Templeton Fellowships at Notre Dame, USA

Deadline: 1 November 2012
Open to: outstanding junior scholars with academic records of exceptional promise and whose research agendas align with the purpose and parameters of the program.
Fellowship: stipend of up to $100,000; furnished faculty housing; up to $3,000 in research expenditures; and more.

With the support of the John Templeton Foundation, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study will offer two residential Templeton Fellowships for the academic year 2013-2014 (fall and spring semesters, August through May). These distinctive fellowships offer an extraordinary measure of scholarly support for distinguished scholars to rethink basic assumptions underlying their academic disciplines and to pursue advanced and creative research on one of the following questions:

  1. What is human creativity and how does it manifest itself?
  2. What is the place of the human mind in nature?
  3. How do the life sciences and the humanities contribute to an explanation of the unique features of humans?
  4. How can the plurality of religious traditions be integrated with a philosophical monotheism?

More information on these questions may be found HERE. These questions invite research projects of an advanced nature that link multiple disciplines, especially philosophy, theology, and the sciences. Successful research proposals, when completed, should have the potential to act as a catalyst for new thinking and an advance of knowledge in several disciplines.

Fellowship Description: 

The two residential fellowships will include:

  • a stipend of up to $100,000;
  • fully furnished faculty housing (for those who reside outside of the Michiana area);
  • up to $3,000 in research expenditures;
  • a private office at the NDIAS, with a personal desktop computer and printer;
  • access to two research assistants for up to 10 hours per week during each 15-week semester (fall 2013 & spring 2014);
  • participation in the NDIAS research workshops and events, including the two weekly seminars held at the Institute;
  • access to University of Notre Dame libraries and other facilities;
  • registration, meals, and materials for the NDIAS conference;
  • hosted collegial dinners and scholarly events; and
  • the opportunity to develop and to participate in major presentations of research, especially with Templeton Colloquia.


Distinguished senior scholars with extensive records of academic accomplishment and who have had a considerable impact on their discipline are encouraged to apply.

Outstanding junior scholars with academic records of exceptional promise and whose research agendas align with the purpose and parameters of the program are also invited to apply.

Fellowship Expectations:

Templeton Fellows are expected:

  • to remain in residence at the University during their fellowship;
  • to contribute intellectually to each of the weekly seminars (held on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Institute) and periodic presentations of the fellows’ research;
  • to engage the University community through the presentation of seminars, workshops, papers, or other academic interactions [Templeton Fellows also present their research at the Templeton Colloquia. Templeton Colloquia provide Fellows with access to up to 20 premier scholars from multiple disciplines. The Colloquia promote interdisciplinary engagement on the topics and questions identified above; Fellows present their research to this group of scholars for the purpose of feedback and discussion on their ideas and findings.];
  • to complete their research proposal during the fellowship period;
  • to disseminate the results of their completed project in an manner appropriate for their project and discipline (book or journal publication(s), presentation(s) to major academic organizations or conferences, etc.) and within a reasonable period after the completion of their fellowship;
  • six to twelve months following the end of the fellowship, to submit a report to the NDIAS explaining how the fellowship impacted the results, concepts, and/or methods employed in the research project; and
  • to inform the NDIAS of the publication and presentation of research completed during the fellowship period and to provide the NDIAS with copies of papers, articles, and books resulting from their fellowship.


Templeton Fellowship applications for 2013-2014, including letters of reference and all supporting documentation, must be received by Thursday, November 1, 2012.

Applicants must submit:

  1. a completed Templeton Fellowship online application form FOUND HERE;
  2. a research proposal that addresses one of the four Templeton questions and a related subquestion in no more than ten pages, double-spaced;
  3. an abstract (no more than 500 words) of your research proposal;
  4. a proposal bibliography (no more than three pages, single-spaced);
  5. a current curriculum vitae of no more than six pages (must include applicant’s publications, scholarly work, and/or professional experience, if applicable);
  6. three letters of reference (you may wish to consider sending your three referees a copy of your fellowship proposal and the Templeton Fellowship requirements for letters of reference).
For more information and instructions about the application, CLICK HERE.

Questions about Templeton Fellowships at the NDIAS should be directed to Carolyn Sherman, Programs Administrator, at [email protected].

Find the original website HERE.

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