Center of Theological Inquiry Fellowships

Center of Theological Inquiry with Support from the NASA Astrobiology Program & John Templeton Foundation

Job Type: Fellowship

Application Deadline: January 15, 2016

Fellowships for 2016-17: Searching for Life, an Inquiry on the Societal Implications of Astrobiology

Societal understanding of life on earth has always developed in dialogue with scientific investigations of its origin and evolution. Today, the new science of astrobiology extends these investigations to include the possibility of life in the universe. As astrobiology develops and its discoveries become more widely known, scholars in the humanities and social sciences will have new opportunities to bring their explorations of humanity and society into dialogue with scientific study of the conditions that make life possible. This Inquiry offers one such opportunity. Searching for Life is for scholars who are open to this  new  angle  of  vision on perennial  questions.

The Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI) is an independent research institution with an interdisciplinary program. Each year the Center convenes a research team of resident scholars whose individual projects contribute to a larger inquiry on a global concern.

Applications for 2016-17 are invited from scholars in the humanities and social sciences as well as theology whose work will add to the core conversations with scientists during the Inquiry. Successful applicants will be awarded fellowships of up to $70,000 and provided with offices, subsidized housing, and library access to enable them to work full-time as members of the resident research team at the Center in Princeton, NJ, from September 2016 to May 2017, pursuing their research on the inquiry topic, participating in a weekly colloquium on work in progress, and a symposium series on astrobiology and its societal implications.

More information about the Inquiry as well as the online application can be found on the Center’s website at Questions should be emailed to the Application Manager at

CTI gratefully acknowledges support for this Inquiry from NASA & John Templeton Foundation.

Posted: September 23, 2015