Call for Investigators into the Big Questions of Astrobiology

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Photo credit: NASA
Photo credit: NASA

Astrobiology poses many big questions about the origin and evolution of life on Earth by considering the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe. To explore these possibilities, The Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI) is now inviting applications for an intensive residential program, “Searching For Life: An Inquiry on the Societal Implications of Astrobiology.” Supported by the John Templeton Foundation and NASA, the program asks questions such as: How might different forms of life impact the artistic imagination? How can philosophy grapple with expanding definitions of life? What would life on other planets mean for the world’s religions?

CTI seeks scholars in theology, humanities, the arts, religious studies, philosophy, and social sciences who would like to explore such questions and who welcome the opportunity to participate in discussions with current scientific investigations in astrobiology.

Successful applicants will be awarded fellowships of up to $70,000 and provided with resources to enable them to work full-time as members of the resident research team at CTI in Princeton, NJ, from September 2016 to May 2017. Applications are due by January 15, 2016, and full details are available online.