Rice University and the University of California, San Diego are pleased to announce a $2.9 million re-granting initiative.  The “Science and Religion: Identity and Belief Formation” project will specifically fund sociological research that empirically examines how identities and beliefs are related to science and religion.  This project, which is one of three social science projects underway, has been designed to provide support for new scholarship in the sociology of science and religion. The project, led by Elaine Howard Ecklund (Rice University) and John H. Evans (University of California, San Diego), is funded through the Templeton Religion Trust and coordinated by The Issachar Fund.

Funding is available to support graduate student fellowships and a postdoctoral fellowship, as well as early-career, mid-career, and senior scholar research grants in the field of sociology. All awards will run two years in length. The early-career, mid-career, and senior scholar awards are eligible to begin as early as April 1, 2020; all projects must be completed by June 30, 2022. The graduate student and post-doctoral fellowships will begin on July 1, 2020 and must be completed by June 30, 2022. All awards will be distributed by Rice University to the grantee’s institution.

If you have any questions, please email Laura Achenbaum.

John H. Evans

Professor; Tata Chancellor’s Chair in Social Sciences; Associate Dean of Social Sciences; Co-director of the Institute for Practical Ethics at UC San Diego.

Elaine Howard Ecklund

Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, Graduate Program Director and Director, Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University.