Science-engaged philosophy of religion and philosophical theology are characterized by their use of the results, methods, and ideas of empirical science in advancing or criticizing arguments, theses, and concepts in philosophy of religion or philosophical theology. The Society of Christian Philosophers (SCP), a preeminent organization of Christian professional philosophers, proposes a 28-month project to seed capacity in the next generation of Christian philosophers for scientifically engaged philosophy of religion and theology.
To achieve this aim, the SCP will run a fellowship program to give up to 5 of its graduate student members an opportunity to spend up to one academic year engaged in the systematic study of an empirical discipline such as psychology, cognitive science, biology, physics, genetics, neuroscience, or astronomy. Up to five one-year fellowships of $34,000 will be awarded over the project to graduate student members of the SCP. These funds will release fellows from teaching and research assistant duties, as well as provide support for fellows to purchase books, articles, and other learning materials they might need in their cross-training efforts. Funds may also be used to support travel to conferences or workshops in the cross-training discipline.