Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry

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The Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry offers supervised research degrees in a variety of theological and philosophical areas at a Master or Doctoral level.

The Institute’s areas of strength include New Testament Studies, Early Christian Studies, Systematic Theology, Continental and Analytic Philosophy (including Ethics), Digital Humanities, and Religious History. Supervisors are members of the following Centres and Projects:

  • Biblical and Early Christian Studies
  • Catholic Thought and Practice
  • Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics
  • Philosophy, Religion, and Culture
  • Julfa Cemetery Digital Repatriation Project

If you are interested in exploring a Theological or Philosophical issue in greater depth, we offer a number of degrees:

We welcome inquiries from suitably qualified students considering these higher degrees. Please contact Professor James McLaren for further information.  

Modes of Knowing PhD Scholarships

The Australian Catholic University (ACU) is offering scholarships for Australian or International PhD students to contribute to its ‘Modes of Knowing’ research project. Scholarships cover all fees, and provide a living allowance equivalent to $31,300 pa (2016 rate). Students would be based at ACU Melbourne, and would have the opportunity to spend time at Durham University or KU Leuven. Additional funds are available to support travel and living expenses associated with such study at partner institutions. Funding supports projects for three years, with a flexible start date. The first students would start in July 2017. Applications will begin being considered immediately.

You can familiarise yourself with the research program here. To apply, please send 1) An academic transcript; 2) a 1000 word research proposal related to the Modes of Knowing program; and 3) a CV with contact details of 2 academic referees to Dr Michael Champion (michael.champion@acu.edu.au), who can also provide further information.

PhD research proposals should: i) Identify the central research questions for your proposed topic; ii) provide a short sketch of relevant scholarship to show what the original contribution of the PhD project would be; iii) identify the strand(s)/research theme(s) of the Modes of Knowing project to which the PhD project would contribute; and iv) outline briefly how the project would advance knowledge in the field of early Christian studies more generally.

ACU’s Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry has an international staff profile, and we welcome applications from students from around the world. The Institute runs a monthly interdisciplinary research seminar and the Centre for Biblical and Early Christian Studies also runs a fortnightly seminar. ACU also sponsors an annual postgraduate student conference, bringing together students from around Australia.

You can find information about ACU, the Institute, the Centre for Biblical and Early Christian Studies, and living in Melbourne below.

PhD Scholarships in the Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Culture

ACU is offering scholarships for Australian or International PhD students to contribute to its Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Culture. Scholarships cover all fees, and provide a living allowance equivalent to $31,300 pa (2016 rate). Students would be based at ACU Melbourne, and would also have the opportunity to study with scholars in partner institutions including KU Leuven and Durham. Additional funds are available to support travel and living expenses associated with such study at partner institutions. Funding supports projects for three years, with a flexible start date. The first students would start in July 2017. Applications will begin being considered immediately.

These scholarships are associated with the Centre’s ongoing research project, “Atheism and Christianity: Moving Past Polemic.” A brief description of the research program is here; however, applicants’ research does not need to be narrowly tailored to the topic of atheism. To apply, please send 1) An academic transcript; 2) a 1000 word research proposal related to the Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Culture; and 3) a CV with contact details of 2 academic referees to David Newheiser (david.newheiser@acu.edu.au), who can also provide further information.

PhD research proposals should: i) Identify the central research questions for your proposed topic; ii) provide a short sketch of relevant scholarship to show what the original contribution of the PhD project would be; iii) identify the points of connection between the proposal and the work of the Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Culture; and iv) outline briefly how the project would advance knowledge in the fields of philosophy and / or the study of religion.

ACU’s Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry has an international staff profile, and we welcome applications from students from around the world. The Institute runs a monthly interdisciplinary research seminar. The Centre for Biblical and Early Christian Studies also runs a fortnightly seminar. ACU also sponsors an annual postgraduate student conference.

You can find information about ACU, the Institute, the Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Culture, and living in Melbourne below.