Funding Roundtable

Roundtable. History of religions, Religious studies and funding opportunities: Marie Curie Sklodowska Action’s Meeting point

Organized by: Alessandro Saggioro (Sapienza University), Marianna Ferrara (Sapienza University and Ruhr University Bochum)

Time and place: June 28, 18:15-19:45, Jakobi 2, Lecture Theatre

The aim of this roundtable is to create an international network in the field of individual funding opportunities, with a special reference to the MCSA of the EU and to improve funding opportunities specifically in the field of the History of Religions and addresses current and potential fellows as well as current and potential supervisors to perform dissemination and research knowledge on how to concretely develop the intellectual skills and habits of mind that the humanities cultivate.

In these last years, the impact factor has gradually become the standard for academic excellence, while arts and humanities scholars have been increasingly encouraged in engaging in the elaboration and evaluation of research risks, milestones, and outcomes for successful projects and competition processes. Despite that, humanities and social science researchers seem to be able to get out of the isolated professional circles and reach wider audiences via accessible books and a variety of mass media. However, sometimes, the system for funding academic excellence overestimates the pattern of communication, forgetting that it is not necessarily a measure of the quality of performance.

In this scenario, the list of public and private funding opportunities in the social sciences, arts, and humanities are growing in number. National and international research centers and institutions offer funding for many types of grants and contracts, providing the possibility to establish fruitful collaborations among different countries, universities, and scholarships. At the same time, potential fellows have to face with the constant changing of eligibility criteria, application processes and deadlines, and with a normative discontinuity that sometimes affects even well established annual competitions. Such considerations are intended to remind that fellowships and grant funding need long training and a strong institutional support in view of successful projects.

For the roundtable’s objectives:

  • both former and ongoing fellows and supervisors are invited to intervene and share their experience as successful applicants and the results of their projects,
  • while potential fellows are invited to get information about action and networking with future interlocutors.
  • Scholars interested in engaging as potential supervisors are also invited to join the panel and share the hosting arrangements of their institution.

Expressions of interest for this roundtable are welcome: