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Deadline: January 3, 2020

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Public Engagement Funding

Call for Applications to Be Nominated for Public Engagement Program Funding

Current members of the American Academy of Religion may apply to the AAR to be nominated for Whiting Foundation funding for a Public Engagement Seed Grant ($10,000) or a Public Engagement Fellowship ($50,000). The funding is for early career faculty whose project and professional expertise are in the field of religion in the humanities.*

The deadline for submitting your application for nomination is April 5. Nominations will be reviewed by representatives from the AAR Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion (CPUR). You will be notified by May 5 whether the AAR will nominate you. By June 14, nominees will need to submit a more developed application online to the Whiting Foundation.

Prior to applying, please read the Whiting Public Engagement Program guidelines. They provide a description of the program, eligibility requirements, and the subsequent application process for those nominated by the AAR. Note that your project must be primarily designed to engage one or more specific publics beyond the academy― but that public-facing writing will NOT be funded. To read about previously funded projects, visit the Whiting Foundation's fellows page and seed grantees page.

To apply for AAR nomination, complete the application by April 5, including uploading the following:

  • Project Overview (two pages maximum) addressing:

    • the need for the project and its intended outcomes
    • how your project differentiates itself in addressing that need
    • your target public audience and how you will engage them
    • brief description of your current and/or past public-facing work
  • Concise Resume (two pages maximum) highlighting your:

    • key academic credentials
    • religion expertise relevant to the proposed project
    • public-facing experience and skills

If nominated by the AAR, you will have approximately a few weeks to submit a more developed proposal to the Whiting Foundation. It is therefore recommended that during the interim between applying for nomination and learning of the committee’s decision you give ample thought to the substance of what you would include in your Whiting proposal, if nominated. 

For more information, contact Marion Pierre at

* For funding eligibility, early career faculty is defined as having been full-time humanities faculty for two or more academic years as of September 2019—untenured, pre-tenured, or having received tenure in the last five years (i.e., at or after the end of academic year 2013-14 and with respect to the first receipt of tenure, even if it occurred at a different institution.)