“Integrating Insights from Science and Philosophy into Theology”


Upcoming Events

May 25-27, 2017
Conference "Trinitätstheologie als Revision des klassischen Theismus?" in Augsburg

July 27 - August 6, 2017
Summer School 2017: "Advancing and Challenging Classical Theism" in Regensburg

October 13-14, 2017
Workshop "Analytic Christology" in Schwerte

Contact us:

Georg Gasser
Program Administrator

+43 (0)512 507 8644

+43 (0)512 507 2736


Institut für Christliche Philosophie
Universität Innsbruck
Karl-Rahner-Platz 1
A-6020 Innsbruck

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The Cluster Initiative supports the formation of interdisciplinary research groups which

  • bring philosophers and theologians together for regular conversation on a topic of mutual interest in or related to the project’s topic,
  • motivate particular outcomes that will have lasting impact in each participant’s primary discipline, and
  • provide additional financial resources (e.g. from the home institution of the group) for outside speakers who are proficient scholars of the project topic to meet with the group.


  • Each “Cluster Group” will have two “Leaders” (one from Philosophy and one from Theology).
  • The entire group consists of at least four members.
  • Applicants will present a project and corresponding budget and time plan.
  • The project includes funds for regular meetings (at least one every eight weeks) and for two or more external speakers not belonging to the group.
  • Programs should be a minimum of three semesters in duration.
  • Projects can have a maximum budget of €11,000.

Successful groups receive an additional €4,000 stipend if at least one of the following conditions is met:

  • One of the group members is able to publish a paper on the program’s topic in a peer-reviewed journal AND the (or one of the) author(s) is a young scholar (= a PhD-student or a PostDoc within three years of the awarding of the PhD).
  • A volume relevant to topics of the Nature of God Project is in preparation for publication by the conclusion of the award period.
  • A new course in analytic theology is offered within the grant period or one year after its conclusion that treats the program's topic and two "seminar leaders" (one philosopher and one theologian) are jointly engaged in teaching it.

Application process:

The judging process will proceed in two stages. Applicants first submit a maximum 1.200 word letter of intent with a brief budget outline and time plan. Full proposals (max. 2.500 words) will be invited on a competitive basis.

Applications can be send in German or English. Application materials should be submitted electronically (PDFs) to: with the subject line “Cluster Initiative”.

There will be two requests for proposals:

First round:
Deadline for short proposals (letter of intent): February 1st, 2016. Decision of the judging committee not later than February 15th, 2016.
Deadline for full proposals: April 1st, 2016. Decision of the judging committee not later than April 30th, 2016.

Second round:
Deadline for short proposals (letter of intent): June 1st, 2016. Decision of the judging committee not later than June 15th, 2016.
Deadline for full proposals: August 1st, 2016. Decision of the judging committee not later than August 30th, 2016.