FAQs

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!

Must I have a home institution in order to apply for a Research Fellowship?

No, we welcome applications from postdocs. You may request the entire stipend as salary, or divide it between salary and research/relocation funding.

By when must I have the Ph.D. completed in order to be eligible for a Research Fellowship?

Winning applicants for fellowships (other than Visiting Graduate) must have a Ph.D. prior to the time of appointment (August of the relevant academic year).

I am a faculty member at Notre Dame. Can I apply?

Notre Dame faculty are not eligible for Center fellowships.

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 philosophy of religion but who intend to work in the field later on in their careers. Applicants are not expected to be doing dissertation work in philosophy of religion, nor are they expected to propose a fellowship topic in the field. To be eligible, one need only have research interests in philosophy of religion. One can manifest such interest in various ways:  e.g., listing courses in that field that one has taken, submitting published or unpublished work in the field, having references speak to one’s interests in the field, etc.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.

When is the application deadline? 

February 1, 2020 is the next CPR fellowship application deadline for AY2020-2021 residential fellowships. Application deadlines are on February 1 for the next academic year fellowship cycle (e.g., February 1, 2020 for AY2020-2021; February 1, 2021 for AY2021-2022).

When are selections announced?

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