Templeton (TWCF) Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Theology, Philosophy of Religion, and the Sciences at the University of Cambridge
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September 1 / 2013
- August 31 / 2017
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Sarah Coakley
Institution University of Cambridge

​This project addresses a serious blockage to interchange between theology or philosophy of religion and the sciences, namely the lack of adequate knowledge of actual scientific practice on the part of theologians and philosophers of religion. Following a rigorous appointment process, we have appointed three highly skilled individuals with appropriate theological and philosophical backgrounds at doctoral level. The fellows will be embedded for three years in scientific research clusters in Cambridge working at the cutting edge of their fields, and provided with substantial mentoring from both the science and the theology/philosophy sides. The fellows will also be associate members of the same Cambridge college for the duration of their fellowships, and will have regular opportunities in that context for engagement with each other, and with the wider Cambridge intellectual environment. Each fellow will be provided with the resources and the guidance necessary to pursue intensive engagement with the relevant scientists, to consult with relevant scholars nationally and internationally, to publish his or her findings, and to develop his or her career. By producing three highly-trained fellows who have had the opportunity for an extraordinarily deep engagement with working scientists, by facilitating their production of excellent publications and other scholarly contributions, and by demonstrating the fruitfulness of this kind of extended, intensive cross-disciplinary engagement, this project will be a catalyst for the next generation of work on theology / philosophy of religion and the sciences, significantly increasing the pool of people with the training necessary to produce that work. It will also develop the institutional capacity of Cambridge to host such work, by yielding deepened interdisciplinary relationships within Cambridge, between the Faculty of Divinity, the Faculty of Philosophy and the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, and the relevant science departments and institutes.​

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