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Two PhD scholarships for dissertation projects related to Buddhism.

The Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany offers two PhD scholarships for dissertation projects related to Buddhism.

  •   Deadline for applications:    22 October 2017
  •   Start of scholarship:         Summer or autumn 2018
  •   Duration of scholarship:      3 or 4 years
  • Scholarship amount:           EUR1000 per month + insurance + support for  rent + EUR460 per year + lump sums for travel
  • Scholarship donor:            German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at the Ludwigs-Maximilian-Universität in Munich is based on a cooperation between Asian Studies (Indology, Japanology, Sinology, Tibetology) and Religious Studies and promotes and supervises PhD theses related to Buddhism within a broad range of subjects and disciplines. To strengthen the disciplinary and communicative skills of the doctoral students, the research-oriented study program is complemented by workshops and teaching placements as well as by transferable skills training.

Intensive supervision by mentoring teams helps students to accomplish doctoral projects at the highest level. In addition, the integration of the doctoral candidates into interdisciplinary and international networks promotes their professional development as young scholars.

The selection process comprises two stages: Applications are sent to the Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies in Munich. The program will select promising candidates, who then have to submit their materials to the DAAD. It is expected that the successful candidates will be chosen and informed by February 2018.

The prerequisites for application are:

  • non-German citizenship
  • a Master of Arts or Magister Artium degree or equivalent in a relevant field
  • excellent knowledge of at least one Buddhist source language
  • outstanding qualifications in the subject
  • and fluency in English.

A basic knowledge of German is also desirable, though not a prerequisite, but willingness to learn German/improve German language skills will be expected. Applicants should not have lived in Germany for more than fifteen months at the time of the submission of their materials to the DAAD (in December or January), and the last final examination should have taken place no more than six years before this date.

For details concerning the application, please visit our homepage:

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Dr. Simone Heidegger
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies
Oettingen-Str. 67
D-80538 München
Tel.: (+49)-89-2180-9809
Fax:  (+49)-89-2180-9801
E-mail: s.heidegger@lrz.uni-muenchen.de

Call for Applications: Post-Doctoral Researcher: Project on the social implications of legal statuses and determination processes among recent asylum-seekers

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity Call for Applications Post-Doctoral Researcher: Project on the social implications of legal statuses and determination processes among recent asylum-seekers

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Department for Socio-Cultural Diversity) wishes to appoint a highly qualified candidate for a new postdoctoral research position for three years. Applicants should have a degree in anthropology, sociology, political science, geography or another relevant social science. Experience working with asylum-seekers will be an advantage.

Researching in Göttingen (or another to-be-arranged German city), the postdoctoral researcher will qualitatively examine asylum-seekers’ differential access to resources, services, information and advice (particularly concerning their legal status, conditions, and restrictions), as well as their understandings of these. Accordingly, the researcher will also investigate asylum-seekers’ ability to conduct some form of individual independence, engage in family life, access jobs, education, training, and housing, as well as degrees of mobility within the parameters set out by respective legal statuses.

Very good spoken and written German and English is required. [The working language of the Institute is English, and publications in English-language academic journals and books are prioritized.] An additional language, relevant to contemporary asylum-seekers in Germany, will also be an advantage. Salary is based on the German public service scale TVöD (level E 13).

Applications should include a cover letter describing the applicant’s career trajectory, research experience, and interests, CV, a list of publications, publication (or Ph.D. thesis) samples and the names and contact details of two potential referees. Deadline for all applications is 17.00 pm Friday 26 May 2017. The position will commence as soon as possible, and no later than September 30th, 2017. Please send applications and any queries to the Director’s Secretary, Jutta Esser (esser@mmg.mpg.de).

The Max Planck Society is mainly funded by German Federal and State Governments (see www.mpg.de). Max Planck Institutes provide outstanding facilities, academic resources and intellectual environments for the support of independent research. Max Planck Institutes are not tied to universities. There are no teaching obligations for staff, but teaching and other forms of co-operation with universities are possible. The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the participation of women wherever they are underrepresented; therefore, applications from women are particularly welcome. Following its commitment to an equal opportunities employment policy, the Max Planck Society also especially encourages persons with a disability to submit their applications. For further details about the institute and its research consult the website (www.mmg.mpg.de).

The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the participation of women wherever they are underrepresented; therefore, applications from women are particularly welcome. Following its commitment to an equal opportunities employment policy, the Max Planck Society also especially encourages persons with a disability to submit their applications.

For further details about the institute and its research consult the website www.mmg.mpg.de

Call for Applications: “Religion, Culture, and Society: Entanglement and Confrontation”

 The 2017 UCSIA  summer school is a one-week course taking place from Sunday 27th of August until Saturday  2nd of September 2017. This year the program will focus on the topic ‘Between Market, State and Religion: Economic Realities, Social Justice & Faith Traditions’
 
Topic:
 
This year, the central aim of the UCSIA summer school is to reflect upon the evolutions of economic markets interacting with specific political and socio-religious contexts through time and space. The focus is put upon the ways in which socio-economic evolutions such as globalization, the historical rise of capitalist economies and the idea of the self-regulating market interact with and affect socio-religious and cultural normative frameworks on both the level of governmental policy, economic stakeholders and the individual household. The present call invites paper proposals in which the broad topic of economic realities interacting with social contexts and faith traditions will be discussed from a diverse line of approach, clustered around following subthemes:
 
§  Globalization, economic imperialism, and social justice
§  Religious communities and economic values and production
§  Capitalism under construction: appropriation of capitalist producing and consuming
 
 
Guest lecturers are Prof. Dr. Jennifer Olmsted(Department of Economics and Middle East Studies at Drew University), Prof. Dr. Mayfair Yang (Department of Religious Studies and Department of East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara), Dr. David Henig (School of Anthropology & Conservation, University of Kent, UK) and Prof. Dr. Paul Oslington (Alphacrusis College, Sydney, Australia)
 
Practical details:
 
Participation and stay for young scholars and researchers are free of charge. Participants should pay for their own travel expenses to Antwerp.
 
You can submit your application via the electronic submission form on the summer school website.The completed file, as well as all other required application documents, must be submitted to the UCSIA Selection Committee not later thanSunday 14th of May 2017.
 
For further information regarding the program and application procedure, please have a look at our website: www.ucsia.org/summerschool.
 
Please help us to distribute this call for applications among Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars who might be interested in applying for this summer school.
 
For all further information, do not hesitate to contact us at the address below.
 
Contact:
 
Ellen Decraene
Project Manager UCSIA
Prinsstraat 14
2000 Antwerp – Belgium
Tel: +32/3/265.45.99
Fax: +32/3/707.09.31

Funding: “Predoc” scholarships for the preparation of a doctoral dissertation at the University of Cologne

Starting October 1st, 2017, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, the interdisciplinary graduate school of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Cologne, offers 8 “Predoc” scholarships for the preparation of a doctoral dissertation project, each of EUR 950 monthly and for a time period of six months.
The purpose of the Predoc scholarships is to enable candidates to begin working towards a doctorate at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Cologne immediately after obtaining their qualifying degree. The scholarship holders are supported for one semester during which they are able to develop a doctoral project with a specific focus on interdisciplinary aspects.
The application deadline is May 19, 2017. For more information about the scholarships and the application process please visit here.

Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements

The Special Programme Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements has entered its final phase. The next and penultimate deadline for applications is May 24, 2017.

The funding initiative is aimed at researchers who, with an eye to current developments, are examining the emergence of political movements in the Islamic world at the national and/or transnational level. The programme takes a look at the dynamics between Islamic teachings, Islamism, nationalism and transnational orientations and environments. Scientific discussion of the countries and regions of the Islamic world should bring together expertise possessing regional and thematic focus in order to allow the problems associated with areas of conflict to be expounded upon, particularly with regards to global influences and processes of cultural exchange. The research programme addresses scholars of all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

The individual research areas are:
1. Historical and present day Islamic systems of society and state
2. The concept of nation, national movements and nationalism in Islamic civilisation
3. Islamic fundamentalism or Islamic emancipation?
4. Transnational civil society movements in the Islamic world
5. Islamic states in the international world system.

Further information on the research areas, the nature and scope of support as well as the application procedure is available online at:
http://www.gerda-henkel-stiftung.de/special_programme_islam

We would be grateful if you could please draw attention to the funding initiative through other suitable means.  Please contact us at any time with any queries.

 

Call for Applications: 2017-19 Postdoctoral Fellowship on Islam in North America

Stanford University, California- United States (Deadline: 2/20/17)

Stanford University’s Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and Department of Religious Studies invite applications for a two-year postdoctoral position on Islam in North America. We seek intellectually ambitious candidates with interdisciplinary aptitude. Possible areas of specialization include but are not limited to:

  • Islam and slavery in North America and the Atlantic World

– material culture and religious expression of Muslims in North America

– social/political experience of the Muslim diaspora in North America

– co-constitution of religion, race, gender, and class in North American Muslim identity and representation

The postdoctoral fellow will teach two undergraduate-level courses each year in the Religious Studies Department, pursue his/her own research agenda, and organize a set of academic events in the 2nd year. Ideally, one of the courses each year will provide an introduction to some of the most important features of Islam through an analysis of major theories and methods in the academic study of religion. The fellow will actively contribute to the intellectual life on campus, and collaborate closely with the colleagues at the Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.

A Ph.D. in Religious Studies or in a related field (such as Anthropology, History, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, American Studies) is required by the time of appointment on September 1, 2017. The recipient may not be more than five years beyond the receipt of doctoral degree on September 1, 2017. Compensation includes an annual salary of $65,000, health insurance coverage, a $1,500 research fund per year, and a $5,000 programming fund.

Application materials should be submitted online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8717 . Please submit a cover letter, CV (highlighting your educational background, teaching experience, publications), 2-page description of your research plans, two draft course syllabi, and a writing sample of no more than 30 pages. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted directly to AcademicJobsOnline.

For full consideration, materials should be received by February 20, 2017. Further inquiries shall be addressed to Dr. Burçak Keskin-Kozat (Associate Director of the Abbasi Program) at burcak@stanford.edu.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and clinical missions.


Burcak Keskin-Kozat, Ph.D. / Associate Director / The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies

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PhD Scholarships in Islamic Studies, with a focus on Muslims in Britain: University of Leeds

Theology and Religious Studies (TRS) at the University of Leeds invites applications from academically excellent candidates for several Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded PhD studentships commencing 2017-18. 

The deadline for applications is 1 February 2017.

TRS at Leeds represents an internationally excellent and world-leading environment for postgraduate research: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/coursefinder/25081/Masters_by_Research_and_PhD_in_Theology_and_Religious_Studies?from=20042&categoryID=20042

Areas of supervision offered in Islamic Studies focus on all aspects of the study of Muslims in Britain, Europe and the West, Christian-Muslim Relations, as well as the ethnography of contemporary religion, politics and culture in Muslim societies. For examples of theses completed or in progress please see: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/profile/20049/416/seán_mcloughlin/2

Applicants for an AHRC scholarship must have applied first for a place of study in the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science. Correspondence regarding the suitability of candidates and application procedures should be directed in the first instance to the TRS Postgraduate Research Tutor, Dr Seán McLoughlin (s.mcloughlin@leeds.ac.uk), and/or prhs_pgenquiries@leeds.ac.uk.

N.B. AHRC Studentship application forms and details of how to apply are only available from the AHRC White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) website: http://wrocah.ac.uk/new-student/ahrc-competition/. WRoCAH is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/news/article/4720/white_rose_phd_studentships_at_leeds

Dr Seán McLoughlin

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Muslim Cultures, Politics & Societies

School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science

University of Leeds, LS2 9JT 

Email s.mcloughlin@leeds.ac.uk

Web http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/profile/20049/416/sean_mcloughlin