The John Templeton Foundation invites applications for its Academic Cross-Training (ACT) Fellowship program beginning November 14, 2016, with fellowships to begin Fall 2018. The ACT Fellowship program is intended to equip recently tenured philosophers and theologians with the skills and knowledge needed to study Big Questions that require substantive and high-level engagement with empirical science.
Each ACT Fellowship will provide up to $217,400 for no more than three (3) contiguous years of support for a systematic and sustained course of study in an empirical science such as physics, psychology, biology, genetics, cognitive science, neuroscience, or sociology. Acceptable courses of study might include a plan to audit undergraduate and graduate-level courses, a plan to spend time in residence at a research lab, or a plan to earn a degree in an empirical science. Fellows may undertake their study at their home institution or another institution. All fellows must have a faculty mentor in their cross-training discipline.
- Ph.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited university
- Employment by an accredited U.S. or non-U.S. university or college. The employer agrees to sponsor the applicant, be the ultimate recipient of fellowship funds, administer the distribution of funds, and make reports to the Foundation on the use of the funds.
- Received tenure after September 1, 2010.
- Primary faculty appointment within a philosophy, religious studies, religion, or theology department.
Note: Trustees and officers of the John Templeton Foundation and other “disqualified persons” as defined pursuant to Section 4946 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, are not eligible to apply for the ACT Fellowship program.
November 14, 2016: LOI submission window opens
March 31, 2017: LOI submission window closes
May 11, 2017: Full proposals invited
Fall 2017: Awards announced
Fall 2018: Fellowships begin
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