FAQs

How do I apply?

Applicants for the Alvin Plantinga Fellowship are required to submit the following by February 15, 2016:

  • A project statement, not to exceed 1,500 words (excluding references), describing the project on which you would like to work while at the Center
  • A project abstract of no more than 150 words
  • A complete curriculum vitae
  • One published or unpublished paper
  • Names of two people who can speak to the merits of the project and the ability of the applicant to execute it. References may be contacted in cases where an applicant is short-listed. The applicant should communicate this to her/his references and include the references' e-mail addresses in the application. Any letters that are requested by the evaluation committee can be brief, informal, and sent via e-mail.

Applicants for the Research Fellowship are required to submit the following by February 15, 2016:

  • A project statement, not to exceed 1,500 words (excluding references), describing the project on which you would like to work while at the Center
  • A project abstract of no more than 150 words
  • A complete curriculum vitae
  • One published or unpublished paper
  • Names of two people who can speak to the merits of the project and the ability of the applicant to execute it. References may be contacted in cases where an applicant is short-listed. The applicant should communicate this to her/his references and include the references' e-mail addresses in the application. Any letters that are requested by the evaluation committee can be brief, informal, and sent via e-mail.

Applicants for the Visiting Graduate Fellowship are required to submit the following by February 15, 2016:

  • A project statement, not to exceed 1,500 words (excluding references), describing the project on which you would like to work while at the Center
  • A project abstract of no more than 150 words
  • A complete curriculum vitae
  • One published or unpublished paper
  • Names of two people who can speak to the merits of the project and the ability of the applicant to execute it. References may be contacted in cases where an applicant is short-listed. The applicant should communicate this to her/his references and include the references' e-mail addresses in the application. Any letters that are requested by the evaluation committee can be brief, informal, and sent via e-mail.

All application materials must be submitted electronically to philreligion@nd.edu

NOTE: All application materials must be submitted as a single PDF in the order listed above.

All application materials must be received by February 15, 2016 to assure full consideration.

If you have questions, please email us at philreligion@nd.edu.

Can I apply for more than one Fellowship?

Yes, applicants may apply for any fellowship for which they are eligible.

What criteria are you looking for in candidates for the Visiting Graduate Student Fellowship?

Other things equal, the committee looks for applicants with interesting projects that bear some connection with topics in philosophy of religion; however, we are open to awarding the fellowship to students who are not currently working on anything related to the philosophy of religion but who intend to work in the field later on in their careers.  One can manifest serious research interest in the field in various ways:  e.g., listing courses in that field that one has taken, submitting published or unpublished work in the field, having letter writers speak to one’s interests in the field, etc.

Are letters of recommendation required for applications?

No, letters of recommendation are no longer required for applications. We are trying to reduce the letter writing burden on the profession. References may be contacted for some applicants. See above.

When are selections announced?

We expect that all applicants will be notified via email no later than March 15, 2016.