Win Cash for an Essay on John Polkinghorne’s Work

issrThe International Society for Science & Religion is holding an essay contest for students and young academics (without tenure) in honor of Sir John Polkinghorne’s 80th birthday.
The essays (which can be no more than 10,000 words) should explore a topic related to one of the major themes of Polkinghorne’s work on the relationship between science and theology—like chaos theory, natural theology, or epistemology—and highlight what makes Polkinghorne’s work unique or relevant.
Essays will be judged by experts in science and religion, and the first-place winner will earn 10,000 pounds and the chance to present the essay at the God and Physics conference in July.
The submission deadline is March 31.


Social Scientific Study of Chinese Religions

chinaThe Chinese Spirituality and Society Program at Purdue University is offering 500,000 dollars in grants to researchers who want to study the role of religion in China. According to recent reports, religion is exploding in the once-atheist country (Field Notes, October 13, 2009), where there are now five state-approved faiths: Buddhism, Daoism, Islam, Catholicism, and Protestantism. As sociologist Fenggang Yang, who developed the new program, explains:

The transition toward a market economy, industrialization, urbanization, and globalization are leading to religious changes in China. On the other hand, the religious changes are having profound impacts on Chinese culture, economy, politics, and international relations. The goal is for the program to generate new findings about religion in China so people around the world can better understand how religion affects individuals, families, communities, businesses, and civil society in the country with the world’s largest population.

The program plans to award two or three large grants to research centers and about 10 smaller grants to individual projects. The first application deadline is December 15.


Get Started on Your Application

templeton-cambridgeBeginning today, the Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowships in Science & Religion is accepting online applications for its 2010 summer program.
In June and July, up to 12 journalists will gather at the University of Cambridge for seminars and discussions led by some of the world’s most prominent scholars, scientists, and theologians. Fellows will also study a specific area of interest independently. The program is “looking for those journalists who show promise of making a significant contribution to the public’s understanding of the complex issues of science and religion,” according to its Web site.
Print, broadcast, and online writers and editors with at least three years of experience and an interest in science and religion are invited to apply. The deadline is December 15.


Science Cartoon Contest

Test your creativity in the Florida Citizens for Science‘s “Stick Science Contest.” The challenge is to draw a cartoon or comic strip that educates the public about a misconception the average person has about science or—if you’re under 12—to create a cartoon about “why understanding science is important.” Here’s what’s neat: All entries must be drawn using stick figures.
A panel of judges will pick the winners and award some great prizes. The deadline is May 31.

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