Current Research

Buddhist Studies Workshop

The Buddhist Studies Workshop began in 1998 as an interdisciplinary forum for new scholarly work on Buddhism. Interdisciplinary in design, Workshop participants come from various departments at Princeton and other nearby universities. The Workshop is dedicated to helping participants talk across the usual divides imposed by the disciplines and also constitutes a broad forum for the discussion of pan-Asian (and increasingly East-West) issues. Many sessions focus on only one area of the world, but draw participants who focus on other areas. Learn more

Crossroads of Religion and Politics Lecture Series

The Center co-sponsors a yearly series of events on Religion and Politics with the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. This lecture series, founded in 1999-2000, features notable speakers from the diverse worlds of journalism, academia, government and the clergy. Speakers address domestic affairs, such as faith-based organizations and the portrayal of religion in the media, and international issues such as national security policy and democratization. Learn more

Faculty-Directed Conferences and Lecture Series

Each year, the Center sponsors several proposals from Princeton University faculty members for interdisciplinary conferences, symposia, or guest-speaker series that focus on some aspect of religion. This support is intended to help a faculty member initiate or augment a scholarly research project or teaching endeavor that bears on the study of religion. For application information, see Opportunities for Princeton Faculty. Learn more

Faith & Work Initiative
The purpose of the Princeton Faith & Work Initiative is to generate intellectual frameworks and practical resources for the issues and opportunities surrounding faith and work. The Initiative will investigate the ways in which the resources of various religious traditions and spiritual identities shape and inform engagement with such workplace issues as ethics, values, vocation, meaning, purpose, and how people live out their faith in an increasingly diverse and pluralistic world. The Initiative will explore pressing marketplace topics, including global competition and its ramifications, wealth creation and poverty, ethics, diversity and inclusion, conflicting stakeholder interests, and social responsibility. Learn more

Graduate Student Fellows

The Center for the Study of Religion invites applications for Graduate Student Research Awards from regularly enrolled graduate students. Awards require residence and participation in one of the two workshops and are subject to Graduate School approval. Applications will be accepted in two categories. Religion and Public Life Fellows engage in research dealing with the relationships between religion and public policy or between religion and contemporary social issues more generally. Religion and Culture Fellows are post-generals students working on historical, ethnographic, and/or normative aspects of religion. The awards are for $6,000 and are intended to support the student’s participation in one of the two academic-year workshops. Learn more

Undergraduate Research Fellows

The Center for the Study of Religion has funds available to support a limited number of junior and senior independent research projects in the study of religion with a focus on any religious tradition. Awards vary in amount from $100 to $1000 with $250 (juniors) and $500 (seniors) being average award sizes. Award recipients will be named “Undergraduate Research Fellows” at the Center for the Study of Religion and will be asked to report on their research at a luncheon at the Center. Fellows will also be invited to participate in other center events. Learn more