Sinai and Synapses: Call for Fellows

Sinai and Synapses: Call for Fellows July 31, 2017

Connor Wood shared this call for applications for a fellowship on religion and science, the deadline for which is today:


Applications due July 31st.

Do you want to learn from some of the top scientists, theologians and thinkers in the world?

Do you want to meet and network with a diverse and yet intimate group of scientists, clergy and writers who will inspire you and challenge you?

Are you frustrated that the public discourse promotes an “either / or” mentality when we need a “both / and” mindset?

Do you want to explore some of the most interesting and important topics facing our world today, and where both religion and science can bring wisdom to the conversation?

Then discover the Sinai and Synapses Fellowship!

What is it?

The Sinai and Synapses Fellowship is a select interfaith group of clergy, scientists and writers who are committed to elevating the discourse surrounding religion and science. It is supported by grant funding secured with the assistance of The Issachar Fund.

The Fellows aim to personalize the relationship between religion and science, and are models for a productive conversation surrounding religion and science. They are dedicated to exploring their own stories, their own commitments and their own doubts — and learning about and from other people’s journeys, as well. Indeed, our previous Fellowshave included Episcopal priests, psychology doctoral students, rabbis, a Catholic professor of Old Testament, and a geneticist.

The Fellowship is designed to encourage curiosity, cross-pollination, and the creation of new questions to explore. Every Fellow has an interest in both science and religion, as well as a professional / academic background in one or the other. The Fellows engage their communities and create meaningful content (such as our Discussion Forum or our “More Light, Less Heat” series) and programs, helping people discover that science and religion are not simply ideas, but involve real concerns that affect real people’s lives.

What do Fellows get out of it?

Sinai and Synapses Fellows get to:

  • Come together in person to New York City six times over two years (three times each in November, February and May) for learning, connections and content creation. Sinai and Synapses will cover the costs of airfare or train, ground transportation, and a minimum of one night in a hotel for each meeting. For those applying from outside of North America, please contact us.
  • Join a dynamic and robust network of scholars, clergy, doctoral students and writers who are committed to elevating the discourse surrounding religion and science.
  • Learn with some of the most interesting and dynamic thought leaders on topics like “Belief and Knowledge, Doubt and Uncertainty,” “Technology and Religion: Remaining Human in a Co-Created World,” and “When Science Heals, When Religion Heals.”
  • Gain new skills for communicating with audiences on challenging, controversial and important subjects.
  • Discover opportunities to work with people in different areas of expertise and different backgrounds, yet who share a common set of values and sense of purpose…

The ideal Fellow is someone who is:

  • A professional in either religion or science (e.g. clergy person, working scientist, educator, professor, doctoral student, medical professional, journalist)
  • Passionate about elevating the discourse surrounding religion and science
  • A believer that both religion and science can have great value in our society
  • Deeply curious about new ideas and new perspectives
  • Excited about learning from both experts and peers
  • Respectful when challenging others, and willing to be challenged themselves
  • Searching for new questions, rather than trying to find answers
  • Aware that there are often multiple truths on any subject
  • Able to create content and run programs in his/her field
  • Active on social media

For more information about the Fellowship, please contact us.

Applications for the 2017-2019 Sinai and Synapses Fellowship are due by 11:59 pm on Monday, July 31st, 2017.

More information on the Sinai and Synapses website.

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