New Directions in the Study of Prayer
October 21, 2011 — 21:53

Author: Matthew Mullins  Category: News  Tags: ,   Comments: Off

Social Science Research Council (SSRC) has a new project and grants program, New Directions in the Study of Prayer. Supported with funding from the John Templeton Foundation and led by a multi-disciplinary advisory committee, to be chaired by Columbia University’s Courtney Bender, the program will make grants to both researchers and journalists.
Grant awards will range from $50,000 to $200,000 in the case of researchers and up to $50,000 in the case of journalists. Letters of inquiry for both fields of competition are due by December 1, 2011. Further information is available on the SSRC’s website:
A central religious practice among much of the world’s population, prayer has been a part of every known culture and is manifest in some form in every known religion. And yet scholarly research on prayer is lacking and often not concentrated in any given field or discipline. With this in mind, New Directions in the Study of Prayer will support research that adopts innovative approaches to the study of prayer and will seek to foster an interdisciplinary network of researchers dedicated to this topic.
The SSRC invites proposals from scholars in all disciplines for studies that will enhance knowledge of the social, cultural, psychological, and cognitive dimensions of prayer, and of its origins, variations, and correlations in human life, as well as from journalists interested in pursuing projects on these themes. Those researchers or journalists interested in submitting proposals are encouraged to consult the detailed Requests for Proposals posted on our website.
New Directions in the Study of Prayer is a project established in conjunction with the SSRC’s work on religion and the public sphere. For more details on the SSRC’s work on religion, please visit:
If you have any questions regarding the new grants program or the SSRC’s broader work, please do not hesitate to contact us at