Call for Applicants: ICRS-Ford Full Ph.D. Research Fellowship

Thursday, February 12th, 2015, 08:12 WIB

Call for Applicants 

ICRS-Ford Full Ph.D. Research Fellowship

Religion, Justice, Reconciliation and Peace

2015-2016 Academic Year


The Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) is a consortium of three universities: Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), State Islamic University (UIN) Sunan Kalijaga (UIN), and Duta Wacana Christian University (UKDW). The Consortium offers the only doctoral program in inter-religious studies based in a major, multi-religious national university. The primary strength of ICRS is the study of Indonesian religions, which includes the largest and most dynamic Muslim population in the world. ICRS also has strong resources for the study of Indonesian Christianity and can facilitate research on Balinese Hinduism, Indonesian Buddhism, Indonesian Chinese religions and indigenous local religions. ICRS encourages comparative study with religious movements in other parts of the world.

The Ph.D. Program is in English and takes four years. Students may specialize in any academic field with a primary focus of study on Cultural and Historical Studies of Religions (anthropology, history, and literary studies); Religion and Contemporary Issues, combining social sciences and ethics to study issues such as post-colonialism, globalization, justice, inter-religious dialogue, human rights, environment/ecology, religion and science, gender, democracy, civil society, community development, conflict, violence, and disaster recovery; and Comparative Interpretation of Sacred Texts, including different hermeneutical and exegetical (tafsir) methods for relating texts to public life. For more information, please go to our website at

During its first five years, ICRS established strong institutional and educational policies and built working partnerships with leading educational institutions in many countries, including Berkeley, Boston, Cape Town, Duke, Georgetown, Leiden, Monash, Oxford, Singapore, etc.  This has led to some excellent conferences and research projects.  For the next five years, ICRS will focus more attention on research.  There are many NGO’s in Indonesia, involved in activism for various causes of peace and justice.  However the interaction between activist NGOs and academic institutions is minimal.  ICRS believes that building a good society that is characterized by peace and justice, requires good research that is allied with grass roots activism.  ICRS is committed to “Action Research”, which is oriented to social change, rather than just “science for science sake”.  Research normally has a descriptive, neutral aspect to map and describe reality, and provide base points from which we can measure change.  Action research also has a normative aspect, to show directions that can help build a just and peaceful society, especially from the perspective of victims or marginalized groups within the society.

An example of this is the conference we held with Georgetown and Boston universities on religious resurgence in Southeast Asia.  At this conference, funded by Cordaid (Netherlands), Georgetown University and Ford Foundation, we invited activists and academics from Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand as well as Western countries, to discuss the impact of religious resurgence on social change, politics and economics in Southeast Asia.  Of particular interest was the impact of women on mass, lay movements for religious renewal.  Leadership of women is not necessarily correlated with gender sensitivity.  In some countries the impact of religion on politics has a negative impact on the rights of women.  Interaction between activists and academics is not always easy.  Different orientations generate different kinds of language and different agendas.  However, both groups agreed that the interaction was very valuable, both for providing much deeper analysis of the issues by the academics and a sharper orientation to conditions “on the ground” by the activists.

ICRS now invites applicants for One Competitive, Full Ph.D. Research Fellowship in Inter-Religious Studies with a research focus on Religion, Justice, Reconciliation and Peace. The Ph.D. Research Fellowship is part of the project entitled “Foundations for Peace & Justice Through The Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS/IRS)”, which is supported by the Ford Foundation.


The selected fellow will begin his or her full Ph.D. Research Fellowship in September 2015 with a probation period of one academic semester. The fellowship will cover the fellow’s tuition, monthly stipend and possible funding for research travels. If the fellow were an Indonesian national, he or she will be required to undergo a sandwich program for at least one semester in one of ICRS’ partner universities. Throughout his or her studies, the fellow will involve in the research project entitled on Foundations for Peace & Justice through the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies.


To be considered, all applicants should fulfill the general requirements to enter ICRS Ph.D. program (please see details in The fellow will be listed as a Ph.D. student in Inter-Religious Studies (S3 IRS) UGM and will receive a Ph.D. degree from the same university.  In addition to the general requirements, all applicants should:

  • Hold at least a Master’s degree in religion and conflict resolution, peace, cross-cultural studies, social and political sciences, international relations, public policy, religious studies, theology and other relevant disciplines;
  • Write one-page motivation letter why applying for the fellowship. 
  • Write a brief research proposal that relates to the overall theme of the research project;
  • Have an ITP TOEFL score of at least 525 or its equivalent;   
  • Be able to work independently and under pressure;
  • Be able to fulfill research targets and objectives;
  • Proven track record of research;
  • Have superb writing skills;
  • Meet the procedure and submit all required supporting documents.


Application procedure and forms are available at or by request to through email at  Late applicants will not be considered.  Application should reach ICRS office by no longer than March 31, 2015.      



For further information, please contact:

Hendrikus Paulus Kaunang, M.A.

Academic Coordinator

Ph.D. Program in Inter-Religious Studies

Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS)

Lt. 3, Gedung Sekolah Pascasarjana UGM

Jln. Teknika Utara Pogung Yogyakarta

Telp/fax: +62 274 562 570;