Recognizing that the start of the academic year can be a challenging time to martial major grant applications, the CCCU subsidiary in Oxford, SCIO, has extended the deadline for its funded project, Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities.  Deadline extended to 10 October, 2017.

This project, taking place over the next two years may benefit you, your faculty and students, and your broader campus!  SCIO has received two grants from Templeton Religion Trust and the Blankemeyer Foundation totalling ca. $2 million to enable a second round of our Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities programme.  This programme combines opportunities for faculty, students, campus executives, and the broader campus community:

Participating faculty spend two summer months in Oxford (July 2018 and 2019) working on science and religion with world-leading scholars offering lectures and guidance in the field; those involved last round included: Alister McGrath, David Livingstone, Elaine Ecklund, John Hedley Brooke, Lydia Jaeger, Rene van Woudenberg, Philip Clayton and Jeff Schloss to name just a few.

  • July 2018 and July 2019 spent in Oxford in seminars with all room and board provided (a housing benefit of ca. $2,600** per summer plus full board for the month; participants with families can arrange their own housing applying those funds rather than stay in the accommodation provided at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford);
  • Stipend of ca. $2,275 paid each summer;
  • Release from two courses for research during the period; one of which is paid for by $2,600 from grant and the second matched by the sending institution.

In addition, there are direct benefits for students:

  • A budget of $3,900 over two years to fund student research assistantships on campus;
  • A budget of $3,900 over two years to fund a science and religion club on campus;
  • A $2,600 offset to support the student research assistant to study a science and religion-related topic at SCIO for SSO or OSP.

And for the campus community and senior administrators:

  • Opportunity to host a touring play, Mr Darwin’s Tree, by an award winning playwright with all major costs provided;
  • 3-day Roundtable in Oxford for presidents in 2019 with all on site costs of room and board covered by the grant;
  • 3-day Colloquium in N. America in 2019 for the participating faculty member along with other senior leaders including, the chief academic officer, chief ministry officer, chief development officer, or the chief student development officer with all on site costs of room and board covered by the grant (held in conjunction with the CCCU’s annual CAO meeting so as to reduce your institution’s travel costs).

This project will be suitable for faculty based in the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences and aid those developing their work in science and religion.  Academic fields can be quite diverse.

You are in key positions to know faculty whom you think would benefit—and perhaps including yourself—by participating in this programme and I’d very much appreciate your passing this along to them.  It is designed to help faculty, students and the whole campus deepen and/or extend its integration of science and the humanities in general and more specifically, enhance its engagement of science and religion concerns.

For more information and to receive an application please consult the SCIO website.

A press release with general information is also available on the CCCU website.

Application deadline extended to 10 October, 2017.

Thanks for your assistance in spreading this information.

Alister McGrath

Michael Burdett

Stan Rosenberg