Faculty Grants

The Center offers a limited number of grants to Harvard University faculty to support research, publication, and conversation related to the study of religions and theology in a pluralistic environment and related cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, and interreligious issues.

Successful applications reflect the values inscribed in the Center’s Mission Statement:

  • to promote the study of the world's religions in their classical and historical forms, drawing on traditional and contemporary disciplines of learning;
  • to promote understanding of the complex roles that religions play in today’s cultures, economies, and political structures;
  • to foster community of life and intellectual exchange among the faculty, students, and staff of the Divinity School, particularly through the unique resource that is the Center's residential community;
  • to facilitate the interaction of the Divinity School's faculty and students with colleagues around the university, as well as institutional collaboration with other schools and centers;
  • and to convene conversations among scholars and practitioners across the global network that is the Center's heritage and future.


  • Deadline for submission is April 1.
  • All funding must be spent between July 1 and June 15 of the fiscal year in which the grant is received. Excess funds may not be applied to purposes other than the purpose stated in the proposal nor used after the expiration of the grant period.
  • Particular interest is afforded to proposals coming from junior faculty.
  • No one is eligible to receive a grant within two years of a previous award.
  • Joint proposals are welcomed, including research projects involving graduate students as junior collaborators.
  • Preference will be given to proposals that feature a public event for the sharing of the proposed research. In lieu of such an event built into the project itself, recipient agree to make a public or semi-public presentation at the Center within one academic year of receiving the grant.
  • The Center cannot take responsibility for organizing events or other work related to the award.

2014–2015 Recipients

The 2015 CSWR spring conference grant was awarded to Andrew Teeter, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at HDS. The conference is titled "Issues in the Comprehension of Ancient Jewish Literary Art." This conference focuses on difficult methodological problems, including: how is textual meaning constituted in texts from another age and culture?; what are the standards and expectations of cohesions and coherence in ancient Jewish literature?; and, how do ancient readers recognize, decode and integrate literary features in the constitution of literary meaning?

The 2014–2015 CSWR faculty grants were awarded to Charlie Hallisey, Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist Literatures at HDS, and Michael Jackson, Distinguished Visiting Professor of World Religions at HDS. Hallisey’s research project is titled "Project of Crisis: Climate Change and the Future of the Study of Religion.” Jackson’s research project is titled "The Elementary Forms of Religious Life Revisited.

View past grant recipients.

For more information, please contact:

Center for the Study of World Religions
42 Francis Avenue, Cambridge 02138
617.495.4495 or cswr@hds.harvard.edu