ACLS Invites Proposals From Universities for Religion-Journalism Program

The American Council of Learned Societies is inviting proposals for its Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs Grants for Universities program.

The program aims to increase the presence of scholarship on religion in journalistic training and practice and to encourage greater interaction between scholars of religion and journalists covering international affairs. RJIA is a two-pronged initiative: One component of the program offers grants to support cross-sectoral collaborations at universities with strengths in the study of religion, journalism and media, and international affairs; the second component is a competition for research fellowships awarded to humanities and social science scholars engaged in the study of religion who wish to develop the capacities and interdisciplinary networks necessary to relate their specialist knowledge to media and policy audiences interested in world affairs.

Through the program, grants of up to $60,000 will be awarded for projects hosted at U.S.-based universities with research and curricular strengths in journalism and communication and in humanities and social science fields concerned with the study of religion in international contexts (including but not limited to anthropology, history, literature, political science, religious studies, and sociology).

Applicants are encouraged to propose activities that build on or extend current curricular and research strengths in relevant disciplinary areas. The grants may support one or more of a broad range of objects for grant funding, including but not limited to topic-oriented research groups; curricular development or co-teaching opportunities; campus faculty working groups related to the program's theme; public programming; collaboration with media outlets interested in developing connections to scholars and scholarship; workshops led by organizations dedicated to training scholars to engage with journalists and media organizations; short-term residencies for journalists at universities where they might actively engage with scholars; or other forms of programming designed to foster exchange between scholars and journalists.

In addition to pursuing their proposed projects, applicants also must be prepared to host up to two visiting research fellows funded by the RJIA program in the 2018-19 academic year. ACLS will list grantee institutions and project abstracts in its call for applications for fellowships, and applicants have the option to propose residency at one of the grantee institutions so that they may participate in the proposed programming.

Grants will support projects of between fifteen and twenty-four months in duration. Projects must be initiated between September 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018, and completed no later than August 30, 2019.  

To be eligible, the project's principal investigator must be a scholar in a field of the humanities and social sciences or journalism, and projects must be hosted by a U.S.-based university.

See the ACLS website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.