Claremont Prize for the Study of Religion

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.

Applicants should submit the following materials to Marianna Pecoraro at
1) Completed application form (found at this link:
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


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