The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce a three-year research project examining “The Consequences of Formal Education for Science and Religion” (Project Director: Cristine H. Legare). Grand claims have been made about the impact of education on demographic and economic outcomes, but much less is known about how it impacts the kind of beliefs, values, and practices individuals and groups adopt. This project will systematically document the changes that take place in religion-and-science narratives when individuals, communities, and societies experience formal education. It will ask: How does formal education change the scientific and religious beliefs, values, and behaviors of individuals and groups? In what ways do they change? And why?

Approximately $2 million will be made available to fund:

  • Nine large grants awards with a maximum request of $200,000 for empirical research

  • Three graduate student fellowships of $50,000