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Building capacity and networks of scholarship related to Science & the Big Questions.

How do the insights of scholars and religious leaders beyond the Global North and West inform our understanding of profound concerns at the intersection of science, philosophy, and spirituality? And how can such voices be brought into the conversation?

Over the next five years we intend to focus grantmaking efforts on the following areas:

  • Providing Latin American scholars in philosophy, theology, and social science with access to the latest scholarly resources in Science & the Big Questions
  • Supporting visiting fellowship programs for Latin America-North Atlantic scholar exchanges
  • Funding training programs for scholars to gain exposure to the latest research in philosophy, theology, and social science.

We wish especially to encourage proposals to support programs of the sort described above that focus on the following topics:

  • Conceptual, theoretical, and scientific research on character virtues in Latin American context: Such research might focus on character virtues generally, a type of character virtue (e.g., intellectual or moral character virtue), or specific character virtues (e.g., honesty, curiosity).
  • Constructive theological research by Latin American scholars that substantively engages with particular empirical sciences: Such research might focus especially on topics of interest outlined in our Science-Engaged Theology priority area.
  • Scientific study of religion in Latin America: Such research could be conceptual or empirical in orientation and might focus on the study of how people in Latin America think and relate to invisible supernatural beings, distinctive characteristics of religious/spiritual experiences in Latin America, and the nature and dynamics of religious identities in Latin America.

Featured Grants

Philosophy and Theology
Project Leader(s): Ignacio Silva
Grantee(s): Universidad Austral
Philosophy and Theology
Project Leader(s): Roberto Covolan, Guilherme de Carvalho
Grantee(s): Associação Brasileira de Cristãos na Ciência
Philosophy and Theology
Project Leader(s): Agnaldo Portugal
Grantee(s): Brazilian Association for the Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy and Theology
Project Leader(s): Fábio Bertato, Itala D'Ottaviano
Grantee(s): Universidade Estadual de Campinas