Full Scholarship to attend Duke University's Spirituality and Health Research Workshop

Thanks to support from the John Templeton Foundation, Duke University's Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health is offering eleven $3,600 scholarships to attend the university's 5-day workshop on conducting research related to religion, spirituality, and health.

This incredible opportunity involves eleven full scholarships that will cover:
  1. Full cost of workshop tuition, individual mentorship and a 500-page syllabus ($1200)
  2. Economy class round trip airfare ($1500 or less)
  3. Seven nights of lodging in modest accommodations (total cost $500 or less)
  4. Reimbursement for meals and expenses related to local transportation to and from workshop (total cost $400 or less)
Date: August 10-14, 2020

Location: Durham, North Carolina

Eligibility Criteria:
  1. Residence in a developing country or an economically-disadvantaged area of the world, including Africa, South or Central America, Mexico, Asia, Middle East (depending on country), Russia, and Eastern Europe. Residents from other areas of the world considered “developed” (including China, Russia, India, Brazil, etc.) may qualify depending on socioeconomic status of region & quality of applicant. Passport from that country is required for proof of residence.
  2. Scanned copy of valid U.S. visa emailed to Dr. Koenig. If needed, we will provide a letter of invitation to facilitate this process after reviewing the completed application for applicants who are competitive. If you are seriously interested in applying for this scholarship, please immediately begin the process of obtaining a US visa, which can take 6-9 months or longer to obtain. The final decision on the scholarship will not be made until proof that a US visa has been obtained.
  3. Proof of university faculty appointment, graduate or undergraduate student status, or position in government, healthcare system, national media, or funding institution. A signed letter from the university administration (or government body or other institution) on official letterhead will be required for documentation (scanned and emailed to Dr. Koenig).
  4. Applicant is in a position to conduct research and, preferably, has a history of conducting and publishing research, and is specifically interested in doing research on religion, spirituality and health. This will be judged based on applicant’s Personal Statement and resume (curriculum vitae). 
  5.  Fluency in the English language (workshop presenters speak English only). At least one letter of recommendation (below) must state this fact.
  6. Completion of Scholarship Application as follows:
    (a) A Personal Statement that describes personal and professional reasons for wishing to attend the Spirituality and Health Workshop (2 pages single-spaced maximum); (b) A preliminary Research Proposal with (1) background for study, (2) specific aims, (3) hypotheses, (4) research methods (type of study, characteristics of sample, description of questionnaire or intervention, statistical methods), (5) timeline of project activities, (6) plan to obtain funding support for the study, (7) if funding obtained and research completed, plans to publish the findings in peer-review journal and disseminate findings to the general public through the media, and (8) references cited in the proposal. The research proposal should be limited to 5 pages single spaced, Times Roman size 12 font, 1-inch margins. (c) Future Plans in terms of practical use of the information learned during the workshop should be described (e.g., plans to conduct research, apply for grant funding to support research, teach at university level, apply to clinical practice, advocate for public policy changes at the national level, dissemination of research on spirituality and health to the general public through the media, etc.) (1-page single-spaced maximum). (d) Three scanned letters of recommendation e-mailed to Dr. Koenig (including #3 above). (e) Curriculum vitae (resume) with publications, grants, training, current position, prior academic positions, etc. 
  7.  A single MS-word document containing (a), (b), (c), and (e) should be emailed to Dr. Koenig
  8. Signed statement indicating that applicant has (a) financial hardship and could not attend the workshop without the scholarship; (b) will attend all 5 days of the workshop and complete pre and post-workshop assessments; and (c) will complete a post-workshop assessment of accomplishments 1 year after attending the workshop. This document should be signed, scanned, and sent by email to Dr. Koenig.
It is essential that applicants apply early (now) and obtain their visas as soon as possible, since given new restrictions on United States visas, it may take up to 6-8 months to obtain a visa to enter the U.S.
If you want to know more about this program, contact Harold Koenig or visit the website.
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