About the Project

The Self, Virtue & Public Life is a three-year research initiative based at the University of Oklahoma. Funded with generous support from the Templeton Religion Trust, the purpose of the project is to:

  1. Support new research on topics related to the self, virtue and public life; and
  2. Integrate outreach on civic virtue into education and community organizations in Oklahoma.

The project period is from September 1, 2018 - February 28, 2022. See below for an overview of the project activities.

Research Activities

Outreach Activities

This project is made possible by a generous grant from the Templeton Religion Trust

Global Reach

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Letters of Intent

100 research teams from 79 institutions and 17 countries submitted letters of intent to apply for 10 subawards.

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135 early career researchers from 93 institutions and 14 countries applied for our 2019-21 postdoctoral fellowships.

From the Blog

August 3, 2020

Dr. Berk Esen shares opinion on conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque

Dr. Berk Esen, a consultant on the project, “Mindful Moral Identity and Public Virtue among Humanitarian and Democratizing Justice Exemplars in the Context of Turkey,” which is funded by the “Self, Virtue, and Public Life Project,” shared his opinions on BBC World about conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque.  Click to Listen
April 20, 2020

Post-docs in Leadership and Character in Computer Science and Engineering at Wake Forest

We have two new postdoctoral fellowships with the Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest, one in collaboration with the Department of Computer Science and another in collaboration with the Department of Engineering. They are supported by grants from the Lilly Endowment and Kern Family Foundation, respectively. Links to the full job descriptions are below: Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow, Program for Leadership and Character […]
March 9, 2020

3-year research fellowships with the Oxford Character Project

Oxford Character Project is recruiting five University of Oxford postdoctoral fellows (four Research Fellows and a Psychology Research Fellow) to work on a 3-year, Templeton-funded project, exploring the intersection between character formation, leadership development and institutional culture in four specific sectors: business, finance, law and technology. We will conduct research in these industries and design and deliver character and leadership development […]