PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute) is announcing an 11-month (August to July), paid fellowship featuring a diverse cohort of 16 non-residential Public Fellows who are engaged in public scholarship at the intersection of religion, culture, and politics.

As a part of PRRI’s Religion and Renewing Democracy Initiative, the organization is seeking applicants whose research agendas align with one of four principal vectors of PRRI’s ongoing work: 1) religious, racial and ethnic pluralism; 2) racial justice and white supremacy; 3) immigration and migration studies; and 4) LGBTQ rights.

The ideal candidates are mid-career scholars (three to twelve years since earning a terminal degree) who have an aptitude and track record of socially engaged or public scholarship. PRRI is seeking a diverse cohort in terms of academic disciplines (both humanities and the social sciences), types of institutions (college, university, seminary, or research institute), and geographic location.

PRRI encourages applications from women, people of color, and other members of under-represented groups who will contribute to the diversity of the cohort.

Download the attached PDF for a full description of fellowship benefits.

Application Requirements:

  • Fellows must have a Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree plus a formal affiliation with an accredited college, university, seminary, or research institute in the United States.
  • Fellows must have earned their terminal degree at least three years ago and no more than 12 years ago.
  • Fellows should have demonstrable academic expertise in at least one of the four areas of PRRI’s work (see above)
  • Fellows must be authorized to work in the United States.

Application Process

To apply for a fellowship visit: Download the attached PDF for a full description of the required application materials. The application includes:

  • Statement of interest
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Work samples

For questions, please contact Amber Cooper at

Application deadline: May 31, 2022

Date posted: May 1, 2022