February 2022 Events and Opportunities

Below, find upcoming events and open calls for papers, grants, fellowships, and more. 

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Calls for Papers

  • The Journal of the Contemporary Study of Islam seeks research articles that deal with some of the most pressing issues that Muslims face in the contemporary world, such as new approaches to Islamic law, new religious trends in the Muslim world (e.g. new atheism, deism, and agnosticism), Islam and politics, sectarianism in the Muslim world, Islam and social change, Islam and human rights, Islamophobia, Muslim-Christian relations, new methodological developments in Quranic studies, and hadith studies. (Ongoing opportunity)
  • Edinburgh University Press seeks book proposals for its series "Advances in the Study of Islam" which will publish cutting-edge research that reflects the long history and geographic breadth of Islam. (Ongoing opportunity) 
  • American Baptist Quarterly invites articles reflecting on secularity and the secularization thesis for Christianity in late modernity from historical, theological, moral, political, or social perspectives. (Deadline: February 1, 2022)
  • American Baptist Quarterly invites proposals for submissions exploring meaningful Bible translation efforts in the past as well as explorations of prospects and directions for versions of biblical texts to serve the church in the present and future. . (Deadline: February 15, 2022)
  • The Center for Political Theology at Villanova University invites proposals for symposia of 2-6 contributors to be featured on its new blog, Literature and Political Theology. The blog will publish essays of 1500-2000 words that each critically engage with the same literary text (poem, novel, short story, play, creative non-fiction) in conversation with political theology, broadly understood. The series is edited by Benjamin Balthaser (English, IUSB), James Ford III (English/Black Studies, Occidental), Kris Trujillo (Comparative Literature, Chicago), Brook Wilensky-Lanford (Religion, Virginia), and Mimi Winick (Harvard Divinity School). (Deadline: February 28, 2022)
  • American Baptist Quarterly invites articles exploring both roots and effects of contemporary 21st century reformations. (Deadline: March 1, 2022)

Fellowships, Grants, and Further Scholarship 

  • ACLS Digital Justice Grants - This program especially supports projects that engage with the interests and histories of people of color and other historically marginalized communities, including (but not limited to) Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities; people with disabilities; and queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people. (Deadline: February 15, 2022)
  • NEH Summer Institute: Mormonism and Mexico - Claremont Graduate University invites scholars and educators to examine the history of Mormonism and Mexico as a case study to explore the impact of borders and migration on religious change in the modern world. (Deadline: March 1, 2022)
  • Islamic Scholarship Fund 2022 Scholarships - Since 2009 ISF has funded American Muslim scholars studying and working in fields with the greatest impact on public opinion and policy. Our scholarships range from $3,000-$10,000. Our goal: to improve negative portrayals of Muslims in the news, increase the number of Muslim policymakers, and invest in the creation of positive and engaging stories about American Muslims. (Deadline: March 21, 2022)
  • ACLS Leading Edge Fellowships - Leading Edge Fellowships place recent humanities PhDs with nonprofit organizations committed to promoting social justice in their communities. Fellows take on substantive roles that draw on the skills and capacities honed in the course of earning the humanities PhD, including advanced communication, research, project management, and creative problem solving. This initiative is made possible through the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. (Deadline: March 28, 2022)
  • Civitas Dei Fellowship, 2022: The City of God in Modernity: Culture and Ecclesiology - The Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship is a project sponsored by the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America and by the Thomistic Institute at the Dominican House of Studies that offers competitive fellowships for graduate students (and a few talented, upper-level undergraduates), drawing from across fields in the sciences, humanities, and from law. Accepted fellowship recipients attend a one-week program in Washington, D.C. that offers courses and seminars given by distinguished scholars focusing on some aspect of Catholic thought in relation to culture and public life. (Deadline: March 31, 2022)
  • SSRC Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal (RSDR) Fellowship invites proposals for research at the intersection of religion, spirituality, and democracy in the United States. The fellowships offer research support over a period of up to 12 months to doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy and to postdoctoral researchers within five years of their PhD. (Deadline: April 14, 2022)
  • Membership in the Fellowship for Protestant Ethics - The Fellowship for Protestant Ethics is a diverse community of early-career scholars who are critically appreciative of the Protestant tradition(s) of ethical reflection and radically committed to the church's social witness. To be eligible for membership, applicants must be between qualifying examinations (having finished comprehensive/qualifying exams by the time of the meeting) and tenure, and be willing to participate in the annual symposium (when meeting together is possible). (Deadline: May 1, 2022)
  • Historical Society of the Episcopal Church Grants - HSEC invites applications for regular grants and The Robert W. Prichard Prize, which recognizes the best Ph.D., Th.D., or D.Phil. dissertation that considers the history of the Episcopal Church as well as the Anglican church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. Recipients are expected to make an appropriate submission to the Society’s journal, Anglican and Episcopal History. (Deadline: May 1)


  • The AAR Religion and the Arts Award is presented annually to an artist, performer, critic, curator, or scholar who has made a recent significant contribution to the understanding of the relations among the arts and religions, both for the academy and for a broader public. (Deadline: February 1, 2022)
  • The AAR Journalism Awards honor the best in-depth reporting on religion in two categories: newswriting and multimedia journalism. (Deadline: March 14, 2022)


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