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Career Tools- Grants and Fellowships

There is a wide range of grants and fellowships for the biblical scholar. Most can be found with a search of the internet but we list a few here to get started. We will also post special fellowship opportunities that are sent in periodically.

American Academy in Rome – The American Academy in Rome is one of the leading American overseas centers for independent study and advanced research in the fine arts and the humanities. Through its annual Rome Prize fellowship program, the Academy supports up to thirty individuals working in archaeology, architecture, classical studies, design arts, historic preservation and conservation, history of art, landscape architecture, literature, modern Italian studies, musical composition, post-classical humanistic studies and visual arts. The Academy community is strengthened by the recipients of other fellowships and by large numbers of Visiting Artists and Scholars who rent rooms, apartments and studios during the course of the year. The community increases to include graduate students and high school teachers during the summer months, when the Academy's Classical Summer School and National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar take place.

American Academy of Religion – To fulfill its commitment to advance research in religion, the AAR each year grants awards ranging from $500 to $5,000 each to support projects proposed by AAR members and selected by the Academy's Research Grants Review Committee. AAR grants are for both individual and collaborative research.

American Oriental Society – The AOS is the oldest learned society in the United States devoted to a particular field of scholarship, having been founded in 1842. The encouragement of basic research in the languages and literatures of Asia has always been central in its tradition. The research of AOS includes such subjects as philology, literary criticism, textual criticism, paleography, epigraphy, linguistics, biography, archaeology, and the history of the intellectual and imaginative aspects of Oriental civilizations, especially of philosophy, religion, folklore and art.

American Center of Oriental Research – The American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan, is a private, non-profit academic institution dedicated to promoting research and publication in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, history, languages, biblical studies, Arabic, Islamic studies and other aspects of Near Eastern studies. Its fellowships, applications for which are usually due in the first months of the year, are numerous and diverse.

American Council of Learned Societies – ACLS offers fellowships and grants in more than a dozen programs for research in the humanities and related social sciences at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. In 2010, awards of over $15 million were made to more than 380 scholars, in the humanities and related social sciences, which include but are not limited to American studies; anthropology; archaeology; art and architectural history; classics; economics; film; geography; history; languages and literatures; legal studies; linguistics; musicology; philosophy; political science; psychology; religious studies; rhetoric, communication, and media studies; science, technology, and medicine studies; sociology; and theater, dance, and performance studies.

American Research Institute in Turkey – The American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to promoting American and Turkish research and exchange related to Turkey in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. ARIT offers a number of fellowships both U.S.-based and overseas-based in fields such as Turkish history, art and architecture, general aspects of cultural history, and language studies.

American Schools of Oriental Research – ASOR supports and encourages the study of the peoples and cultures of the Near East, from the earliest times to the present. Founded in 1900, ASOR is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that is apolitical and has no religious affiliation. ASOR communicates news of the latest research findings in its publications and through lectures at its Annual Meeting, while its overseas institutes host scholars working in the Middle East.

For more information on other grants, fellowships, and scholarships through ASOR, please visit their website. ASOR has affiliate centers in Israel, Jordan, Cyprus, and Iraq that also offer resources and opportunities.

American School of Classical Studies at Athens has fellowships and interships with various deadlines: Elizabeth A. Whitehead Visiting Professors, Director of the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory of Archaeological Science, , Directors of the ASCSA Summer Sessions 2015 (Gertrude Smith Professors) as well as internships in Archival, Non-Profit Administration, Development, Marketing & Event Management.

Archaeological Institute of America – AIA is pleased to offer six fellowships for travel and study to deserving scholars, as well as a number of scholarships and grants for students, publications, and AIA Societies. Fellowships, scholarships, and grants are open to members of the Archaeological Institute of America. The AIA also lists outside grants and fellowships.

Association for the Sociology of Religion – ASR lists grant and funding opportunities in the field of sociology of religion. Sometimes these grants are provided by secondary sources.

Association of Theological Schools – Through its faculty grant programs, ATS seeks to (1) develop theological research that serves the needs of theological schools, communities of faith, and the wider society and (2) enhance faculty skill and capacity as theological researchers and scholars. Applicants to these programs must be full-time faculty members at ATS accredited and candidate member schools.

The Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI) is affiliated with the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), CAARI offers world-class resources through our comprehensive library of materials relating to Cyprus and adjacent geographic regions. Visiting students and scholars can find living quarters as well as technical and logistical support facilities.They also offer fellowships.

Center for the Study of Religion – The Center for the Study of Religion brings a select number of pre-tenure scholars and recent Ph.D. graduates to Princeton University to study religion and religious history. The fellows, who are appointed by the Dean of the Faculty, devote time to serving the intellectual life of the Center and the University through mentoring graduate and undergraduate students and participating in one of the Center's weekly interdisciplinary seminar.

The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences - CTNS is committed to drawing theologians, religious scholars, ethicists, philosophers, and historians into conversation with natural scientists to foster a legacy of mutually enriching scholarship. The J.K. Russell Fellowship in Religion and Science has enabled senior scholars in the field of theology and the natural sciences to visit the Graduate Theological Union and CTNS and to conduct research, teach courses, and present public lectures. These visiting scholars and research fellows often contribute to CTNS publications as well as give a presentation to a CTNS/GTU graduate course.

Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities – The Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities, with grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the William R. Kenan Trust, appoints a number of post-doctoral fellows in the humanities. Fellows are appointed as Lecturers in appropriate departments at Columbia University and as postdoctoral research fellows. The fellowship is renewable for a second and third year, involves teaching, and requires attendance at the Society's lectures and events as well as active participation in the intellectual life of the Society and of the department with which the Fellow is affiliated.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest – The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest is an annual competition designed to challenge college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action. Full-time undergraduate juniors and seniors at accredited four-year colleges and universities in the US are welcome to enter the Essay Contest.

Fulbright Program – The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship program in international educational exchange, offers numerous highly competitive grants to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. General areas of grants include the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program; Visiting Fulbright Scholar Program; Pre-Doctoral Fellowships; the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program; the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program; the College and University Affiliations Program; and the Fulbright-Hays Foreign Area and Language Training Programs.

Fund for Theological Education – From fellowships for prospective and current seminary students to recruitment initiatives for congregations, FTE offers many different kind of resources for many different needs. Its programs include Undergraduates Exploring Ministry; Support for Seminary Students; African-American Ph.D./Th.D. Scholars; Racial/Ethnic Ph.D./Th.D. Scholars; Calling Congregations; Programs for High School Youth; Programs for Colleges and Universities; and New Pastor Support.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation – The MacArthur Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking institution dedicated to helping groups and individuals foster lasting improvement in the human condition.  It makes grants and loans through four programs:

Library of CongressThe John W. Kluge Center also accommodates up to two dozen post-doctoral Fellows pursuing resident research, usually for periods from six to twelve months. Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural topics of a kind normally not encouraged in specialized departmental settings are welcome. Selection of a diverse group of Fellows is by various competitions. Post-doctoral Fellows have an opportunity to discuss their research with the Kluge Scholars and to explore possibilities for intellectual collaboration with other Fellows.

Louisville Institute - The Louisville Institute offers eight grant programs. Each gives preference to proposals that creatively bring together the wisdom of pastors and academics on behalf of American Christians and their churches. Applicants may apply to only one program during a given grant year.

  • The Pastoral Study Project Program offers pastoral leaders opportunity to conduct serious investigation of issues related to Christian life, faith, and ministry. Grants of up to $15,000 are available for study projects involving full or partial leave from the responsibilities of ministry.
    Deadline: September 1
  • The Project Grant for Researchers Program supports a diverse range of research and research-related projects undertaken in the interest of believing communities. Projects might include short-term periods of research, consultations about one’s research involving pastors and academics, or collaborative, innovative projects that promise to enhance learning and strengthen the church. Particularly attractive to the Louisville Institute are projects that involve both academics and pastors in genuinely collaborative inquiry. All funded projects should involve substantial opportunity for learning that will benefit the church. Grant amounts up to $25,000 are available.
    Deadline: October 1
  • The Sabbatical Grant for Researchers Program assists research and writing projects that will advance religious and theological scholarship in ways that also address practical issues concerning Christian faith and life, pastoral leadership, and/or religious institutions. Ordinarily applicants will be fully employed in accredited academic institutions and will be eligible for up to a full academic year leave from teaching. While pastoral leaders are eligible to apply, their proposals will likely be more competitive in the Pastoral Study Project program. Grant amounts up to $40,000 are available.
    Deadline: November 1
  • The First Book Grant Program for Minority Scholars assists junior, non-tenured religion scholars of color to complete a major research project on an issue in North American Christianity related to the priorities of the Louisville Institute. Grant periods are typically one academic year in length. The maximum award is $40,000.
    Deadline: January 15
  • The Collaborative Inquiry Team Program supports teams of four to six pastors and professors who propose projects to strengthen the life of North American Christian congregations. Each team will spend three years exploring together a question of vital importance to the church. For this round of funding, we are particularly interested in projects that investigate some aspect of the economy, health care, or peacemaking. All funded projects should involve substantial opportunity for learning that will benefit the church by addressing a living question the church faces in each of these areas. The maximum award per team over the three-year period will be $45,000.
    Deadline: On April 1, 2015 staff will begin reviewing proposals
Mellon Fellowships for Assistant Professors – The School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, with the support of the Andrew Mellon Foundation, has established a program of one year memberships for assistant professors at universities and colleges in the United States and Canada to support promising young scholars who have embarked on professional careers. While at the Institute they will be expected to engage exclusively in scholarly research and writing. The School is interested in all fields of historical research, but is concerned principally with the history of Western, Near Eastern and Far Eastern civilizations, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, the history of art, the history of science, and modern international relations.

Middle East Studies Association of North America – MESA is a private, non-profit, non-political learned society that brings together scholars, educators, and those interested in the study of the region from all over the world. It lists opportunities for awards, grants, fellowships, and prizes in related areas of scholarship that are offered other institutions.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) – Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to scholars and general audiences in the humanities for a period of six to twelve months. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, and other scholarly tools. The Endowment currently sponsors one agency-wide program, We the People, and two special initiatives, Rediscovering Afghanistan and the Digital Humanities Initiative.
NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers Each year the NEH’s Division of Education Programs offers teachers opportunities to study a variety of humanities topics in Summer Seminars and Institutes.  Please contact the specific projects listed on the website above for more information about the programs and the application process.

Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts – The Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, comprised of recent Ph.D. recipients in the humanities, and in selected social and natural sciences, seeks to promote innovative interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship and teaching. Postdoctoral (Cotsen) Fellows are appointed for three-year terms to pursue research and teach half-time in their academic department, in the Program in Humanistic Studies, or in other university programs.

South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies– International Research Opportunity: A funded research opportunity is open to post-doctoral scholars throughout the Majority World, although preference will be given to those from South Asia.

Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund – In keeping with its long-standing tradition of helping women succeed, the Talbots Charitable Foundation is proud to present a scholarship program for women looking to return to college later in life.  This program is for the 2014 academic year and includes one (1) $30,000 Nancy Talbots Scholarship Award, which is named in memory of the founder of Talbots, and thirty (30) $5,000 awards.

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship Management Services®, a division of Scholarship America®. Scholarship Management Services is the nation's largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.

Wabash Center - The Wabash Center provides funds for projects that enhance teaching and learning in the fields of religion or theology. It seeks to fund projects that a) improve the practical application of teaching and learning methods; b) create supportive environments for teachers; or c) promote a sustained conversation about pedagogy. The website provides a few suggestions as to a project’s details and notes the two types of grants available: small project grants (up to $2,500) and project grants (up to $20,000).

  • Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships support the final year of work on Ph.D. dissertations dealing with ethical or religious values in fields across the humanities and social sciences.
  • Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies has been the only national program supporting original, significant, interdisciplinary doctoral dissertations on women’s issues.


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