Outside Funding Opportunities

Master's Research Funding Opportunities

Scholarships are listed alphabetically by the name of the sponsoring organization. Unless otherwise noted, please submit applications for funding directly to the sponsoring organization.

Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty: Calihan Academic Fellowships

The Calihan Academic Fellowships provide scholarships and research grants to future scholars and religious leaders whose academic work shows outstanding potential. Applicants studying theology, philosophy, economics, or related fields must demonstrate the potential to advance understanding in the relationship between theology and the principles of the free and virtuous society.

Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty: Calihan Travel Grants

The Calihan Travel Grants provide financial assistance to students who have been selected to present, at an academic conference, research relevant to themes promoted by the Acton Institute. Such themes include the integration of theological ideas with principles of limited government, rule of law, religious freedom, and economic liberty. Grants are also open to students who need to travel to, and perform research at, archives or libraries or to attend educational conferences that involve the above themes.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation, Inc.

The Educational Advancement Foundation (EAF) is committed to the idea that academic excellence comes in many forms. The three ways in which the EAF carries out its mission are through academic scholarships, fellowships, and community assistance awards:

American Academy of Religion Collaborative Research Grants

Collaborative grants are intended to stimulate cooperative research among scholars in different institutions, with a focus on a clearly identified research project. They may also be used for interdisciplinary work with scholars outside the field of religion, especially when such work shows promise of continuing beyond the year funded. Collaborative project proposals are expected to describe plans for having the results of the research published.

American Academy of Religion Individual Research Grants

These grants provide support for important aspects of research such as travel to archives and libraries, research assistance, field work, and released time. Grant awards range from $500 to $5000.

To apply, visit the American Academy of Religion website.

American Historical Association Albert J. Beveridge Grant

The American Historical Association's Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research in the History of the Western Hemisphere provides modest grants to support research in the history of the Western hemisphere (United States, Canada, and Latin America). The funds for this program come from the earnings of the Albert J. Beveridge Memorial Fund. Only members of the Association are eligible.

American Historical Association Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grants for Research in European, African, or Asian History

The funds for this program come from the earnings of a bequest from Bernadotte E. Schmitt, president of the American Historical Association in 1960. Only members of the association are eligible to apply. The grants are intended to further research in progress and may be used for travel to a library or archive, for microfilms, photographs, or photocopying—a list of purposes that is meant to be merely illustrative, not exhaustive (other expenses, such as child care, can be included).

American Historical Association Littleton-Griswold Research Grant for Research in U.S. Legal History

The American Historical Association is accepting applications for the Littleton-Griswold Research Grant for research in U.S. legal history and in the general field of law and society. The funds for this program come from the earnings of the Littleton-Griswold Fund. Only members of the Association are eligible to apply.

American Theological Library Association

The Publications Committee of the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) awards publication grants each year to one or more recipients to aid in the development of a scholarly work that advances some aspect of theological librarianship or provides bibliographic access to a significant body of literature within theological or religious studies. The committee especially encourages proposals from persons undertaking their first major project in this area.

American-Scandinavian Foundation

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (normally $5,000) to individuals to pursue research or study in one or more of the Scandinavian countries for up to one year. Awards are made in all fields. Please visit the foundation's website for more information.

Asian Art and Religion Fellowship Program

The Asian Art and Religion Fellowship Program offered by the Asian Arts Council focuses on the relationship between the artistic and religious traditions of Asia, and enables American scholars, specialists, and artists to conduct research and undertake projects in Asia involving the interdisciplinary analysis of religion and the arts. Up to five research fellowships or travel grants are awarded each year through this program.

CrossCurrents Magazine Annual Research Colloquium Fellowship

The CrossCurrents Research Colloquium Fellowship provides successful applicants with the opportunity to integrate his or her faith tradition with the life of the mind, and to outline a project that will be of interest to those outside his or her area of academic specialization or religious tradition. The colloquium runs for four weeks during July in New York City.

Episcopal Divinity School's Jonathan M. Daniels Memorial Fellowship

The Jonathan M. Daniels Memorial Fellowships, awarded annually, are intended to set students in accredited theological schools free from their academic life and commitments to be engaged directly in some area of social concern, such as racial equality, civil rights, fair housing, community organization, or environmental issues. They are not intended to support research, supervised field education, existing nonprofit organizations, or any activity that is primarily based in the school curriculum itself.

Harvard Divinity School Center for the Study of World Religions

The Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) and Harvard Divinity School (HDS) are pleased to announce the availability of the Dana McLean Greeley International Internship for an HDS student interested in furthering interreligious understanding. The Greeley International Internship honors the Rev. Dana McLean Greeley, AB '31, STB '33, who believed that people of all backgrounds and faiths are deeply connected to one another and should work together for positive social change.

Harvard University Asia Center Graduate Research Grants

The Harvard University Asia Center offers grants to support graduate research during the summer relating to any country in East, South, and Southeast Asia. The competition is open to graduate students from all Schools at Harvard at all stages of their academic careers. Grants will not exceed $3,000. 

Harvard University Committee on General Scholarships: Frank Knox Traveling Fellowships

Frank Knox Traveling Fellowships are awarded to Harvard College seniors and Harvard graduate students for one academic year of travel, study, and/or research in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. The Knox Traveling Fellowship provides a lump-sum stipend that is paid to the recipient before he or she leaves the U.S. The fellowship can be combined with other sources of funding, subject to the approval of the Committee on General Scholarships (CGS).

Harvard University Committee on General Scholarships: Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowships

Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowships are awarded to Harvard graduate students for one academic year of travel, study, and/or research outside the United States. Although the intent of this fellowship program is to provide Harvard graduate students with the opportunity to spend an academic year abroad, applications from students interested in travel, study, or research within the United States are considered on a case-by-case basis. In no event are Sheldon Fellowships awarded to students who wish to study or conduct research at Harvard or in the greater Boston area.

Harvard University Committee on General Scholarships: Sinclair Kennedy Traveling Fellowships

Sinclair Kennedy Traveling Fellowships are awarded to Harvard graduate students for one academic year of travel, study, and/or research outside the United States. The fellowship provides a lump-sum stipend that is paid to the recipient before he or she leaves the U.S. The fellowship can be combined with other sources of funding, subject to the approval of the Committee on General Scholarships (CGS).

Harvard University Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies offers grants to support graduate research during the summer in or relating to China and Taiwan. The competition is open to graduate students from all Schools at Harvard at all stages of their academic careers. Grants will not exceed $3,000. Recipients are required to submit, upon their return, a brief report on their work over the summer.

Harvard University Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The FLAS Fellowship competition is open to US citizens and permanent residents whose academic interests involve studies in East Asia, East Europe, Africa or the Middle East. Approved programs may be interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary and must always include study or research in an approved language of the area of specialization. Nominees and alternates are selected by a World Area Committee composed of faculty representatives from each of the priority fields of study.

Harvard University Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston

Harvard University's Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston offers summer public policy fellowships. The fellowships offer 12 graduate students paid, 10-week summer internships in key state and local agencies in the Greater Boston area. Fellows also participate in a weekly seminar series with leading practitioners and scholars and are required to write a short essay related to their experiences. Fellows receive a $7,000 stipend.

Harvard University Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Support of graduate and undergraduate students is an important priority for the Weatherhead Center. Generous grants from the Weatherhead Foundation and from the Hartley R. Rogers family allow the Center to provide extensive research opportunities for students. These funds complement our student programs funds from the Weatherhead Foundation and the Maurice and Sarah Samuels family, allowing us to offer exciting programs for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Harvard-China Scholarships

An agreement between Harvard University and the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China provides Harvard undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens the opportunity to study or conduct research in China for one academic year. The Ministry of Education arranges for the recipient's admission to one of approximately 80 Chinese universities that are approved to accept foreign students by the Ministry of Education and the China Scholarship Council.

International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons

The International Order of the King's Daughters and Sons offers a Student Ministry Scholarship, available to students enrolled in a master of divinity program. Awards are usually for $1,000 for the academic year and must be used toward tuition. More specific application criteria can be found on the website.

John Carter Brown Library Fellowships

John Carter Brown (JCB) Library Fellowships are available to graduate, doctoral, and postdoctoral students in the humanities whose research can benefit from time spent in the library’s collections. The JCB, an independently funded institution for advanced research at Brown University, offers residential fellowships to scholars and writers working on all aspects of the Americas in the early modern period. Both long- and short-term awards are available at stipends ranging from $2,100 to $4,200 per month.

Mater Dei Institute of Education

Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin, Ireland, is holding an international, interdisciplinary conference and graduate summer school. This four-day event will consist of plenary addresses, concurrent sessions for academic papers, and graduate workshops, all of which will focus on the themes raised in Charles Taylor's recent work, A Secular Age. Additionally, the graduate summer school will provide participants with an opportunity to attend a series of workshops facilitated by leading theologians, philosophers, and sociologists.

Newberry Library Fellowships

The Newberry Library Fellowships are available to graduate, doctoral, and postdoctoral students in the humanities whose research would benefit from time spent in the library's collections. Newberry's collections concern the civilizations of Western Europe and the Americas from the late middle ages to the early twentieth century. A number of long- and short-term fellowships are available at stipends of $1,800 to $35,000.

Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University

The Newhouse Graduate Newspaper Fellowship and Apprenticeship for Minorities is a highly competitive 30-month program that provides two generous awards each year to minority students who have majored in subjects other than journalism as undergraduates. It is supported by the Newhouse Foundation. Please visit the Newhouse School of Public Communications website for more information.

Novak Award

The Novak Award, named after distinguished American theologian Michael Novak, provides a $10,000 award for new outstanding scholarly research into the relationship between religion, economic freedom, and the free and virtuous society. This award recognizes those scholars early in their academic career who demonstrate outstanding intellectual merit in advancing the understanding of theology's connection to human dignity, the importance of the rule of law, limited government, religious liberty, and freedom in economic life.

Smithsonian Institution Graduate Student Fellowships

The Smithsonian Institution encourages access to its collections, staff specialties, and reference resources by visiting scholars, scientists, and students. The Institution offers in-residence appointments for research and study using its facilities, and the advice and guidance of its staff members.

W. B. Small Trust

The W. B. Small Trust scholarship is offered to a full-time Christian student working on a master of divinity degree at an accredited seminary who has a strong Iowa connection and a goal of ordained ministry. The scholarship is $2,500 per year (renewable up to a three-year total) and is awarded on both merit and financial need. If you are interested in applying, please visit the Office of Financial Aid to pick up a copy of the application. For further information contact Joan M. Youngblut at joblut@mchsi.com.

World Council of Churches

The World Council of Churches provides scholarship assistance to study abroad for candidates recommended by churches and church-related organizations. Applicants should have a college degree as well as several years of work experience. Nominated candidates must commit to returning to their home country upon completion of study to take up the task for which the training was requested. Scholarships are normally provided for periods between three months and two years.