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Small Project Grants

We offer grants to support projects addressing our themes from global perspectives.

As part of the Global Philosophy of Religion Project, we will fund 5–20 grants (totalling £400,000) to projects that address from global perspectives at least one of our three project themes. We expect that most projects will request between £20,000 and £80,000 each.

We hope to allocate approximately £100,000 to each of the following categories:

  • Projects addressing Hinduism

  • Projects addressing Islam

  • Projects addressing Judaism

  • Projects addressing other religious traditions in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East

Priority will be given to projects that are led or co-led by researchers from underrepresented religious traditions or underrepresented countries and the grants can be used to organize online conferences, workshops, public lectures, or training seminars. They can also be used to produce publications, including research monographs, textbooks, edited collections, journal papers, popular articles, podcasts, and videos.

Applicants are required to submit the following items written in English as a single PDF file  by the 30th April 2021 (GMT):

  • Completed application form

  • 2-page CV for each applicant and team member 

  • Signed letter of support from the host institution

See our Guidance for Applicants below before starting your application.

Please email your completed applications to with the following subject heading: “Small Project Grant [YOUR NAME]”.

Guidance for Applicants


The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • The proposed project involves—either as project members or participants in project activities or outputs—researchers representing religious traditions or geographical regions that are currently underrepresented in Anglo-American philosophy of religion.

  • The proposed project addresses one or more of the three themes of the Global Philosophy of Religion Project: (i) the existence and nature of deities, (ii) death and immortality, (iii) evil and suffering in the world.

  • The proposed project will end by the 15th December 2022, and completed project outputs (completed manuscripts for prospective publications) will be submitted by then, without delay.

  • The project is to be hosted at an institution of higher education or religious institution or organization that can demonstrate prior experience administering research grants.

The selection committee will assess each application according to the following selection criteria:

  • The quality of the proposal

  • The relevance of the proposed project to one of the abovementioned project themes

  • The applicant’s track record of publication and other relevant research activities commensurate with career stage

  • The expected impact the proposed project will make on the globalization of the philosophy of religion

The Global Philosophy of Religion Project aims to make progress on central issues in the philosophy of religion by incorporating multi-religious perspectives. Therefore, proposals of projects that are primarily historical or exegetical, or whose focus is on promoting mere tolerance across religions, will not be funded.

Allowable Expenditure

Project grants will be administered by the University of Birmingham. Permitted uses of funding include:

  • Research expenses, such as research participant compensation or incentives, transcription costs, translation costs, survey costs, open-access fees, and participant recruitment expenses  

  • Salary costs and/or teaching buyout 

  • Modest allowance for justifiable equipment, publication charges, software and other supplies (Funding cannot be used to purchase IT equipment such as a computer, camera and microphone.)

  • Funding cannot support any institutional overheads or indirect costs.  

Important: Given current global and local travel restrictions in many countries, we will prioritise grants that do not have any travel or accommodation component. We welcome grant applications that involve online events and activities, which may include incentives to contribute via digital platforms.

The outcome of applications will be notified by the 30th of June 2021.
If you have any questions about the application process contact our Project Manager, Kally Bhartti (

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