10 Jan

Science for Seminaries II: Call for LOIs

The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (AAAS | DoSER) are seeking Letters of Interest (LOI) from ATS member seminaries interested in expanding the role that science plays in theological education. The deadline for this LOI is 10 January, 2018.


“Science for Seminaries: Integrating Science into Core Theological Education Phase II” is an initiative designed to promote positive and respectful dialogue between scientists and religious communities by supporting science appreciation among future religious leaders. ATS and AAAS | DoSER would offer grants to a select group of seminaries to support them in their efforts to integrate science into at least two core courses and produce at least one campus-wide science-themed event. This effort would encourage interest within seminaries about the relevance of science to theological education and produce a growing number of pastors equipped to help their congregants find answers to science-related questions. The project’s ultimate goal is to create an atmosphere in places of worship in which science is relevant, complementary, and important to religious worldviews and ultimately promote the appreciation for science in the broader society. For project proposal ideas and information on the Science for Seminaries pilot project, please visit scienceforseminaries.org.

LOI Submission Invitation

Each year, a maximum of 8 schools will be awarded 18-month grants in the amount $75,000. After careful evaluation of the LOIs by an advisory committee along with ATS and AAAS,  up to 15 institutions will be invited to submit full proposals.

10 January, 2018  LOI Due
24 January, 2018  Call for Proposals Notification
20 March, 2018 Project Proposal Due Date
20 April, 2018 Anticipated Date for Awardee Notification (Project begins from this date for 18 months
September 2018 Second round of Call for LOIs Opens


Selection Criteria*

ATS accreditation
Demonstrated institutional commitment to cultural engagement
Institutional capacity to implement the grant Interest in curriculum analysis or revision
Commitment to sustainability beyond the length of the project
At least two faculty members teaching core courses who are committed to achieving the project’s goals and participating in AAAS-led activities
Commitment to supporting a campus-wide event during the course of the project

*Please note that this project does not fund work that is primarily focused on bioethics or environmental issues.


Letters of Interest should be at least one but no more than two pages and must briefly address each of the above criteria. They must also include a brief biography of and contact information for the proposed Project Leader(s). Budget information is not needed at this stage. Please submit letters and questions by email to doser@aaas.org with “Letter of Interest” as the subject heading by 10 January, 2018.