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The Classical Theism Project Summer Stipend Program provides summer funding to graduate students and faculty members who wish to spend the summer doing research for a paper, book chapter, or dissertation chapter on a topic related to classical theism. The Summer Stipend Program will provide up to 10 awards for each of the 2015 and 2016 summers, at $3,000 per award.

Successful applicants in 2015 or 2016 are eligible for an additional Publishing Incentive Award of $1,000 dollars if their funded project has been accepted for publication at a peer-reviewed journal within one year of the end of the summer in which they receive the award.

Sample Projects:

Eligible topics include, but are not at all limited to, the following: divine simplicity, divine aseity, divine immutability, divine transcendence, divine ineffability, divine action and providence, and divine impassibility. We encourage anyone working on these topics, no matter what conclusions they derive concerning them, to apply.

Projects that focus primarily on the history of philosophy or theology must meet one of the following criteria: (i) the project is aimed at sources that have not been adequately mined and are likely to generate new insight or knowledge into divine attributes or other systematic questions relating to perennial theism, or (ii) the study of the particular historical trajectory of thought will reveal that presuppositions in contemporary thought are in some way limiting contemporary philosophical and theological progress regarding questions about perennial theism. Those proposing primarily historical projects are encouraged to explain how the project fulfills (i) or (ii) in their proposals.

Projects that are purely exegetical or historical in nature are ineligible for funding.

Application Instructions:

Applicants are required to submit the following electronically to

  • a complete curriculum vitae
  • a project abstract of no more than 150 words
  • a project proposal of no more than 1,200 words
  • one published or unpublished paper

Please email all of these materials as a single PDF ordered as listed above, named “lastname, firstname – Stipend” (e.g., Pawl, Tim – Stipend) to by January 8th, 2016.  Please include in the body of your email your name, professional status (e.g., graduate student; assistant professor), departmental affiliation, and school (e.g., Gloria Frost, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of St. Thomas).  Final decisions will be announced by March 1st, 2016.

Deadline: January 8th, 2016

The selection criteria include (a) the applicant’s capacity to successfully carry out the research project as evidenced by past academic record and writing sample and (b) the potential for the project to make an impact in the theological and/or philosophical literature on the perennial conception of the divine. The referees will be the two project co-organizers and two distinguished theologians from the University of St. Thomas Department of Theology.

Please contact the directors at with any questions.