Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

We are not accepting proposals at this time


The Indiana University Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society is dedicated to connecting faculty, incubating research and creative activity, and promoting the awareness of IU scholarship in areas relating to religion, ethics, and values.

The Religion and Ethics Seminars are faculty-led, year-long seminars on topics relating to religion, ethics, morality, and values.  We are now accepting proposals for new seminars to run from Fall 2019 through Spring 2020. The application deadline is Sunday April 28th. Information about current and past Religion and Ethics Seminars can be found under the Seminars tab on the left-hand side of the page.

We support seminars on a broad range of topics relating to religion, ethics, and values in society. Seminars are generally oriented toward one of three goals: research--through scholarly development, public education and engagement--through community events and partnerships, and student education--through curricular and extra-curricular activities. This funding cycle we are prioritizing research-oriented proposals, though faculty focusing on other goals are also encouraged to apply.


The Religion and Ethics Seminars

Key Elements

  • There will be multiple topical seminars running concurrently within the IU system.
  • Each seminar is co-led by two IU faculty members from different departments, units, or campuses, or by an IU faculty member collaborating with a faculty member from another in-state college or university. Seminar participants may include other faculty members, students, or community members. They are intended to be interdisciplinary.

  • Each seminar addresses a topic of shared concern related to religion, ethics, or values. Recent seminars have addressed topics such as the ethics of medical research, spirituality and professional vocations, citizenship and resistance in the Black Church, philanthropy and the public good, Islam in the global public sphere, and health equity in the Indianapolis community.
  • Seminars meet six times over two concurrent semesters (fall/spring or spring/fall)
  • Seminars may be organized toward objectives relating to research, collaboration, practical problem solving, creative activity, teaching, and/or public outreach. Proposals for a seminar should describe the topic, goals, activities, potential participants, and views of success.


  • Each faculty co-leader receives $1500 of discretionary funds in their research account to recognize their organizational contribution to the seminar. (Faculty co-leaders outside IU administrative systems will receive direct payments.)
  • Seminars receive a commitment of up to $3000 to cover operating expenses, including hospitality, support for outside speakers, and/or logistics. Receipts for expenses will be submitted for reimbursement.
  • Additional funding may be requested for specific activities.

Assessment and Renewal

  • We ask that your seminar submit an end of cycle report and self assessment.
  • Successful seminars will be eligible for renewal.


The application deadline for the fall 2019 - spring 2020 funding cycle is April 28th.

Application Process

Proposals should include the following information:

  • Seminar title.
  • Faculty co-leaders. For each leader, include information about department, school, and campus along with a brief biographical sketch.
  • Seminar description. Describe the topic of the seminar, highlight how the topic is connected to religion and/or ethics, and how those connections will be engaged in the seminar.
  • Seminar activities and objectives. Describe the seminar's objectives and how the projected seminar's activities will relate to those larger objectives. (Note that the six seminar meetings need not all be of the same type.)
  • Seminar success. Describe how the success of the seminar will be evaluated in the eyes of the leaders.
  • Anticipated participants. For illustrative purposes, list some names and/or types of anticipated participants, including university-affiliated participants, community participants, and outside speakers/panelists, where relevant.

Please direct questions to Brian Steensland, Director of the Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society (