee members listed.
• A letter of recommendation from your committee chair or major advisor.

Completed applications (including all supporting materials) should be submitted to BCSR directors c/o and received by Monday, March 2 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 2015 semester.

Due Dates:
Deadline for applications: March 2, 2015 by 4 pm
Award Announced: Week of March 30
Award Period: Summer 2015
Award Amount: $5,000 for summer research travel and related expenses

Past Recipients:
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 was provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award granted to Professor Thomas Laqueur and the Frank and Leslie Yeary Endowment for Ethics in the Humanities.