Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict Undergraduate Research Fellowship
The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University advances multidisciplinary research and education on the religious dynamics of conflict and peace. By fostering exchange ad collaboration, the Center creates networks—local, national, and global—that expand knowledge, deepen understanding, and promote wiser, more effective responses to some of the world's most pressing challenges.
In support of this mission, the CSRC Undergraduate Fellowship program provides the opportunity for ambitious undergraduates to engage in meaningful research experiences.
The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict's undergraduate research fellows program provides a rich interdisciplinary atmosphere for student development. Students accepted into the program:
- Work directly with a faculty member on research projects involving religion, conflict, and peace
- Take a special class with the Center's director
- Earn three credit hours
- Receive a scholarship of $1,000
- Meet with visiting scholars, attend special lectures
- Compete for research, travel and conference funds
Undergraduate students from all majors and years of study are encouranged to apply. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.5.
The Undergraduate Research Fellows Program consists of two parts:
1. Research Placement: Students accepted into the program will be paired with a faculty mentor currently conducting research related to some aspect of religion and conflict during the Fall 2019 semester. Projects range across a variety of disciplines, types of conflict and social, cultural, and political settings. Students will provide research assistance to their faculty mentor, putting in approximately 5-7 hours per week. Research activities may involve archival or bibliographic research, subject interviewing, data collection and collation, copying, library or web searches, or other activities related to the research project.
2. Fellows Seminar: In addition to the research placement, students accepted as CSRC Undergraduate Research Fellows will be required to register for a special three-credit class in the Fall semester (REL 494: Inquiry into Religion and Conflict). The fellows seminar will meet Thursday afternoons from 3:00-5:00 p.m. to explore the dynamics of religion and conflict from a comparative and interdisciplinary approach. Fellows seminars provide an opportunity for students to read and discuss recent work on religion and conflict and meet with leading ASU and visiting faculty working in this area. The seminar includes writing assignments as detailed in the course syllabus. Please note that the course also counts toward the Center’s religion and conflict certificate (see the Center’s website for more information on that program).