The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (AAAS | DoSER) are seeking Letters of Interest (LOI) from ATS member seminaries interested in expanding the role that science plays in theological education. The deadline for the first round of LOIs has passed. We expect to issue another call for LOIs in September 2018. 

Overview

Science for Seminaries: Integrating Science into Core Theological Education Phase II” is an initiative designed to promote positive and respectful dialogue between scientists and religious communities by supporting science appreciation among future religious leaders. ATS and AAAS | DoSER would offer grants to a select group of seminaries to support them in their efforts to integrate science into at least two core courses and produce at least one campus-wide science-themed event. This effort would encourage interest within seminaries about the relevance of science to theological education and produce a growing number of pastors equipped to help their congregants find answers to science-related questions. The project’s ultimate goal is to create an atmosphere in places of worship in which science is relevant, complementary, and important to religious worldviews and ultimately promote the appreciation for science in the broader society. For project proposal ideas and information on the Science for Seminaries pilot project, please visit the resource page.

LOI Submission Invitation

Each year, a maximum of 8 schools will be awarded 18-month grants in the amount $75,000. After careful evaluation of the LOIs by an advisory committee along with ATS and AAAS,  up to 15 institutions will be invited to submit full proposals.

Selection Criteria*

  • ATS accreditation
  • Demonstrated institutional commitment to cultural engagement
  • Institutional capacity to implement the grant Interest in curriculum analysis or revision
  • Commitment to sustainability beyond the length of the project
  • At least two faculty members teaching core courses who are committed to achieving the project’s goals and participating in AAAS-led activities
  • Commitment to supporting a campus-wide event during the course of the project

*Please note that this project does not fund work that is primarily focused on bioethics or environmental issues.

Dates to Remember

10 January, 2017 First-round LOIs due
24 January, 2018 First round Call for Proposals notification
14 March, 2018 First round proposal due date
20 April, 2018 Anticipated date for first-round awardee notification (Project begins from this date for 18 months)
September 2018 Second round of Call for LOIs Opens

Instructions

Letters of Interest should be at least one but no more than two pages and must briefly address each of the above criteria. They must also include a brief biography of and contact information for the proposed Project Leader(s). Budget information is not needed at this stage. Please submit letters and questions by email to doser@aaas.org with “Letter of Interest” as the subject heading.

In furtherance of the AAAS mission of advancing science in service to society, AAAS|DoSER’s role in the Science for Seminaries project is to support efforts to integrate science into seminary education. AAAS|DoSER does not advise on or endorse the theological content of the participating seminaries.