Student Research Affiliates

The Pluralism Project no longer has funding to financially support student research, however we want to encourage affiliation with us and the exploration of funding from other sources. Affiliation with the Pluralism Project means your research can be included in our growing body of research and will be accessible to a broad public. Our researchers are often considered for invitations to present their work, and the Pluralism Project may continue to offer such invitations for our own conferences.

Harvard students are encouraged to apply for summer research funding through the research programs administered by the Student Employment Office, online at Students at other universities are encouraged to explore the funding possibilities through their own institutions.

Harvard's Pluralism Project invites students in the comparative study of religion, anthropology, sociology, history, government and other academic fields to participate in research on the changing contours of American religious life. We are especially interested in aspects of religious pluralism and American civil society:

  1. mapping the multireligious dynamics of particular cities and towns
  2. studying the new civic instruments of relationship between faiths, such as interfaith councils and networks, especially in the wake of 9/11
  3. understanding the emerging participation of Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Muslim, or Jain communities in civil and political life
Undergraduates and graduate students with academic backgrounds in the Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Jain, or Sikh traditions and/or in other relevant academic fields are encouraged to consider research work on this project.

Students who undertake research in affiliation with the Pluralism Project may present their work during a fall conference at Harvard University. The Pluralism Project also expects a full written report on the research, either as an independent paper or as part of a thesis project.

Application forms and information will be available online shortly.

To explore the research done in prior years, please visit:

For further information, contact Kathryn Lohre at (617) 496-2481 or e-mail