Religious Diversity and the Secular University Summer School 2023


The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge invites applications from outstanding early career scholars to participate in a 2-week summer workshop in July 2023.

The workshop will run from 2 - 12 July 2023. A maximum of twelve international residential scholarships will be awarded that provide up to £500 towards travel, as well as full room and board in Cambridge for the duration of the Summer School.

Applications must be received by the deadline, midday 24 March 2023, and should include a CV, two letters of reference, a writing sample and an indication of the topic of the likely work in progress for discussion.


(1) Your principal research is concerned with questions of secularism and/or religion in the modern university (since ca. 1800).

(2) You are an early career scholar in the arts, humanities, and social sciences with excellent English language skills and you are within seven years of completing your PhD (i.e. who will have received their doctorate in July 2016 or later), or if you are a PhD student with a similar background and qualifications, you are within six months of completing your PhD dissertation.

Costs and bursaries

12 bursaries of up to £500 per person are available, for reimbursement of travel costs.  Accommodation in a Cambridge college and evening meals will be provided by the Summer School.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is midday on 24 March 2023. Application is only via the online application system of CRASSH. No emailed or paper applications will be considered.

You can register or log in to your application on the right-hand side of this page. Please contact us via email if you experience technical difficulties with the system or if you require further information about eligibility or provision. You are also welcome to discuss your application with Dr Theodor Dunkelgrun

The following information will be required:

(1) In the field DESCRIPTION please give a 500-word statement indicating the topic or type of work you are likely to present.

(2) A short CV of no more than one page, which must list your educational background and your most important publications. This should be uploaded into the Additional Material section. Files must be PDF and maximum 8Mb.

(3) A SAMPLE OF WRITTEN WORK, such as a recently presented conference paper or a draft chapter of a book or PhD dissertation. This should be uploaded into the Additional Material section. Files must be PDF and maximum 8Mb.

(4) This application requires the contact details of two referees (one of whom may be external) who are familiar with your work. For persons who have not yet been awarded the PhD, a letter of reference from your supervisor with details of the state of the dissertation is ALSO required.

We advise that you separately alert the nominated referees of your application and the deadline. Referees are given access to your application via an email containing a link that is triggered by your clicking the Send Email button. Once you've ticked the Send Email button, the system will contact your nominated referee, who must submit their reference via this system by the deadline. The system will indicate when your references have been submitted. (Applicants are unable to view confidential references). You may amend your nominated referees up to the point of their submitting a confidential reference. Once your referee submits their confidential comments you will no longer be able to change their details.

To submit your completed application, click on the Submit button at the bottom of the page.  You can submit at any time up until the deadline, provided all fields (excluding referees' comments) have been completed.  You can still log in to view and amend your application after submission.

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