Call for Applications for AAR-Luce Fellowships in Religion and International Affairs
Deadline: 5:00 pm EDT, March 31, 2016
The American Academy of Religion (AAR) invites applications for AAR-Luce Fellowships in Religion and International Affairs. The program places scholars with PhDs or ThDs, grounded in the humanities or related social sciences, at the US Department of State, under the Department’s Franklin Fellows Program. Fellows will participate in substantive work of the Department involving religion and international affairs. Fellows will receive a stipend of up to $6,500 per month plus up to $1,500 as a relocation subsidy.
Funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Fellowship program seeks to bring scholarly knowledge and critical perspectives to the analysis of contemporary issues and the shaping of policy; and to offer scholars opportunities to contribute their expertise while learning about the functioning of a US government agency.
To be eligible, applicants must:
Applicants of any faculty status are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants could include, for example, newly minted PhDs, contingent faculty, faculty emeriti/ae, scholars working outside of academia, or tenured faculty with upcoming sabbatical leave—provided that the requirement of five years’ professional work experience has been met.
The fellowship program especially seeks candidates (1) who have substantial experience or interest in communicating their knowledge of religion to non-academic audiences and (2) whose expertise or experience suggests they could work effectively in a government agency.
Of particular interest currently are applicants who work on the following topics:
However, by the time the Fellow selection process is completed, additional Department of State interests are likely to have arisen. Thus, candidates with other interests are also strongly encouraged to apply.
Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm EDT, March 31, 2016, and must include:
1) completed application form
Recommenders should submit their letters to:
All other application materials should be submitted by applicants to:
Submission Process: All eligible applications are peer-reviewed by a panel convened by the AAR. Leading candidates are then selected to be interviewed. These interviews are expected to occur in May. Finalists will then apply to the Department of State’s Franklin Fellows program and be reviewed by the Department of State. Fellows are expected to be identified by July 15, contingent on the awardee subsequently passing security and ethics clearances by the Department. Clearances can take on average from four to eight months and sometimes longer to complete. Fellows are expected to start work between January and June 2017, depending how long clearances take, an awardee’s availability, and Department of State needs. Be sure to review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) before applying.