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Understanding Unbelief

Early career awards

The second grant competition was for early career researchers.

RFP2 opened in spring 2017 and is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications. You can find out about the research that was awarded funding here

***Call for proposals***

Early Career Awards (RFP2)


Through a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the University of Kent will make Early Career Awards to fund research and research activities undertaken by early career researchers. The Early Career Awards are provided as part of the Understanding Unbelief research programme, also funded by the John Templeton Foundation, with additional support from the University of Kent, St Mary’s University Twickenham, and Coventry University. The Early Career Awards stream will provide £120,000 to support contributions from early career researchers to the task of advancing our empirical understanding of the array of phenomena commonly labeled ‘unbelief’.

We aim to make around 8 awards of around £15,000 for research activities lasting up to 18 months (proposals for research activities of shorter duration are also welcomed).

We are now inviting full proposals for Early Career Awards. Funding may be used to support a number of research activities, including new research, further dissemination of existing research and seed funding for the development of future research projects.

Further details, including eligibility requirements and the application procedure, please refer to the information sheet provided by selecting of the two following formats:

Deadline for full proposals: Thursday 1 June 2017