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Travel Bursaries

We will fund PhD students and junior scholars who will attend our conferences and publication seminars.

The Second Global Philosophy of Religion Conference: Death and Immortality [LINK]

University of Birmingham, UK

Wednesday 15–Friday 17 June 2022

As part of the Global Philosophy of Religion Project, we will award a limited number of travel bursaries to junior and midcareer researchers who wish to present their papers at the conference on a competitive basis.

The bursary will cover the following costs:

  • Return (round-trip) Airfare from the applicant’s nearest airport to a UK airport near Birmingham

  • Train fare from the arrival airport to the University to Birmingham and return to the airport

  • Accommodation at Edgbaston Park Hotel (or nearby hotel) at University of Birmingham during the conference (up to 4 nights), and

  • Registration and the main conference dinner at the Exchange on the second day of the conference.

Any other travel, subsistence or lodging costs are not eligible. If you are applying for a bursary, please do not book your travel and accommodation yet. We will book them for bursary winners via our university’s approved travel provider.

See our Guidance for Applicants below before starting your application.

Applicants are required to submit an application consisting of the following items. The application should be submitted as a single PDF file by XXX January 2021 (GMT)

  • A CV of the applicant,

  • An abstract of no more than 500 words for the proposed paper,

  • An extended abstract of 1,000–3,000 words for the proposed paper, and

  • The applicant’s travel plan specifying: (i) the departure airport (or the departure train station if you are travelling locally), (ii) the arrival airport (or the arrival train station if you are travelling locally), (iii) the dates of arrival and departure.

Please email your completed application to with the following subject heading: “Travel Bursary [YOUR NAME]”. We expect to notify recipients of the outcome by XX.

The above applies to the travel bursary competition. Applicants are also required to submit their abstracts (of no more than 500 words) to be considered for presentation at the conference via Google Forms [LINK] by XX.

Guidance for Applicants

The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • The applicant must be a PhD student or recent PhD (within the last 10 years) from an institution of higher education or a student or member at a comparable level from a traditional religious institution, such as a yeshiva, madrasa, or ashram.

  • The applicant’s paper must address a topic immediately relevant to the theme of the conference (Death and Immortality).

  • The applicant must intend to present a paper at the conference in person.

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

  • The quality of both the abstract and extended abstract;

  • The relevance of the applicant’s paper to the conference theme;

  • The applicant’s track record of publications, conference presentations, and other relevant research activities commensurate with career stage; and

  • Priority will be given to papers addressing religious traditions or geographical regions that are currently underrepresented in philosophy of religion.

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

Ineligible Costs

Please note this list is not exhaustive and costs that we deem ineligible will not be funded.  It is advisable to check before purchasing. 

  • Subsistence other than the main conference dinner at the Exchange

  • Social travel whilst in UK

  • Transport to & from airport in your home country

  • Extended stay at the hotel

  • Other non-associated conference costs


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