Dissertation Fellowships

The Templeton Dissertation Fellowships Program in Early Modern Philosophy of Religion and Theology will award several dissertation fellowships to scholars devoted to inquiry into the problem of evil as it is treated in early modern philosophy of religion and/or theology.

Fellowships are aimed at dissertation research which provides new insights into the way in which the nature and reality of evil were treated in the distinctive intellectual culture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, characterized as it was by distinctive intellectual trends including the maturation of the Reformation, the rise of modern science, etc.

The Center for Philosophy of Religion invites doctoral candidates working in the areas of early modern philosophy of religion and/or theology to apply for these one-year fellowships. (Fellowship recipients in 2011 may apply for renewal of their fellowships in 2012.) The fellowships are aimed at encouraging Ph.D. students to pursue research in these areas while in residence as dissertation fellows in the Center for Philosophy of Religion. This program will award up to three dissertation fellowships in both 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

Fellows will receive one-year awards with the possibility of a second year renewal in 2011, and one-year awards in 2012. Fellows will spend their time in residence at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., interacting with leading scholars in early modern philosophy of religion and theology and in contemporary philosophy of religion, for the purpose of undertaking cutting-edge doctoral research on their topic.

Each fellow will receive a $25,000 fellowship award, plus up to $5,000 for relocation, travel and research. In addition, fellows will have joint access to up to $12,000 to select and bring in outside speakers and visitors for short periods during their tenure, under the oversight of the fellowship directors. (Logistical and administrative details will be handled by the Center’s administrative staff.)

Each fellow is expected to complete his or her research project within a short time after the end of the fellowship program, and where appropriate, to disseminate those results through publications and conference presentations. Fellows are also expected to submit a report to the fellowship directors within a year following the fellowship period describing the effects of their time as fellows on the direction of their research, and to send the fellowship directors notices of presentations, as well as copies of any papers and books resulting from research conducted during the fellowship period.

Application Details

Applicants must be doctoral candidates at a university with an accredited program in philosophy, theology, or divinity. In addition, applicants must have completed all requirements for the completion of the Ph.D., with the exception of the completion and defense of the written doctoral thesis, by the time the fellowship period commences (i.e., candidates must be “ABD”). Applicants should be able to demonstrate strong promise for successful doctoral and post-doctoral level research. Applicants should prepare a timeline describing precisely the work that will be completed during the grant period, the order in which the work will be completed, and (when applicable) how the work will be completed at Notre Dame (where appropriate).

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • a complete curriculum vitae
  • three confidential letters of recommendation, including one from the thesis director
    (Letters must be sent by either the recommenders or a placement service.)
  • a project description of no more than 1,200 words; you may peruse sample research topics here.
  • a project abstract of no more than150 words
  • one published or unpublished paper

Application materials and any questions about applying should be submitted electronically (except letters), if possible, to philreligion@nd.edu. Hard copies of application material may be sent to:

Templeton Early Modern Fellowship
c/o Samuel Newlands, Associate Director
Center for Philosophy of Religion
University of Notre Dame
418 Malloy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Applications are due January 15, 2012.