Doctoral Fellows Program
The Religious Freedom Research Project offers summer Ph.D. dissertation fellowships for students exploring the sources, development, and consequences of religious freedom. Dissertations explore the relationship between religious liberty and other fundamental freedoms; its importance for democracy; and/or its role in social and economic development, international diplomacy, and countering violent religious extremism. Fellows connect the study of religious freedom to other academic disciplines in order to generate new knowledge about the role of religious liberty (or its absence) in (a) the development of political freedom, human rights, and democracy; (b) the promotion of economic freedom, economic development, and economic growth; and/or (c) the elimination, prevention, moderation, or mitigation of religiously driven extremism and violence. The 2015, 2016, and 2017 fellows represent the following schools: Georgetown University, Stanford University, Michigan State University, Princeton University, Yale University, Baylor University, the University of Notre Dame, the Catholic University of America, and the University of Michigan.