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Young Scholars in American Religion Program

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Young Scholars in American Religion Program

The next generation of leading teachers and scholars in American religion is at work in our colleges and universities today. With support from Lilly Endowment, the Center assists these early career scholars in the improvement of their teaching and research and in the development of professional communities through the Young Scholars in American Religion program. In addition to its historic concentration on teaching and research, the Young Scholars Program now includes a seminar devoted to such other professional issues as constructing a tenure portfolio, publication, grant writing, and department politics.

All syllabi produced in the YSAR seminars are available at this website under Teaching Resources.

Applying to the Young Scholars Program

Scholars eligible to apply are those who have launched their careers within the last seven years and who are working in a subfield of the area of religion in North America, broadly understood. Scholars are selected with the understanding that they will commit to the program for all seminar dates. Participants are expected to produce a course syllabus, with justification of teaching approach, and a publishable research article over the course of their seminars.

Applicants must submit (a) a curriculum vitae; (b) three letters of reference directly supporting their application to the YSAR program (portfolios with generic reference letters are not accepted); and (c) a 700-word essay indicating why they are interested in participating and describing their current and projected research and teaching interests.