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The Cambridge Inter-faith Programme Annual Conference Competition

last modified Mar 14, 2018 02:15 PM
The Cambridge Inter-faith Programme launches its first annual conference competition, offering grants of up to £2,000 for successful applicants.

The Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme was founded in 2002 with the aim of bringing the resources of the Faculty of Divinity and the University of Cambridge more generally, to bear on questions of inter-faith relations. Its prime focus is on the relations between religious traditions, and its ethos entails pursuing questions of ‘interactive particularity’ among and within religious traditions, keeping in play both theological and religious studies approaches. It welcomes inter-disciplinary approaches, as well as debate across the interweaving of the secular and the religious, both at inter- and intra- faith levels. Ultimately, it looks to deeper understandings of the complex core identities of religious traditions studied in their interrelations. Through this commitment, CIP has undertaken a broad and diverse range of research and public engagement.

Conference Competition:

As part of its interest in encouraging research on the interrelations between and within religious traditions, as well as religion and forms of secularity, CIP has historically contributed towards academic events in Cambridge that wholly or partly include interests in these areas. Thematic foci to date have included religion and space, religious radicalism, religion and ethnicity, and religious ethics and technology.

In 2018, CIP is developing this dimension of its work by launching a formal annual conference competition. We invite proposals to be submitted by Friday 27 April. £2,000 will be available for the successful proposal. The successful applicant(s) will be announced by Friday 25 May, with conferences expected to take place by Easter term 2019.

Conference Support

We approach conferences as a partnership, and consequently seek to provide support for successful applicants. Our support will include administrative and logistic assistance, as well as help with publicity and a website within the current CIP page dedicated to the conference.

We also anticipate more informal forms of support, such as ad-hoc meetings and discussions, in order to ensure your conference is a success.

Selection Criteria

The aims and objectives of the conference and/or the choice of speakers and panellists should reflect CIP’s ethos, and feature some engagement with the theme of inter-faith relations, broadly construed.

More generally, the Conference Committee welcomes: inter-disciplinary and intra-University collaborations, thoughtful and/or innovative interpretations of the conventional conference format, a commitment to long-term impact (e.g., publications, further events, media engagement), support for postgraduate students and early career researchers, and contributions to CIP’s research profile.

When evaluating the proposals, the conference panel will also pay particular attention to the conference rationale as well as any proposed beneficiaries. We also hope to see clear thinking about the conference budget, including whether CIP would be the sole sponsor and/or what other organisations applicants might be expecting to seek further support from.


To apply, please send an application to Dr Alexander Kolassa ( containing the following:
• Applicant Name(s), Position, Faculty/Department
• Title, Preferred Date, Location
• Applicant(s) CVs (Max 2 pages)
• Event Rationale (Max 500 words)
• Programme Outline (e.g., confirmed / invited / target speakers, draft schedule)
• Outcomes (e.g., dissemination, publication, further research activity)
• Publicity Plans
• Draft Budget (including details of any additional funding sources)


The lead organiser must belong to the University of Cambridge, and the Conference must take place in Cambridge. The Faculty of Divinity will be available as a venue for the proposed conference without charge. CIP should be recognised as the primary sponsor of the conference. Finally, all conference materials must feature its logo.

Conference organisers should write a 500-word conference report for the CIP website within a month of the event.

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