Doctoral Fellows Program

The Doctoral Fellowship is a competitive two-year fellowship that provides exposure, intellectual training, and skill set for doctoral students interested in issues related to science, religion, and culture. The fellowship provides an opportunity to broaden a doctoral candidate’s area of expertise and enhance their competitiveness and professional reach. In particular, doctoral fellows are trained in science studies (including the History of Science and Science and Technology Studies) and/or religious studies broadly conceived. Candidates may come from any discipline if they are interested in either of these two fields, or their intersection.

Fellowship Requirements

Research Project:

In their first year of the fellowship, doctoral fellows are expected to develop a focused research project with two final outputs:

1. Journal submission: Fellows produce an article for submission to a peer-reviewed journal to be identified in consultation with Professor Ragab.  

2. Conference presentation: Fellows present their research to the community at the SRC annual symposium.

SRC Colloquium and Work-in-Progress (WiP) talks:

Fellows attend and participate in the biweekly SRC colloquium. The colloquium meets every other Thursday from 6-8pm. Fellows present their completed research at the Colloquium during their second year.

In addition to the colloquium, and as part of developing their project, fellows are expected to participate in closed Work-in-Progress(WiP) talks, where each fellow workshops their drafts with other fellows and the faculty director. Each fellow will present two different drafts (at two different stages) of their work in two different WiPs.

Syllabus Design:

In their second year, fellows develop a syllabus and a course plan (or a teaching statement) in their target field or discipline. The syllabi are developed in close consultation with Professor Ragab.


Applying for the Doctoral Fellows Program

Applications for the 2017-2019 Doctoral Fellow Program are no longer being accepted. Review of applications for the next cohort of Doctoral Felllows will  begin in spring, 2018. Check back then for updated application instructions.

To apply for the program, please submit the following materials:

a. Statement of purpose: A cover letter of 1–2 pages explaining your interest in the study of science, religion, and culture, and why you would like to be a part of this program specifically. The SoP should also include a description of the project you will pursue during the fellowship.

b. Curriculum vitae

c. Writing sample: please submit a paper of about 15 pages.

Send your application as a single PDF to

Review of applications starts on May 15, 2017. 

Doug Bafford

Doug Bafford

Doctoral Fellow, 2016-2018

Doug Bafford is a doctoral student in anthropology at Brandeis University. His research poses questions within the anthropology of religion, particularly how people negotiate alternative ways of knowing and how the religious sphere carries over into other dimensions of social life.... Read more about Doug Bafford

Margaretha Blignaut

Margaretha Blignaut

Doctoral Fellow, 2016-2018

Margaretha Blignaut is a third-year doctoral student in the department of Anthropology. Her research focuses on the production and circulation of heritage claims, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which the evidentiary terrain of Roma heritage claims are being impacted by population genetic scholarship and the dynamics of heritage regimes across Europe. 

Mariam Goshadze

Mariam Goshadze

Doctoral Fellow, 2016-2018

Mariam Goshadze is a doctoral student in the Committee on the Study of Religion who works on indigenous religion in Ghana’s capital, Accra. Her research is at the crossroads of sensory anthropology, historical analysis, urban anthropology and sonic studies.... Read more about Mariam Goshadze