John Templeton Foundation: Academic Cross-Training Fellowship

Fri, May 1, 2020, 5:00 pm
Various Research Areas


The John Templeton Foundation is currently accepting applications for its Academic Cross-Training (ACT) Fellowship program. The ACT Fellowship program is intended to equip recently tenured philosophers and theologians with the skills and knowledge needed to study Big Questions that require substantive and high-level engagement with empirical science.

Fields of Research:

Each ACT Fellowship provides funding for up to three contiguous years of support for a systematic and sustained course of study in an empirical science such as:

  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cognitive Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Sociology

Acceptable courses of study might include a plan to audit undergraduate and graduate-level courses, a plan to spend time in residence at a research lab, or a plan to earn a degree in an empirical science. This iteration of the program will also permit applicants to request that up to one year of the ACT Fellowship be used to support a small-scale pilot scientific research project that improves or enhances the capacity, skill, and talent of the fellow to investigate the above-mentioned Big Questions. Fellows may undertake their study at their home institution or another institution.


  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited university.
  • Employment by an accredited U.S. or non-U.S. university or college. The employer agrees to sponsor the applicant, be the ultimate recipient of fellowship funds, administer the distribution of funds, and make reports to JTF on the use of the funds.
  • Received tenure after September 1, 2009.
  • Primary faculty appointment within a philosophy, religious studies, religion, or theology department.
  • All fellows must have a faculty mentor in their cross-training discipline.


Each ACT Fellowship will provide up to $220,000 for up to 3 contiguous years of support.


The application process has two stages: a Letter of Intent (LOI) and, if invited, the completion of a Full Proposal. The LOI must be submitted online via this web form and include the following:

  • Applicant information – contact details, name of academic institution conveying tenure, and CV (10 MB limit);
  • Request information – proposed project dates (project may not begin before 2020 or exceed 3 years in duration), cross-training discipline, and name of cross-training mentor;
  • 400-word Project Statement describing – a) what topics or questions you believe cross-training will help you investigate, (b) how these topics or questions fit with JTF’s donor intent, and (c) what the proposed course of cross-training might look like.
  • Please see the program website for the Big Questions and the Evaluation Criteria. Email if you have any questions.

Due Date:

LOI submission window closes May 1, 2020.

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