The post-doctoral fellowships are intended to support the early development of scholars who show promise of distinguished research careers in the social scientific study of contemporary global religions, especially religions in the “global south,” beyond the North Atlantic world (i.e., not the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe). The fellowships also intend to help over time to better integrate the study of religion into mainstream social sciences, and in the process to enhance the intellectual community and scholarly activity of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame.
Fellows will enjoy official positions at Notre Dame granting access to university library, web, educational, and athletic facilities. The University of Notre Dame is one of the most richly resourced universities in the world for the social scientific and interdisciplinary disciplinary study of religion. Besides their teaching obligations, postdoctoral fellows will be expected to work full-time on their own research and publishing, to position themselves for maximum career success following the postdoctoral fellowship. Postdoctoral fellows will be expected to produce as end products of their fellowships major publications, such as university press books or top journal articles.
Applications will be received and considered from scholars in all countries around the world studying sociology, but also possibly scholars in political science, anthropology, economics, psychology, religious studies, or area studies that are arguably highly sociological in approach. Dissertations and research agendas using all appropriate sociological methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative, are eligible. (Quantitative studies, however, must go beyond merely identifying statistically significant variables to naming, describing, and testing the causal mechanisms believed to explain those associations; ethnographic studies must include enough mixed-methods evidence to contextualize their findings).
Research using traditional methods in the humanities — analyzing texts, telling purely historical narratives, interpretive studies of works of art and performance — are not eligible. Applicants must have sufficiently strong English language skills to be able successfully to participate in the intellectual life of the CSRS and to teach their own undergraduate course in religion at Notre Dame.