Associate fellowships

Associate fellowships 2019/2020 (non-stipendiary)

The Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (CSRS) at the University of Victoria welcomes applications from researchers interested in participating in our dynamic interdisciplinary research community.

Application Deadline - Ongoing


To broaden the profile and outreach of the centre; to enable scholars who are not employed full time at a university to participate in a thriving social and intellectual community; to increase interactions between centre fellows and the many gifted scholars in the Greater Victoria Area.


In accord with the centre’s mandate, projects must involve the scholarly study of religion in relation to any aspect of society and culture, both contemporary and historical. This includes, but is not limited to, critical examinations of religious themes in the areas of ethics, health, environment, public policy, technology, human conflict, art, literature, the media, law, philosophy or the natural sciences. We welcome applications from individuals immersed in any academic discipline. 


Fellows will normally have a PhD and a record of scholarly research in an area related to the CSRS mandate. Typical applicants may be retired faculty, new scholars, scholars without regular university appointments, and community-based researchers.


Associate fellows will have access to the University of Victoria library and the UVic email system. They will also have a mailbox, access to CSRS scanner and photocopier services, and opportunities to participate in all CSRS social and academic activities. Please note that this is a non-stipendiary appointment, with no cash value. When possible, associate fellows share a private office at the CSRS on a rotating basis.


Associate fellowship terms are three years and can be renewed. For more information on the renewal process, please see the CSRS Associate Fellow Renewal Policy (currently under reviewing).


Associate fellows are expected to be willing to give a public lecture on a theme in the area of their research (time and space permitting), to take advantage of the private office space provided in the centre, and attend the regular activities of the CSRS (e.g., daily informal meetings over coffee and tea to discuss topics related to religion and society, weekly public lectures of other centre fellows). Fellows do not need to participate in all events but are encouraged to be involved in the thriving academic and social life of the centre. 

Application procedure

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis via email and should include:

  • a current CV;
  • this completed Associate Fellowship application form
  • two PDF letters of support from colleagues sent directly to the CSRS at . The centre may also solicit the opinions of other referees. The centre may also solicit the opinions of other referees.

Please note that any research involving human subjects will require approval of the UVic Human Ethics Review Board and/or the review board of another institution. Associate fellowship applications are reviewed by the CSRS Program Committee twice a year in November and May; in some cases, applications may be considered at other times of the year. All materials should be submitted via email to , indicating attention to Dr. Christopher Douglas, Acting Director. Candidates are responsible for ensuring their applications are complete.

CSRS Associate Fellowship Guidelines and Application

Renewal procedure

For current associate fellows wishing to apply for the renewal of their fellowship, please complete and submit the renewal application form below and email to .

Renewal Application Deadline - Currently under reviewing.

Renewal of Associate Fellowship Application

Those who do not meet the above criteria may wish to consider becoming a “Friend” of the centre in order to be kept abreast of, and invited to, many of our lectures and social events.