“The John Templeton Award for Theological Promise” Becomes the “Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise”
From 2007 to 2011, the John Templeton Foundation sponsored an award for the best doctoral or first post-doctoral works each year on the topic “God and Spirituality (as broadly understood)”. The award was globally announced, and altogether 60 young scholars received a prize of $10.000 each. They came from 17 countries, from different religious affiliations and worked in a broad spectrum of academic fields:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Confucian Philosophy
Religious Studies, History of Religion, Jewish Studies, Hebrew Bible, Islamic Studies, Hinduism
Christian Theology: Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, Systematic Theology, Ecumenical Theology, Mission Studies
Ethics, Environmental Ethics
Religion and Science, Cosmology, Biological Theory
Literature, American Studies, Film
Each year in May the award was celebrated at the University of Heidelberg, followed by a colloquium at the Internationales Wissenschaftsforum of the university (IWH). The winners of the prize presented and discussed their next projects with Heidelberg colleagues and some members of the board of external evaluators (which consisted of 26 professors from 19 different countries).
From 2013 on, the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise will be given to 10 young scholars from all over the world. In addition to the prize of $10.000 each, the winners will have the chance to propose an international and interdisciplinary colloquium on an important academic topic. At least two winners from at least two countries and at least two disciplines should organize and lead this colloquium. Each year two Lautenschlaeger Colloquia will be supported with 15.000 € each.
Applications / Nominations until May 31st 2012
Frau Caroline Gödde