Call for Proposals: Joint Projects on Religion and Public Life

The Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life at Columbia University supports academic research, teaching, and scholarship on the study of religion and public life. The Institute seeks proposals from Columbia University faculty for programs that aim to understand the role of religion in the contemporary world and its historical roots. Proposals for seminars, conferences, events, research and other joint projects that bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars are welcome.

The Institute will consider proposals that fall under the following thematic areas:

  • Religion and Sexuality
  • Islam in the 21st Century
  • Religion in American Public Life
  • Religion and Culture
  • Religion and Politics
  • Religion and Social Change
  • Religion in International Affairs and Global Politics
  • Religion and Journalism
  • Democracy, Secularism, and Pluralism

Proposal Requirements

The deadline for joint project proposals for the Spring 2017 semester is Tuesday, November 8th.

The following information is required:

  • Proposal narrative that details the goals of the project and how they will be achieved. This should include key questions the project will use to focus its discussion, the issues that will be explored and a proposed list of participants (three to five pages).
  • Projected budget and budget narrative (one page).
  • C.V. of the participating faculty leader.

Projects will be administered in partnership with the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life including its faculty and staff.


Typically, a joint project will receive no more than $25,000, with funds awarded based on activities proposed. Proposals will be reviewed by the Institute and results will be announced by Tuesday, November 15th.

Proposals should be sent electronically to Walid Hammam at [email protected]