[Blueboard] Request for Research Proposal

lyjose at ateneo.edu lyjose at ateneo.edu
Tue May 5 13:45:55 PHT 2009

Thank you for posting
ACAS would like to extend to the Ateneo community the following
invitation from PCRI. ACAS would like to submit a proposal, only if  
there is enough number of peope in the Ateneo community who is  
interested to join. To help ACAS network with other Asian countries, a  
research that involves Asian countries other than the Philippines is  
preferred. Thank you very much.

Lydia N. Yu Jose, ACAS director

DearAteneo Centerfor Asian Studies,
Director Lydia Yu-Jose

I am a project manager at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture
(CRCC) at the University of Southern California. We have just started
a major four year grant-giving program which will be providing funding
to research centers and scholars in Asia, with a grant from the John
Templeton Foundation.

The CRCC (www.usc.edu/crcc) has launched the Pentecostal and
Charismatic Research Initiative (PCRI) which will  provide up to $3.5
million in grant funding to support social science research on
Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity in Asia, Africa, Latin
America, and the former Soviet Union. PCRI will award up to seven
grants to regional centers and fifteen grants to individual scholars
or small research teams.  (For more information see: www.usc.edu/pcri ).

The CRCC and Tempelton Foundation would like to ensure that the pool
of applicants receiving the Request for Proposals (RFP) is diverse in
nature. PCRI, while thematically focusing on questions involving
religion, sets the scope for research broadly and encourages
researchers and institutes from the field of economics/population
studies/sociology/anthropology/third world studies and social sciences
broadly to apply.

While theology remains a main focus of the initiative, research
projects should engage topics of interest not only to Pentecostal and
charismatic specialists, but to a broader group of scholars interested
in the dynamics of social change and the potentially dynamic role of
religion in this process. Projects involving only theological
questions are not eligible under this request for proposals, but
collaborative research and interdisciplinary projects involving
theologians may be appropriate. Collaboration and partnership across
disciplines and institutional affiliation is highly encouraged. To see
more on the guiding research questions, please see:

To this aim, we see much potential in the Ateneo Center for Asian
Studies and we are not only encouraging researchers or institutes
within your college to apply but further hoping that you can help
identify potential research centers and social science scholars with
secular or academic interest in any of the three major research areas.

We are hoping, based on your history of academic excellence, extensive
research in the region and your focus on multi-disciplinary research
that you will be consider applying and/or suggest
researchers/institutes/dept to submit a letter of intent. Further, we
are looking for recommendations on any secular or academic
institutions focusing on religion, culture, economic development
and/or civil society in the region.

Please feel free to call or email any time with questions or comments.

Thank you for your time,

Hebah Farrag
Project Manager
Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative
Center for Religion and Civic Culture
825 Bloom Walk, ACB 439
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1481

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