The Center for Culture, Society and Religion invites applications for Graduate Student Research Awards for the 2023-2024 academic year. These awards are for graduate students whose work engages some manifestation of religion: historical, literary, comparative, empirical, philosophical, social, or cultural. Applications are sought from across humanities and social science departments, and students who will be regularly enrolled or DCE in the coming academic year are eligible. Awards are subject to Graduate School rules and approval. Awards require active participation in the weekly interdisciplinary "Culture, Society and Religion" workshop. Award recipients are also required to attend at least one Center-sponsored event each semester during the academic year. Examples of relevant research topics can be found in our list of Graduate Student Fellows. Selection criteria include: overall scholarly merit of the project, clarity and persuasiveness of the proposal, evidence of the applicant's academic distinction, and likelihood that the applicant will contribute effectively to and benefit from participation in the interdisciplinary seminar.

Graduate Student Research Awards are for $7,000 and are intended to support the student's participation in the academic-year workshop. Up to 50% of the award may be received during the summer preceding the fellowship year, with the remainder distributed during the academic year and/or the following summer. These awards are intended to supplement regular University fellowships and are subject to University rules regarding enrollment and expenses.

Dissertation Completion Awards

Students who have reached Dissertation Completion Enrollment (DCE) status in the coming academic year who apply for CCSR Graduate Research Awards will additionally be considered for a small number of Dissertation Completion Awards. These awards include the full amount of DCE costs for the academic year and a stipend equal to 10 months of the University Fellowship.

Application Information

The deadline for the submission of the online application is Monday, February 27, 2023. Letters of recommendation will be accepted until March 6, 2023. It is YOUR responsibility to notify your professors of this deadline and allow ample time for them to complete their letters and upload them to SAFE. No extensions past this date can be granted.