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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.

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 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. 

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 Society of Overseas Research  – ASOR offers fellowship and scholarship support for excavations and for participation in the ASOR Annual Meeting.

American School of Classical Studies at Athens has fellowships and internships with various deadlines.

Archaeological Institute of America  – AIA offers fellowships for travel and study to scholars, as well as a number of scholarships and grants for students, publications, and AIA Societies. 

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 – ATS has faculty grant programs. 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 fellowships, most require some term of residency at their facility in Nicosia, Cyprus.

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.

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.

Council on Library and Information Resources –  offers several awards and fellowships.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest – The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest is an annual competition for full-time undergraduate juniors and seniors at accredited four-year colleges and universities in the US.

Fulbright Program – The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship program in international educational exchange, offers numerous 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. 

Forum for Theological Exploration –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 Congress – The John W. Kluge Center  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.

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.

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.

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.

Moore College- offers a scholarship for a Moore College PhD candidate. The award covers the fees plus $10,000 per year up to three years. It will be awarded on the basis of academic merit of the research proposal and the potential contribution to the field of study.

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.

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.  

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.

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).



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