Astrobiology and religion

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is now accepting applications for the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology and wishes to encourage religion scholars to consider an application. The application deadline is December 1, 2016.

The Astrobiology Chair is a distinguished senior research position in residence at the Library of Congress for a period of up to twelve months. Using research facilities and services at the Library of Congress, the scholar engages in research at the intersection of the science of astrobiology and its human and social implications. The appointment ensures the subject of astrobiology’s role in culture and society receives considered treatment each year in Washington, D.C.

The Chair is open to scholars and leading thinkers in the fields of astrobiology, astronomy, planetary science, the history of science, philosophy, religion, sociology, anthropology, ethics, literature, the arts, paleontology, Earth and atmospheric sciences, geological sciences or other fields. The Chair may undertake research on a wide range of issues related to how life begins and evolves, or examine the social, theological, ethical, legal, and cultural concerns that arise from researching the origins, evolution, and nature of life in the universe.

Information about the Chair may be found on our website: A stipend during the term of appointment supports the scholar.

APPLY ONLINE: Applications can now be submitted online through the Kluge Center’s new online application system. Save and return to your application, manage letters of reference, and receive confirmation of submission all through our online portal. Visit to get started.

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