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Travel Bursaries

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

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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 one of the two airports in Tokyo (Narita / Haneda)

  • Train/bus fare from the arrival airport to Waseda University and return to the airport

  • Accommodation at Rihga Royal Hotel Tokyo during the conference (up to 4 nights)

If you are applying for a bursary, please do not book your travel and accommodation yet.

Please also note that due to COVID-related restrictions we do not plan to arrange any catering at the conference venue. (There are many cafes and restaurants around the Waseda campus.) It is also expected that delegates are required to wear a face mask during the conference.

Applicants are required to submit an application consisting of the following items. The application should be submitted as a single PDF file by the 15th November 2022.

  • 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

  • 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)

Download application form

Please email your completed application to with the following subject heading: “Travel Bursary [YOUR NAME]”. We expect to notify all applicants by the 15th  December 2022. 

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 (the Problem of Evil and Suffering).

  • 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

  • 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, anthropological 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

  • Social travel whilst in Japan

  • Transport to & from airport in your home country

  • Extended stay at the hotel

  • Other non-associated conference costs

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