RFP: The Meaning of Love (2015-2016)
Biola University’s Center for Christian Thought (“the Center”) will grant multiple semester- and year-long residential research fellowships: roughly half of these will be awarded as external fellowships (for scholars from institutions other than Biola University), and the other half as internal fellowships (for Biola University faculty). Fellowship recipients will comprise an interdisciplinary group of approximately eight researchers per semester focused on the theme The Meaning of Love.
This $410,000 RFP will focus on questions concerning the origins, nature, and implications of love. Questions to be addressed include:
Proposal requests from non-Biola-affiliated scholars will be for up to $90,000 for projects lasting the full 2015-16 academic year and up to $45,000 for projects lasting one semester that academic year. For those relocating to the Biola area, additional support is available for housing and up to $3,000 per semester for relocation expenses. A post-doc fellowship may also be available pending qualified applicants and available funding. Proposal requests from Biola faculty will be for teaching-load reductions sufficient to reduce their teaching to approximately one half of their normal contracted teaching load. We anticipate hosting a total of eight fellows per semester (some of whom will stay for only a semester, others for the entire academic year), about half of which will be non-Biola scholars and the other half, Biola faculty. Fellows will be in residence at Biola University for either the fall term (August 28, 2015 to December 20, 2015) or the spring term (January 27, 2016, to May 24, 2016) or both.
The final team of fellows will comprise an interdisciplinary team of scholars from the sciences, humanities, and theology. Non-Biola fellows will have office space in the Center, a first-rate facility built around a large conference table and designed with collaboration in mind. All fellows will meet for weekly roundtable meetings to discuss and critique one another’s research. They will also participate in a year-end conference in which they present the results of their research, some of which will then be published in an edited volume. Each fellow will have the opportunity to collaborate with Center staff to communicate their research to both academic and non-academic audiences. There are no teaching or other requirements connected to the fellowships. During the course of the year, fellows will have the opportunity to interact with senior, visiting scholars at the Center’s roundtable meetings. This will be an opportunity for fellows to hear presentations on the RFP’s focal questions and receive feedback on their research. Visiting scholars will be in residence at the center for two-or three-day visits and will return to Biola in May for the end-of-year conference.
Visitors for the 2015-2016 year include:
(More visitors to be announced soon.)
Applicants are asked to submit the following by email to the Center’s Director, Gregg TenElshof, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: November 1, 2014.
Fellowship Eligibility and Benefits
To be eligible, applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent terminal degree, identify themselves as members of the Christian tradition, broadly construed, and be willing to relocate to Biola University for one or two semesters. Selection criteria include: fit of research proposal with focal theme and questions, coherence of the intended research plan, feasibility of the project in the specified timeframe, prior research accomplishments, and fit of research proposal with other fellowship applicants.
External Research Fellows will receive the above-mentioned stipends, office space, and access to the Center’s research assistants. A one-bedroom apartment near the Center will be provided for Fellows. If additional housing space is required, Center staff will work with Fellows to locate suitable housing. In that case, though, Fellows should budget for subsidizing the CCT housing allowance. Funds will also be available to offset relocation expenses. Internal research fellows will each receive a course reduction of their teaching load and access to the Center’s research assistants.
Research Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in private roundtable seminars with Visiting Scholars, all of them experts from their respective fields, on topics related to the theme. Research Fellows will also have the opportunity to share the fruit of their research with the public:
Awarded to scholars from other universities to relocate to Biola University and spend from a semester up to a year as scholars-in-residence at the Center. Awards range from $35,000–$45,000 per semester to $70,000–$90,000 per year, plus a $6,000 relocation/housing stipend per semester in residence.
Awarded to existing Biola University faculty, who will receive a course release to enable individual research and participation in the Center's activities.