FAQs

How do I apply for a fellowship?

Applicants for a Research Fellowship are required to submit the following by February 1, 2017:

  • 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 project budget, not to exceed $70K, with the funding amount needed to secure an academic leave for a year. Administrative approval of the proposed budget is not required for the application stage.
  • 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  • One published or unpublished paper.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 1, 2017:

  • 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  • One published or unpublished paper.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

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

All application materials must be received by February 1, 2017 to assure full consideration.

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


If I am a philosopher who is interested in applying do I need to specialize in philosophy of religion or propose a project in philosophy of religion?

No, philosophers applying need not propose a project in philosophy of religion--projects need only bear some connection to the field. In recent years, we've funded work in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and history, for example. We encourage philosophers working in all fields to apply!


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 references 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 under "How do I apply for a fellowship?"


When are selections announced?

We expect that all applicants will be notified via email by March 15, 2017.