Western Psychological Association

Fellowship Announcement (http://www.moralbeacons.org/)

“The Morally Exceptional: Who are They and How do They Function?”

Fellowship Announcement (http://www.moralbeacons.org/)

Wake Forest University, with the help of a generous grant from The Templeton Religion Trust, welcomes proposals for the “The Morally Exceptional: Who are They and How do They Function?” funding initiative. We aim to support young scholars working on the study of moral exceptionality, who often have new and interesting ideas but who have not yet benefitted from traditional funding sources. Thus, we would give preference to proposals from PIs who are within ten years of receiving their Ph.D. However, more senior investigators can also be included on proposals in other roles. We envision applicants from personality, social, and developmental psychology in particular, but possibly other subfields as well, who are interested in the psychological nature of moral exceptionality. Interdisciplinary teams of psychologists working with faculty in other disciplines, especially philosophy or theology, are encouraged (but team-based proposals are not required).

Fellowship Description

Fellowship Directors: William Fleeson and R. Michael Furr, Wake Forest University

This $1.0 million dollar RFP is aimed at empirical studies designed to find and define the morally exceptional, test whether they really are morally exceptional, determine how they got that way, and identify the processes underlying their moral behavior. Proposals can request between $50,000 and $200,000 for projects not to exceed two years in duration. We hope to make 5 to 10 awards.

Letters of Intent are due by Nov. 30, 2015. Notification will be made by Jan. 15, 2016, with submission of full proposals no later than March 30th, 2016. Final award decisions will be issued by June 15th, 2016 for research to begin on September 1st, 2016.

For more information, please go to http://www.moralbeacons.org/.

William Fleeson