Call for Fellowship Applications: 2014-2015 Religion and the Liberal Order

Call for Fellowship Applications: 2014-2015 Religion and the Liberal Order

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Call for Fellowship Applications: 2014-2015
Religion and the Liberal Order

Call for Proposals
The Transatlantic Academy is seeking candidates to serve as resident Fellows from September 2014-June 2015 to examine the research theme, Religion and the Liberal Order. A joint project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, and the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, the Transatlantic Academy is located at the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington DC. Each year, the Academy brings together scholars from Europe and North America to work on a single set of issues facing the transatlantic community. The Academy is an interdisciplinary institution which is open to all social science disciplines, the humanities and the natural sciences. For more information on the Academy please visit our website at

Over the past two years, the Academy brought together multidisciplinary groups of scholars to consider the big questions raised by the challenges to the western liberal order. Academy Fellows have examined the state of democracy in the transatlantic area and the future of the liberal international order which was built up and shaped by the United States and its transatlantic partners. In its 2014-15 fellowship year the Academy will examine issues related to the role of religion in shaping the liberal order both at home and abroad. Religion is an increasingly influential force both in domestic and international politics but has been relatively neglected and underestimated by both academia and the policy world. Scholarly expertise remains scattered among a variety of disciplines and is rarely linked to policy-makers and practitioners, or to media that inform discussion and debate in the public square. The Academy invites proposals from academics which deepen interdisciplinary understanding of the role of religion in global affairs and will link this knowledge to a range of policy issues, communities, and wider publics through interaction with shorter term practitioner fellows as well as through a series of workshops both in Washington, Berlin and other venues.

Research Themes
The Transatlantic Academy Fellows will spend the year both conducting their own individual research and in developing a collaborative research project which will result in a policy paper. The Academy invites proposals for research on one or more of the following questions:
• The role of religion in politics and the implications for liberal values: this will include an examination of the implications of the rise of the Christian right in the U.S., in contrast to secular Europe, and the role of Islamist political parties in the Arab Spring. What are the policy implications of the revival of religion for liberal values and political practice? Can there be a transatlantic dialogue on the policy relevance of religion?
• The role of religion in foreign policy: civil society groups and governments in the West try to export western values of religious freedoms around the world, from the Middle East and North Africa to Southeast Asia. What role does religion play in western foreign policy, as well as in the foreign policies of other countries around the world?
• Migration and religion in the West: how are migration patterns affecting the religious makeup of North American and European societies, and what are the social, cultural, and political implications? How have European states in particular been coping with an ever growing diversity of religions in their societies?
• Religion and the media: how is religion represented in the western media and what role do religious broadcasters play in certain parts of the world, such as the Middle East following the Arab Spring?
• Global Islam and its implications for the liberal order: is there an Islamist vision for the international system and what are the implications for the international liberal order?
• Are there significant differences between the three monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and others such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and others as they relate to foreign and domestic policy?
• What are the status of women and minorities (believers in other religions, as well as ethnic and sexual minorities) in world religions? Are they compatible with universally recognized human rights?
• Can religions achieve "an overlapping consensus" in the phrase of John Rawls, on certain
areas such as war and peace, human rights and international trade?

A minimum of four senior and two postdoctoral scholars, three from Europe and three from North America, will work in a collaborative environment from September 15, 2014-June 12, 2015. Applicants for senior fellowships must have a PhD and professional experience equivalent to that of an Associate Professor. Applicants who combine academic excellence with practical field or policy experience will have an advantage. Fellows will be expected to present their own research and to react to the work of their colleagues on a regular basis while at the Academy. They will also be expected to discuss their research with policy makers, non-governmental organizations and other policy oriented institutions, both in the United States and Europe. In addition to a generous monthly stipend, Fellows will receive travel expenses to and from the Academy and a research allowance.

Applicants for Postdoctoral Fellowships must have completed their PhD within the last five years. The Academy offers two Postdoctoral Fellowships, a Joachim Herz Fellowship and a Volkswagen Stiftung Fellowship.

The Joachim Herz Fellowship is reserved for promising young scholars in the fields of law, business administration, economics, medicine or the natural sciences. Applications for this fellowship should be made directly to the Transatlantic Academy.
The Volkswagen Stiftung Fellowship is reserved for promising young scholars based at German institutions working in a specific field of the humanities. Applications for this fellowship must be made directly to the Volkswagen Stiftung ( More information on this application process can be found here.

How to Apply
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in September 2013 with offers made no later than October 2013. Applications for senior fellowships and Joachim Herz Fellowships can be downloaded from the Academy’s website:

Applicants for Volkswagen Stiftung Fellowships must be made via the Volkswagen Stiftung.

For more information and an application please contact Jessica Hirsch, Program Assistant, or 202-683-2644

Dr. Stephen Szabo, Executive Director
The Transatlantic Academy
The German Marshall Fund of the United States
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