The Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal (RSDR) Fellowship of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) aims to bring knowledge of the place of religion and spirituality into scholarly and public conversations about renewing democracy in the United States. These fellowships are offered by the SSRC Program on Religion and the Public Sphere with the support and partnership of the Fetzer Institute.

Applications for this year’s fellowship are due April 6, 2021. Apply online at

The RSDR fellowship program invites proposals for research at the intersection of religion, spirituality, and democracy in the United States. The fellowships offer research support over a period of up to 12 months to doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy and to postdoctoral researchers within five years of their PhD. The program welcomes proposals on religion and spirituality in its relation to democracy from across all fields in the social sciences, humanities, and theology.

For this year’s RFP, the program is particularly interested in projects that engage how broadly reaching social trends and larger-scale religious traditions or institutions are influential in shaping democratic participation, debates, and institutions as well as public policies. Conversely, it is also especially interested in how political processes shape these organizations and trends, as well as work that explores perspectives along a broad ideological and political spectrum.

More information on eligibility, research themes, and application materials can be found on the program’s website.