Shohet Scholars Program, International Catacomb Society

Shohet Scholars Program

International Catacomb Society

Application deadline: 15th January 2017

Estelle Shohet Brettman founded the International Catacomb Society (ICS) in 1980. Her approach was ecumenical, and her intent was to promote the preservation, restoration, and documentation of the catacombs in Rome and elsewhere that contain paintings, epigraphy, and artifacts depicting the cultures and customs of early religions under the Roman Empire. The Shohet Scholars Program, established by the ICS in 2001, is an effort to further Mrs. Brettman’s aims.

The ICS desires to support scholars of demonstrated promise and ability who are judged capable of producing significant, original research that is consistent with the above goal. Shohet Scholars may do their research in the fields of archeology, art history, classical studies, history, comparative religions, or related subjects. The work need not focus explicitly on the Roman catacombs, but it should be within the sphere of the Mediterranean world from the late Hellenistic Period to the end of the Roman Empire. Of special interest are interdisciplinary projects that approach traditional topics from new perspectives.

One or more Shohet Scholars will be selected each year and supported for a period of one year. The primary intent of the grant is to support significant, innovative research that can be completed and reported upon within the award period. Grants may be made to seed innovative approaches and new ideas or to cover specific expenses or phases of a larger project under the direction of the applicant. At this time, awards in the range of $2,000 to $30,000 will be made. The Shohet Scholars Program reserves the right not to make a grant in a year in which there are no applications meeting the requirements of the program.

Obligations of Shohet Scholars

Two items are due after the end of the award period: a final report of expenditures after three months and a written article on the funded project suitable for publication by the ICS on its website within one year.


Scholars of all institutional affiliations and independent scholars may apply for Shohet Scholar funding if they are current individual or institutional members of the ICS at the time of the application submission deadline and in possession of a doctoral degree or the equivalent. Preference will be given to applicants in the early postdoctoral or launching stage of their careers (i.e., persons awarded the doctorate within six years prior to the application deadline). Non-U.S. citizens may apply if a co-applicant is a legal resident or native or naturalized citizen of the U.S.A., meets all eligibility requirements, and has a genuinely collaborative leadership role in the proposal. Co-applicants must submit as individuals all the necessary forms except for the research proposal, list of permissions, and budget proposal, which may be filed jointly. Employees, contractors, and members of the Board of Directors or Advisory Board of the ICS and their families are ineligible. No applicant will be denied consideration or selection because of race, religion, or ethnic origin. Any fraudulent misrepresentation of self and information about a proposal will result in a disqualification.

Deadlines and Decisions

The application deadline for the 2017-2018 academic year is January 15, 2017. The award announcement for the 2017-2018 academic year will be made by May 1, 2017, for funding to be disbursed on July 1, 2017.

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Questions ?

If you have any questions about the suitability of proposed projects, application procedures, or any other matters related to the Shohet Scholars Program, please consult our FAQ page or contact us at


Assistant Professor, Princeton Theological Seminary

Assistant Professor in Early Christian Studies

Princeton Theological Seminary

Application deadline: 1st October 2016

Princeton Theological Seminary invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Early Christian Studies. The research and publication specialization is open, but candidates must be outstanding scholars whose work in early Christianity’s theological, cultural and social aspects prepares them to teach an introductory survey course on early and medieval church history, the traditional history of doctrine, and varieties of early Christianity outside the Roman Empire. Review of applications begins October 1, 2016. Appointment begins July 1, 2017.

The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of a tenure-track Assistant Professor and must be qualified to guide interdisciplinary research, supervise Ph.D. students, and serve as faculty in the Seminary’s Department of History and Ecumenics. As Princeton Theological Seminary is related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), faculty members are expected to work constructively within an ecumenical ethos informed by the Reformed Tradition. Women and candidates from underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.

A letter of interest, curriculum vitae and three letters of reference should be uploaded to the online application site.

Those wishing to nominate others for this position are invited to contact James F. Kay, Dean of Academic Affairs, Princeton Theological Seminary, P.O. Box 821, Princeton, NJ 08542-0803, or electronically at

Fellowships, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Fellowships 2017-2018

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Application deadline: 30th September 2016

The Käte Hamburger Kolleg Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe invites applications for

Research Fellowships for periods of 3 to 6 months during the academic year October 2017 – September 2018.

The KHK invites applications from scholars who are working on case studies of religious encounters with a focus on a particular geographical region, a particular period of time and a particular constellation of encounters between two or more religions. Each case study will map the occasions as well as the historical and social contexts of such encounters. Most importantly, the proposals will have to address the issues (e.g. doctrine, practice, cosmology, etc.) relevant to the respective contact situations.

Case studies concerning any period, religion or area within Eurasia are welcome. However, in the following you find a list of periods and areas that are of particular interest for us:


  • Religious contacts in the Late Antique Roman Empire;
  • Religious contacts in Late Antique Iran: Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism and Christianity;
  • Religious contacts in the Byzantine empire in Antiquity and the Middle Ages (particularly with regard to the Balkan region and the Christianisation of Eastern Europe);
  • Religious contacts in Island Mediterranean: Cyprus, Crete, Rhodes.


  • Religious contacts during the Early Middle Ages in Europe: The rise of early medieval Christian mission;
  • Religious contacts during rise of the Cathars and Bogomils: Cathar/Bogomil-Christian-Jewish;
  • Religious contacts in medieval Sicily;
  • Religious contacts between Latin West and Mongol Empire;
  • Religious contacts in early Islamic history (7th-9th century CE);
  • Religious contacts with/within medieval Islamic Empires;
  • Religious contacts during the Crusades and in the Latin East;
  • Religious contacts in the medieval Baltic;
  • Religious contacts in/within the Mongol Empire (including Nestorian and western Christians; indigenous Mongol religions as well as Islam and Buddhism);
  • Religious contact in Western Central Asia in Medieval times and with regards to Islam (e.g. its contact with Buddhism, Nestorianism or Manichaeism);
  • Religious contacts in South Asia in the Middle Ages;
  • Religious contact in the Caucasus, especially Georgia;
  • Religious contacts in Southeast Asia in the phase of “Indianisation”;
  • Religious contacts in medieval and Early Modern Iran.


  • Religious contacts in Italian city states;
  • Religious relations in the Ottoman Empire;
  • Religious contacts between the Ottoman Empire and the Latin West;
  • Religious contacts in the Baltic region in Early Modern times, specifically from the secularization of the State of the Teutonic Order 1525 to the third partition of Poland 1795;
  • Religious contacts in and of the Lutheran Swedish Empire (1617-1726) with special regard to the ‘Conventicle Edict’ of 1726;
  • Religious contact in the multi-religious Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (1569-1795);
  • Religious contacts in Portuguese Seaborne Empire;
  • Religious contacts in Dutch Seaborne Empire;
  • Religious contacts in Island Southeast Asia in the phase of Islamization;
  • Religious contacts in South Asia in pre-Modern and/or Modern times (particularly with regards to Hinduism and/or Jainism and Islam; Sikhs);
  • Religious contact in Northern Central Asia (particularly in Early Modern and contemporary times and with regards to Shamanism);
  • Religious contact in Western Central Asia in Early Modern and contemporary times and with regards to Islam.


  • Religious contacts during the Napoleonic Empire;
  • Religious contacts in Southeast Asia in the colonial period;
  • Religious contacts in modern Israel;
  • Religious contact in the Russian federation in post-Soviet times.


  • time and space for research in a high-quality interdisciplinary environment;
  • up to EURO 5,800 per month fellowship as a grant or as a salary for fellows, as a substitute at their home institution;
  • an excellent infrastructure (location near Bochum Campus in Germany, libraries, inter-library loan etc.);
  • travel expenses related to research activities (subject to approval);
  • means for organizing conferences or workshops on religious contacts (subject to approval).


  • the publication of results from your case study in the form of one or more articles as a contribution to a newly developed KHK Online Companion to Eurasian Religions in Contact;
  • the willingness to make use, in your case study, of theoretical concepts developed at the KHK over the past years, including specific critical evaluations of of e.g. “purity”, “secret”, “tradition”, “media”, “the senses”, “the immanence/transcendence-distinction” and “dynamics/stability”;
  • your residence and continuous presence in Bochum during your fellowship;
  • your committed participation to the activities of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg.


  • Applicants must at least hold a Ph.D.


Find more information here.


Ruhr-Universität Bochum is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women and members of minorities to apply. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a current CV, including a list of publications, and an exposé of the intended research (approximately 3-5 pages). Application materials should be submitted by e-mail only as a single pdf-file. Please send your application before September 30, 2016 to

University Assistant (post doc), Universität Wien

University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of the Study of Religions (6818)

Universität Wien

Application deadline: 10th August 2016

The University of Vienna (15 faculties, 4 centres, about 188 fields of study, approx. 9.700 members of staff, more than 92.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.02.2017 of a

University Assistant (post doc)at the Department of the Study of Religions.

The Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a 6-year postdoctoral position at the level of university assistant. We seek a scholar who conducts research of high-level international standing in the area of theories of religion paired with an expertise in one or more religions, preferably Graeco-Roman Religions and Christian Origins. Holding a Ph.D. in Religious Studies by the start of the appointment, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute more generally to the Department’s teaching programme (according to the collective bargaining agreement), especially its M.A. curriculum, while sharing in the Department’s and Faculty’s intellectual life. S/he will need to demonstrate an outstanding and sustained international track record of research achievement and mobility commensurate with the level of experience that can reasonably be expected for this position. The candidate will need to bring along a broad teaching portfolio, including the proven ability to teach courses on comparative religion and theories of religion.

Your application should include the following documents:

  • Motivation Letter
  • Academic CV including list of publications
  • Draft of habilitation project
  • Three Reference letters

Duration of employment: 6 year/s

Duration of employment: 0 month/s

Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week

Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:

Participation in research, teaching (according to the collective bargaining agreement), and administration – Contribution to research projects / scientific studies – Contribution to publications / scientific articles – Contribution to organization of conferences, meetings, symposiums – Project application and (external) fundraising – Examination activities – Support of students – Participation in evaluation activities and in quality assurance – Participation in administration of the Department.


1) Application Prerequisites

  • Ph.D. in Religious Studies
  • Professional competence in the field of Theories of Religion as well as expertise in one or more religions (preference is given to Graeco-Roman Religions and Christian Origins)
  • Experience in teaching and ability to teach on comparative religion and theories of religions
  • Experience in e-learning
  • Excellent command of written and oral language in English
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Knowledge of university structures and processes
  • Computer literacy

2) Application Assessment Criteria

  • The selection will be based on an assessment of the applicant’s scholarly potential as seen through his/her international mobility experience, publications, lectures, and teaching.
  • Excellent English language command (both written and oral)

For more information and to apply, click here.