The SSRC’s Religion and the Public Sphere Program, with support from the Henry Luce Foundation, will host a Religion and the Public Sphere Summer Institute for Early-Career Scholars. This week-long institute will take place in July 2020 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The goal of the 2020 Summer Institute is to bring together early-career scholars conducting research on, or beginning new projects on, the ways in which religion intersects with two critical public issues: social justice movements and environmental crises. Through a series of small seminars and workshops led by senior scholars, and unstructured time for reading, writing, and reflection, the Institute provides an intensive but informal setting for cross-disciplinary dialogue, exploring research design, presenting research findings, and networking with peers concerned with the ways in which religious ideas, practices, actors, institutions, and movements engage the public sphere. Following the workshop, participants interested in pursuing collaborative projects with each other will be eligible to apply for small seed grants to develop their projects.

The Institute is open to advanced doctoral candidates (must have completed all requirements for the PhD degree except for the dissertation by June 2020) and recent postdocs (those who were granted their PhD during or after Spring 2015) from all fields in the social sciences, humanities, and theology. Applications are due January 31, 2020. Apply online at apply.ssrc.org.

Applications will consist of a narrative description of a current research agenda, a short application form, and a curriculum vitae. More information on the summer institute, eligibility, and application requirements can be found on the website.