The Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life supports academic research, teaching, and scholarship. The Institute seeks proposals from Columbia University faculty for programs that aim to understand the role of religion in the contemporary world and its historical roots. Joint Project funding may be applied to seminars, conferences, events, research, teaching, and other joint projects that bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars.
The Institute will consider proposals that fall under the following thematic areas:
- Religion and Sexuality
- Islam in the 21st Century
- Religion in American Public Life
- Religion and Culture
- Religion and Politics
- Religion in International Affairs and Global Politics
- Religion and Journalism
Joint Projects are open to full-time officers of instruction at Columbia University, Barnard College, the Union Theological Seminary, and Teachers College.
Projects must be jointly presented by at least two faculty members. Strong Joint Projects will include an interdisciplinary group of faculty members. Third parties may be part of the Joint Project team as long as the team includes at least two faculty members from Columbia University or its affiliates listed above.
IRCPL Joint Projects will fund projects up to $15,000 for travel, materials, and other expenses related to the design/implementation of the project. The grant cannot be used for salary, stipends, Per Diem, teaching-assistant wages or technology purchases. Strong proposals will include funding from other sources.
Applications must be submitted by an individual with the authority to serve as a principal investigator, who will assume primary responsibility for the project at Columbia University.
Eligible projects could include:
● Thematic workshops with students and faculty
● Joint conferences, working groups, seminars, and speakers series
● Field research groups
Application required documents must be sent in English to firstname.lastname@example.org as a single PDF document in the following order:
1. Cover Page including the project title, e-mail, telephone number, and affiliation of each principal investigator.
2. Abstract (two paragraphs maximum) outlining the Joint Project.
3. Project Narrative (five pages maximum) describing the research question, theoretical foundations, existing literature, empirical and methodological facets, and relevance to the mission of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life.
4. Curriculum Vitae of project investigators.
5. Budget (one page) detailing the cost allocation of the joint project with amounts specified by category (travel, accommodation, catering, books, etc.) and a provisional timeline. Please indicate if there is funding from other sources or if you will seek additional funding. Please note that the Joint Projects Grant will not cover any types of salary, stipends, per diem, teaching-assistant wages, or technology purchases.
6. Project Timeline detailing the planning and execution phases of the joint project.
7. Letters of Support (as appropriate) from, partnering faculty, external collaborators, other institutions or investigators, and from other external funding sources.
Application Deadline: February 1st, 2018