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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Templeton Research Lectures program?

The Templeton Research Lectures program awards grants worth up to $500,000 over three-to-four years for the creation of programs of interdisciplinary studies and distinguished lecture series. The first selection application deadline is January 1, 2004. To learn more, please click here for Request for Applications.

What is the goal of the program?

The primary aim of the Templeton Research Lectures is to promote constructive engagement and original research between the physical, biological, and human sciences and those modes of inquiry and understanding generally found within the domains of theology, religious studies, and philosophy. This three-year project is designed as a catalyst for original research and progress. The program seeks to create long-term networks for vibrant and broadly significant scholarly exchange and continuing interdisciplinary endeavors.

Who administers the grants?

The Metanexus Institute on Religion and Science administers the program on behalf of the John Templeton Foundation. Contact Dr. William Grassie of the Metanexus Institute for more information.

How much is the grant worth?

The grants award up $500,000 over three years, with a possible extension to a fourth year of study.

What other universities have won grants?

The original Templeton Research Lectures program, initiated in 2000, awarded $100,000 to six universities from 2001-2003.

2003: University of California - Los Angeles; University of Montréal
2002: Stanford University; Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel
2001: Columbia University; University of California - Santa Barbara

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