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Update (June 15, 2020): The Foundation is temporarily limiting the areas where it will accept new Online Funding Inquiries (OFIs) as part of the 2020 Open Submission cycle. 

Applicants interested in the Dynamics of Religious Change should wait until the 2021 Open Submission cycle to submit an inquiry. 



Understanding changes in religious beliefs and practices around the world and their causes.

Our funding will focus on three main questions:

  • Global religious futures. What are the implications of religion’s decline in the West and the resurgence of historic religions in the Global South? To better understand why some religions flourish and others lose adherents, we will support studies of religious demography and of pluralism in non-Western contexts.
  • Institutional changes in religion via competition. What kinds of innovative religious organizations are helping to revitalize faith traditions and institutions? We seek to focus on innovative religious institutions that update religious models while keeping the core of their traditions. When might competition contribute to increasing the constructive social contributions of religions?
  • Individual changes in beliefs, behaviors, and belonging. The term “religion” pulls together a complex mix of practices, beliefs, identities, and institutions. How can religious identity be fractionated into its components? Why and how do people switch religious identities?

Featured Grants

Human Sciences
Project Leader(s): Alan Cooperman
Grantee(s): Pew Charitable Trusts
Human Sciences
Project Leader(s): Daryl R. Van Tongeren, C. Nathan DeWall
Grantee(s): Hope College
Human Sciences
Project Leader(s): Lois Lee, Stephen Bullivant
Grantee(s): University of Kent