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2011 Seminars

Congregations and Social Change:
Adaptation and the Innovation among Religious Communities

Directed by Dr. Gerardo Marti
June 27 -July 22, 2011

No Longer Accepting Applications.

Applicant Information

Who May Apply
This research seminar is most intended for current and recent doctoral students in fields related to religious and organizational studies (sociology, anthropology, history, ethnic studies, folklore, and others). While the seminar is designed toward social science-oriented scholars holding, or advanced to candidacy for, the terminal degree in their field (typically the PhD), I eagerly welcome humanities-oriented scholars as well theologically-oriented participants from seminaries and divinity schools. To the extent possible, I will select a group diverse in gender, ethnic, confessional, and disciplinary backgrounds, and with a variety of research sites (i.e., the confessional and/or social identities of the communities they plan to study). I also plan to choose among applicants a mix of participants ranging from doctoral candidates through recent doctorates in tenure-track positions and scholars working on their first or second books to mid-career scholars retooling with defined projects.

How to Apply
To apply, an applicant must submit the application form. In addition to general applicant information, the application form will require:

  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • 1-2 paragraph Statement of Purpose: How this seminar integrates and accelerates their scholarship
  • 1-2 page Statement of Proposed Research Project: Research that will be developed during the seminar.
  • 2 letters of Recommendation

A letter of recommendation should be sent from the recommender directly to the Seminars office at and must include the applicant's name and "Congregations and Social Change" in the subject line.

You will receive an email confirmation within 10 days of submitting your complete application. If you do not hear from us, please call us to determine whether your complete application has been received.

The application deadline is January 14, 2011. Participants will be selected after the application deadline. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered. Applicants will be notified of their status by March 1, 2011.

The application process is closed.

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