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John Templeton Award for Theological Promise

The award on the topic ‘God and Spirituality’ was awarded to the Project Director Ulrike Vollmer, for her PhD thesis and forthcoming book, Seeing Film, Reading Feminist Theology.

The John Templeton Award for Theological Promise is an international prize which was advertised worldwide for early career scholars. At $20,000, the financial value of the award is quite substantial. More importantly this award establishes her work in theology as being in the very top category of theological research at international level.

Ulrike writes:

The works submitted for consideration for the prize have been evaluated by a board of 25 scholars from 5 continents and all major faith traditions. The winners of this worldwide award come from the US, Korea, Australia, Western and Eastern Europe. All works submitted were ranked within a 20 point system. I have been informed that my submission was placed in the top range ‘outstanding’.

Half of the $20,000 prize is for my own personal use. The other $10,000 is a travel grant which will allow me to deliver lectures and hold seminars at universities and other institutions of higher learning around the world. The travel grant will be extremely useful in consolidating my international reputation in theology.

In order to qualify, I had to submit two professorial recommendations of my PhD thesis and forthcoming book. I also had to submit the thesis, its summary, a CV, a résumé of my publications and a statement placing the work within the field of God and Spirituality.

For the award, it was important that the thesis was seen to be destined for publication. My thesis will be published in June by Palgrave Macmillan.

More information on the John Templeton award can be accessed at the official website:

John Templeton Award For Theological Promise

 

Ulrike Vollmer.