Joseph H. Fichter Research Grant Competition

Deadline: May 1

Grant Objective and Requirements:

Fichter Research Grants are awarded annually by ASR to members of the Association involved in promising sociological research on women in religion or on the intersection between religion and gender or religion and sexualities.  A total of $12,000 is available to be awarded annually, and this amount is usually distributed among several of the leading applications in the year’s competition. Dissertation research qualifies for funding, as does postdoctoral research by junior and senior scholars.  Although these grants are open to scholars who are pursuing or currently have a Ph.D. in a range of disciplines, the proposed research must be sociological in nature.  Applicants must also be members of the Association for the Sociology of Religion at the time of application.

What the Research Grants Do and Do Not Cover: 

The Fichter Grants cover only direct research expenses, such as: (1) transportation expenses to conduct research; (2) the cost of hiring a research assistant or transcriber; (3) computer software packages that are not typically provided by a college or university (e.g., specialized statistical software packages).  They do NOT cover:  (1) secondary costs, such as facilities and administrative costs (i.e., overhead expenses) or tuition for students; (2) salary, replacement salary, summer stipends or fringe benefits for the Principal Investigator;  (3) membership dues to academic societies including ASR; (4) conference registration fees or travel costs to conferences; (5) items that can reasonably be expected to be provided by a college or university, such as computers, books, commonly used software packages, etc.; (5) any other costs which the Fichter Grant Committee and/or ASR deems to be excluded.  When Fichter Grant recipients must travel to conduct their research, Fichter funds can be used to pay for up to 50% of their food and non-alcoholic beverage expenses.  Any equipment approved by the Fichter Grant Committee for purchasing using Fichter Grant funds shall be considered the property to ASR and shall be sent to the ASR Executive Office upon completion of the research.

Application Procedure: 

Applications should include the following elements bound together in a single MS Word or PDF document:

1) A proposal of not more than five double-spaced pages (1,250 words) which outlines the rationale and plan of research. It should have a descriptive title for the research project (e.g., “A Examination of Women’s Leadership Role in Two Catholic Parishes”), present a clear research question, review previous research and theory that forms the background for the study, describe the social scientific research method(s) that will be used to carry out the research as well as a research timetable, and summarize succinctly what the research aims to discover.

2) A detailed, one-page budget.  It should indicate the items for which the applicant is seeking funding, and next to each item, the amount it will cost (in U.S. dollars) and the exact purposes for which it will be used. An itemized budget is necessary to enable the Fichter Committee to determine if the budget is reasonable and for decisions concerning partial funding.  Applicants are advised to NOT include items in their proposed budget that ASR does not cover (see above).

3) An updated curriculum vitae, including a statement of his/her qualifications to carry out the proposed research, and a current email address at which he/she can be contacted during the summer months.

Simultaneous submissions to other grant competitions are permissible if the applicant is explicit about which budget items in the Fichter grant proposal do not overlap items in other submitted proposals.  In the case of simultaneous submissions, please provide the Fichter Grant Committee with the names and contact information of these other foundations or associations to which you are applying.

All applications, including the proposal, budget, c.v., and statement of qualifications, must be in English and submitted electronically as a single MS Word or PDF document to the Chair of the Fichter Grant Committee by May 1.

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The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies

Deadline: April 15

The Foundation offers five competitions to support research and teaching.

These are global competitions. There are no restrictions as to the location of work proposed, or the citizenship/residence of applicants. The final products of  research supported may be in any language. It is especially important, therefore, to publicize the program in Asia, both because Asia is the historical home of Buddhist traditions and because it is the site of outstanding contemporary scholarship.

Although the final products of research can be in any language, all applications must be submitted in English.

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The Charlotte Hoyt Bagnall Scholarship for Church Musicians

Every year, the Charlotte Hoyt Bagnall Scholarship for Church Musicians grants awards from $300 to $1500 for study in religious music and liturgy. The awards are intended to help musicians improve their ability to support religious worship services and are typically used for music lessons; high school, college or graduate level studies related to organ or religious music; or attendance at attendance at seminars.

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The Spiritual Ecology Fellowship Program

Deadline: March 15

The Spiritual Ecology Fellowship is an initiative of Kalliopeia Foundation, developed to support its mission to create a future where universal spiritual values form the foundation of how we care for our common home.

We are seeking emerging young leaders and innovators who recognize the need to create a future that is not driven by materialism and greed, but rooted in the spiritual values of reverence for nature, interconnectedness, stewardship, compassion and service.  The fellowship is designed to offer an experience of deep study and practical application of the principles of spiritual ecology.  The central component of the fellowship will be the development and implementation of pilot projects that have the potential to be catalysts for change.

We are looking for participants from diverse fields and backgrounds who are interested in developing creative solutions based on spiritual values to environmental and social issues.  The fellowship is open to people of all faith backgrounds as well as people without any direct religious or spiritual affiliation.

The fellowship follows a 9-month program and will consist of 8 selected participants, all of whom will receive full scholarships for program tuition and a $10,000 stipend to assist with project development.  All travel, food and lodging for retreats will be provided at no cost.

Participants will be mentored through the process of developing and implementing projects that put the principles of spiritual ecology into action.  Projects may be for any nonprofit or social and environmental benefit, and must be for a charitable, scientific, religious, literary, or educational purpose. Successful and viable projects will be eligible for incubation and potential seed funding consideration via the Kalliopeia Foundation incubator program upon completion of the fellowship.

Applicants should be between the ages of 22-30. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for consideration.

Priority will given to applicants who present projects that have a high likelihood of being brought to fruition, demonstrate strong leadership skills and have relevant work experience.

Ongoing
In addition to three week long retreats, fellows will receive:

  • Ongoing mentorship with project development and leadership
  • Peer support
  • Targeted access to networks to assist with project development
  • $10,000 stipend, paid in two installments

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Shepherd Scholarship

Deadline: March 31

Scholarship Amount:

  • $2,000 per year for a maximum of four years

Eligibility:

  • GPA 3.0 minimum
  • Masonic background required. Member of a Masonic Youth organization (DeMolay, Job’s Daughters, or Rainbow Girls), or member in good standing of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, or is a spouse, son, brother, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandson, or granddaughter, of current or past member in good standing of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction.
  • Accepted enrollment at an accredited institution in the United States

Required Documentation:

  • Completed application
  • Transcripts of course grades
  • Not more than four (4) letters of recommendation

Application Deadline:

  • All relevant materials must be submitted online between January 15 and March 31.

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Shepherds for the Savior Ministry Education Grant

Deadlines: April 1 and November 1

This grant supports Christian students studying for a ministry career.

You must include the following information with your application:

–       Proof of School acceptance or enrollment for the semester you are applying for.

–       A current two-page essay about yourself and why you should receive this grant.

–       A current, original letter of recommendation from your pastor.  This letter must be on official church letterhead, or at least have the church’s address and phone number listed on it.

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Christian Vocation/Wallingford Scholarships

Deadline: April 1

General Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a communicant member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
  • Must normally be working toward a degree in a college, university or seminary which is fully accredited by its regional accrediting association
  • Must have established and maintained a satisfactory academic record (normally a “C” average).

Scholarship Programs

First Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund
Created in 1988, the FPC Scholarship Fund serves as the primary recipient of gifts and bequests of members and friends of First Presbyterian Church who wish to leave monies to assist students in their education. The fund is divided into two types of scholarship:

  • General scholarships, available to members of First Presbyterian Church for both undergraduate and graduate level work at an accredited institution
  • Christian Vocation/Wallingford Scholarships, available to applicants wishing to pursue a Christian vocation field of study at an accredited institution

Prioritized criteria for both types of scholarships (in addition to membership) are the need of the applicant and the applicant’s academic performance potential.

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VISION SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

Deadline: June 6

The purpose of the Vision Scholarship Award is to foster and develop spiritual leaders for the second generation of Korean-Americans by providing scholarship until graduation to those with vision of serving youth ministry (EM) and attending seminary.

The applicant must be a Korean-American Christian who will attend seminary in the coming fall. The  recipients will receive $2,000 per semester until graduation in accordance with the rules and regulations established by the Vision Scholarship Committee.

All applications must be submitted on-line only at www.arumdaunchurch.org/visionscholarship

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New Life Church of Chicago Scholarship

Deadline: October 31

The New Life Church of Chicago scholarship program exists to assist financially those qualified individuals seeking to attend an accredited institution of higher learning. Most of the scholarships are awarded on the basis of need, potential and academic performance.

1. Eligibility Korean American or other ethnic minority students who resides in USA and meet one of the following requirements:

 Currently studying theology in seminary or graduate school.

 Pastor’s child or missionary’s child who is currently enrolled in college or graduate school.

All candidates must have completed a minimum of 8 credit hours for graduate student and 15 credit hours for undergraduate student from the accredited schools, and the average grade point should be B or better.

2. Awards 15 people and $1,500 each

3. Required documents(in English or Korean)

 Completed Application and Financial data form (download from church website) www.NLChicago.org

 Personal testimony and vision statement (500 words or less)

 Two letters of recommendation from Senior Pastor and/or Professors

 Official transcript from the currently enrolled institution

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Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation

Deadline: Contact for more information

Description:

This foundation offers scholarships to women with disabilities who are currently pursuing graduate degrees.

Qualifications:

ELA Scholarships are available only to women graduate students with physical disabilities who are enrolled in a college or university in the United States. These scholarships are awarded on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis. Applicants must meet the following specific requirements:

1) The student must be a woman with a physical disability.

2) The student must be currently accepted to a graduate program working towards a Masters degree or above in an accredited college or university in the United States.

3) The student must be active in a local, state, or national disability organization – either in person or electronically – which is providing services and/or advocacy for people with disabilities.

4) The student must be willing, as an ELA Scholar, to network with the ELA Board of Directors and previous ELA Scholarship recipients on our listserv. This will enhance the ELA Scholar’s support base in professional and advocacy arenas.

5) The student must be willing, as an ELA Scholar, to update the ELA Foundation with an annual letter on September 1st of each year on her progress in her academic and/or working career.

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