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


Kingdon Fellowships, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Kingdon Fellowships

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Application deadline: 1st November 2016

Robert M. Kingdon, a distinguished historian of early modern Europe, generously donated funds for two to three Kingdon Fellowships to scholars outside UW-Madison who are engaged in historical, literary, and philosophical studies of Judeo-Christian religious traditions and their role in society from antiquity to the present, broadly understood. Projects may focus on any period from antiquity to the present, on any part of the world, and in any field(s) in the humanities; can range widely or focus on a particular issue; and can explore various forms of Jewish and/or Christian traditions; the interaction of one or both of these religious traditions with other religious traditions; and/or the relationship of one or both of these religious traditions to other aspects of society such as power, politics, culture, experience, creativity, nationality, cosmopolitanism, gender, and sexuality. Projects that incorporate consideration of religion’s interaction with society are especially welcome.

Fellows must be in residence throughout the academic year (except for short research trips) and may extend their residency through the following summer on a non-stipendary basis. Fellows are expected to present their work at an Institute seminar and participate in the weekly seminars. Applicants must be in possession of the doctorate at the time of application. For the 2017-2018 fellowship year, the award provides a stipend of $55,000, office space, support services, and access to all university facilities.

Applications are due November 1. Notification of awards will be in mid to late March.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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.

Ph.D. researcher, KU Leuven

Ph.D. researcher (Ref. BAP-2016-281)

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Application deadline: 16th June 2016


This contract is intended to offer the opportunity of beginning doctoral research to a promising researcher while s/he prepares an application for a scholarship with FWO and/or the promoter submits a project application with the FWO or the Research Council. The doctoral research is expected to culminate in a doctorate in Theology. You will be expected to commit yourself to research in order to produce a doctoral dissertation. Together with the promoter/research group concerned, you will be expected to make every possible effort to secure external financing as of the second year of your programme. You may be assigned limited educational or administrative responsibilities at the faculty, within the same limits as those that apply for FWO- fellowship holders, so long as these do not interfere with the preparation of the doctoral project.


You have obtained the Master (of Arts) of Theology and Religious Studies degree at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, or an M.A. degree from an EU-member state university and/or you have obtained the Master (of Arts) of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion degree or Research Master: Master of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven, or you will obtain the degree in July or September 2016 with outstanding study results. You must be eligible for admission to the Doctoral Programme in Theology.


We offer an employment as full-time Ph.D. researcher starting 2016, October 1st for 1 year.


If available, applicants for this position should upload a description of the proposed doctoral project signed by the promoter together with their online application. The standard form ‘Description of the doctoral project’ may be found here.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Lecturer, University of Birmingham

Lecturer in the History of Race and Empire – 54919

University of Birmingham

Application deadline: 27th May 2016

Job Purpose

We are looking for a historian to help consolidate our expertise in the history of empire, race and ethnography. The chronological and geographic parameters of the position are broadly conceived, and can include any time period or part of the world, though we would be especially interested in applicants whose work would mesh with our existing strengths in late modern imperialism, earlier Asian empires or European maritime expansion (research interests of staff are available on the History Department website).

In all events, candidates’ research should be well situated within the context of global history, and should ideally complement our strengths in two or more of the following key research areas for the School (imperialism being one of them): transnationalism and diasporas; war, conflict and cooperation; history of religions, beliefs and ideas; everyday life and popular culture; environment; political cultures.

Person Specification

  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications
  • Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/ research
  • Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels


  • Excellent publications record demonstrated by a sustained series of existing and forthcoming publications at a high scholarly level (including clear promise of a strong submission for any future research audit).
  • Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and project managing research to deliver high quality results
  • Extensive experience of applying and/or developing and devising successful models, techniques and methods
  • Experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity


  • Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching, and advising colleagues
  • Experience and success in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability

Management Administration

  • Ability to contribute to School/Departmental management processes
  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes

For more details, to apply, or for informal enquiries, click here.

Training – 2017 Winter Program: Greek Palaeography and Codicology‏

2017 Winter Program: Greek Palaeography and Codicology‏

American Academy in Rome

9th-20th January  2017

Application deadline: 15th May 2016

With the kind collaboration of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Library, BAV), from 9 to 20 January 2017, the American Academy in Rome will offer its second winter course in Greek Paleography and Codicology. The two curators of Greek manuscripts at the BAV, Dr Timothy Janz and Dr András Németh, together with Prof. Niels Gaul of the University of Edinburgh, will teach the course and supervise manuscript research. The two-week course will introduce participants to various aspects of manuscript studies and offer an interactive dialogue between theory and practice.

In collaboration with the Vatican Library

Reading classes in small groups will familiarize the participants with different forms of Greek script through sight-reading practice. A special feature of this course will be the extensive library visits at the Vatican Library, which will enable each student to improve individual research skills according to given criteria, with the aid of the tutors. Seminars on the history of Greek script and on codicology will address theoretical and practical aspects of the study of Greek manuscripts, while discussion sessions will offer a chance to share research experience within the group and to discuss various problems of theory and practice based on experience at the Library.

Several evening lectures by specialists will complete the course, including Msgr. Paul Canart of the Vatican Library.

Applications from graduate and postgraduate students of Classics, History, Theology/Religious Studies, and Byzantine Studies are welcome. Students from Italian and European institutions are most welcome. The course will be taught in English. Prior knowledge of Greek is essential. Applications should include a CV, a letter of intent specifying Greek language experience, research topic, and explaining the applicant’s need for training in paleography and codicology.


Tuition: 500 euro

Housing: Housing is available at the American Academy for those who require it:

Shared room with shared bathroom: 450–550 euro for two weeks

Single room with shared bathroom: 770 euro for two weeks

Room availability cannot be guaranteed and applicants should indicate their need for housing in their application.

Meals: Meals can be purchased at the Academy for 15 euro for lunch, and 27 euro for dinner. Meals are not included in the costs of the program.

Please send application materials to