Call for Applications: Young Scholars in American Religion 2020-2022

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Indiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Political Science, Religious Studies and Theology, Social Sciences, Sociology

The Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture is pleased to announce we are now taking applications for the 2019-20 Young Scholars in American Religion program.

The next generation of leading teachers and scholars in American religion is at work in our colleges and universities today. With support from Lilly Endowment, the Center assists these early career scholars in the improvement of their teaching and research and in the development of professional communities through the Young Scholars in American Religion program. In addition to its historic concentration on teaching and research, the Young Scholars program now includes a seminar devoted to such other professional issues as constructing a tenure portfolio, publication, grant writing, and department politics.

Beginning in 2020, a series of seminars devoted to the enhancement of teaching and research will be offered in Indianapolis. The aims of all sessions of the program are to develop ideas and methods of teaching in a supportive workshop environment, stimulate scholarly research and writing, and create a community of scholars that will continue into the future.

The dates for these seminars are:

  • Session I: October 14-18, 2020
  • Session II: April 7-11, 2021
  • Session III: October 13-17, 2021
  • Session IV: March 16-20, 2022


Penny A. Edgell and Jonathan L. Walton will lead the 2020-2022 seminars.

Applying to the Young Scholars program:

Scholars eligible to apply are those working in a subfield of the area of religion in North America, broadly understood, who have a terminal degree in hand, a full-time academic position (tenure track or renewable long-term), and have launched their careers within the last seven years. Scholars are selected with the understanding that they will commit to the program for all seminar dates. Participants are expected to produce two course syllabi, with justification of teaching approach, and a publishable research article over the course of their seminars.

Applicants must submit (a) a curriculum vitae; (b) a 750-word essay indicating why they are interested in participating and describing their current and projected research and teaching interests; and (c) email information for three scholars willing to write letters of reference (portfolios with generic reference letters are not accepted).

All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be received by March 15th. Please note that the Center will not request supporting letters until after the application is submitted so plan accordingly.

Follow the URL below to find out more information and to apply today.

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