Course Development Grants

Course Development Grant Catalogue

The Course Development Grant Applications Period is now closed.

Our project seeks to encourage research and teaching on science and theology and / or religion. We have found getting students thinking about the relationship between theology and empirical research is a good way to introduce new students to the field, as well as a good way to get advanced students performing at the highest level.

For reference only:

Your new course

  • Develop a new or significantly rework an existing course to incorporate empirical research in some aspect of theology and / or religion.
  • We welcome proposals for any syllabus that engages theology and / or religion with empirical science.
  • We are especially drawn to the pairings of:
    • (1) Moral Theology & Evolutionary Biology,
    • (2) Spiritual Formation & Developmental Psychology, and
    • (3) Ecclesiology & Cognitive Science
  • (For applicants from universities) Courses could be open to any major or limited to theology and / or religion, and would typically be listed in one or more of your departments including: theology, religion, philosophy, liberal studies, interdisciplinary studies, or similar.

Selection criteria & eligibility

  • Courses (classes) could be for lower-division undergraduates, upper-division undergraduates, or for Master’s degrees.
  • Applications were also welcome from high school or senior schools teaching in the academic areas listed above.
  • We welcomed applicants from around the world and from all faiths.
  • Overall fit with project vision – see What is Science-Engaged Theology?
  • Clear choice of relevant scientific and theological subdisciplines/topics.
  • Course plan reflects innovative ideas within best pedagogical practice and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Because bias gets in the way of good science (and theology), we sought a diverse set of topics and participants. Therefore, we were especially eager to facilitate participation by women and courses that study women’s contributions to science and theology.
  • We were open to any scholars worldwide with a PhD who were at the time teaching in a high school; college; seminary; or university department of theology, divinity, or religious studies.