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Call for Applications: Claremont Prize for the Study of Religion, Columbia University

October 1, 2019

The Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life at Columbia University is happy to announce the Claremont Prize for the Study of Religion, which is dedicated to the publication of first books by early career scholars working in any discipline of the humanities or social sciences.

This competition will give scholars the opportunity to travel to Columbia University and workshop their manuscript with a group of dedicated faculty/experts. Short-listed manuscripts will undergo a peer review process with Columbia University Press, and prize-winners will see their book published in the IRCPL book series at CUP.

We are accepting applications from scholars who have received their PhD in or after 2012 and who are looking to publish their first single-authored book. Submissions can be on any aspect of the study of religion, including the study of secularism. The deadline for applications is October 1, 2019.


October 1, 2019: Deadline for submission
November 2019: Notification by selection committee of short list
November 2019 – February 2020: Short-listed manuscripts peer reviewed by Columbia University Press
March 2020: Prize winners announced by IRCPL
May 2020: Workshop for winning books at Columbia University

Submission Instructions

Applicants should submit the following materials to Marianna Pecoraro at mp3699@columbia.edu. Please merge application form, CV and book précis into one PDF file; the book manuscript should be sent as a separate PDF file. All file names should include the applicant’s last name.

  1. Completed application form (found here).
  2. Brief CV. Maximum 2 pages. Please include contact details for two references.
  3. Book Précis. Maximum 2000 words. Please include: (a) Title; (b) Abstract; (c) Full description (thesis, purpose, methodological approach, and intended contribution to literature); (d) Chapter outline; and (e) Market considerations and intended audience.
  4. Full Book Manuscript, including low-res images (if applicable).

More information can be found at https://ircpl.columbia.edu/resources/claremont-prize/