8.0147 Fellowships in Religion and American History (1/192)

Wed, 24 Aug 1994 17:56:39 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 8, No. 0147. Wednesday, 24 Aug 1994.

Date: Thu, 18 Aug 1994 11:50:31 -0400 (EDT)
From: Jon Butler <jbutler@minerva.cis.yale.edu>
Subject: 1995-96 Fellowships from Pew Program in Religion & American History

National Fellowships
for Ph.D. Dissertations
and First Books

Pew Program
in Religion
and American

sponsored by
Yale University
funded by
The Pew Charitable Trusts

OF _October 14, 1994_ FOR ALL FELLOWSHIPS

Through a generous $1.5 million grant from
The Pew Charitable Trusts, Yale University has
established a nationally competitive fellowship
program to stimulate and sustain scholarship in
religion and American history between 1600 and
1980. Awards are available to scholars in the early
stages of their careers who are completing Ph.D.
dissertations or first books.

The Pew Program in Religion and American
History emphasizes direct aid to scholars through
fellowships and conferences. The awards are
intended to foster a sense of community and purpose
among beginning scholars and to stimulate a new
body of historical literature on crucial interrelation-
ships between religion and America's historical
evolution between 1600 and 1980. The program
represents a major partnership between The Pew
Charitable Trusts and Yale University to provide
national leadership in better understanding the
dynamics of American history, particularly the role
religion may have played in its unfolding.


The program is thoroughly non-sectarian and
non-denominational. Attention may be directed to
the many varieties of religion practiced in the United
States throughout its history, including native
American religion, Christianity, Judaism, Islam,
Buddhism, and occultism, among others, and to their
interrelationships with any and all aspects of
American life before 1980.

The program especially welcomes proposals that
address causal relationships between religion and Ameri-
can history. These might include relationships
between religion and politics, economics, foreign
policy, popular culture, intellectual life, family life,
public policy, education, and public and private
morality, just to name a few.

Graduate Student Awards

1995 Summer Fellowships

The program will award six $5000 fellowships
for summer 1995. Applicants must have completed
all oral and/or written examinations and have begun
dissertation research by the application deadline. The
fellowships are intended to allow students to use the
summer in dissertation research and writing.
Applications must be postmarked by October 14, 1994.

1995-1996 Dissertation Fellowships

The program will award eight one-year
dissertation fellowships of $12,000 each for the 1995-
1996 academic year. The fellowships are intended as
"final year" awards, and applicants should explain
why and how they expect to complete their
dissertations during the term of the fellowship.
Applications must be postmarked by October 14, 1994.

Graduate students may apply for both the 1995
Summer Dissertation Fellowship and the 1995-1996
Dissertation Fellowship.

Faculty Awards

1995-1996 Faculty Fellowships

The program will award six fellowships of
$32,000 for the 1995-1996 academic year to faculty
members completing first books. Faculty members
are expected to devote full time to final research and
writing and to be free from all teaching and
administrative responsibilities during the term of the
fellowship. Applications cannot be taken from
candidates who held academic year postdoctoral
research or writing fellowships after July 1993 or who
completed Ph.D. dissertations after July 1994.
Applications must be postmarked by October 14, 1994.


Yale Regional Faculty Conferences

The Pew Program in Religion and American
History sponsors a brief conference for faculty
members interested in the relationship between
religion and American history each fall. This
year, the conference will be held Thursday evening,
Dec 1 and Friday morning, Dec. 2. The featured
speakers will be R. Laurence Moore, who
will discuss his new book, _Selling God_, and Jan
Shipps, well-known author of _Mormonism: The
Story of a New Religious Tradition_, who will discuss
teaching religion in American history. The program
assumes the costs of overnight lodging and meals for
all participants; participants arrange their own
transportation to Yale.

Fellows Conferences

Recipients of fellowships awarded by the Pew
Program in Religion and American History will
attend a conference at Yale University in the spring of
1996. Both graduate student and faculty fellows will
make presentations based on the work undertaken
during their fellowship and will discuss problems and
opportunities in teaching issues relating to religion
and American history. Travel, room, and meal
expenses for the Fellows Conference will be assumed
by the program.


Applications for fellowships offered by the Pew
Program in Religion and American History are
available at the Yale address below. Completed
applications for all fellowships must be postmarked by
October 14, 1994. Awards will be announced by
mid-December 1994.

Faculty members living in the northeast area of
the United States should receive announcements of
the Yale Regional Faculty Seminar during the early
fall. Faculty members who wish to attend the
seminar should write the office of the Pew Program
in Religion and American History at Yale for
information. The conference is open to all interested
faculty members teaching American history.

Fellowship stipends will be paid directly to
recipients following certification of their status and
other requirements.


Fellowships are awarded on a nationally
competitive basis to graduate students and faculty
throughout the United States. Fellowship recipients
may do their work wherever it suits them, and there
is no requirement for residence at Yale. Yale
University eagerly makes its libraries and many other
facilities available to all scholars.

Yale graduate students do not participate in this
national award competition and apply instead for
special fellowships available for them at Yale.

For applications and information write:

Pew Program in Religion and American History
Yale University
P. O. Box 208287
New Haven CT 06520-8287

e-mail: pew_yale@quickmail.yale.edu
telephone: (203) 432-2849

The Pew Program in Religion and American
History is directed by Professors Jon Butler and
Harry S. Stout. The program's project assistant
is Scott Cormode.