ISI Graduate Fellowship Program

Deadline: February 1

Please read the FAQ linked on the application page before you submit.

ISI’s Graduate Fellowship Program is characterized by the observation of Richard M. Weaver that “a liberal education specifically prepares for the achievement of freedom.” After more than fifty years, the ISI graduate fellows program boasts some of the most distinguished figures in the academy and public life. Each year ISI grants Richard M. Weaver Fellowships to students who intend to use their advanced degree to teach, and Henry Salvatori Fellowships to students doing graduate work related to the American Founding. Each of these fellowships seeks to uphold the idea of academic excellence and the role of education in producing persons capable of making reasoned choices in favor of liberty.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens who will be enrolled in a full-time graduate program
  • Those attending pre-professional (medical, law, divinity, business, etc.) programs are ineligible


  • An original, 1,250- to 2,500-word essay responding to the following question:

“What is the relationship between liberal education and a free society?”

  • Headshot (color photo)
  • One-page CV or résumé of prior education, awards, fellowships, and internships
  • Five- to ten-page personal, philosophical, and professional autobiography
  • Five- to ten-page academic writing sample
  • Two academic letters of recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work (if award is granted, official transcripts must be provided by the issuing institution or the applicant)
  • Brief responses to the following:
    • Why the applicant has chosen teaching as a profession
    • Why the applicant desires a fellowship
    • How the applicant learned of the ISI Graduate Fellowship Program
    • Signed declaration of intent to teach

(Personal philosophical statement and academic writing samples must be 12-point standard font and double spaced.)

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Jacobsen Scholarship Fund

Deadline: June 1

Mission: Florence S. and Ted C. Jacobsen have spent a lifetime serving in their church, community and family. The resources that they built through their hard work are now benefiting students who will honor their legacy of service through their own diligent service and commitment to scholarship.

The Jacobsen Scholarship Fund is a donor advised scholarship that focuses on undergraduate education (NB: master’s and doctoral students are also eligible) and provides need-based scholarships to students who are active and worthy members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as citizens of the United States of America. This fund focuses on serving those students who will most effectively use this scholarship award to pursue their educational goals. Preference may be given to upperclassmen who have demonstrated commitment to their educational progress. Other criteria include students who:

  • Are enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, full-time in an accredited post-secondary institution within the United States and its territories
  • Provide evidence of financial need
  • Show evidence of ability to succeed in the post-secondary environment. In most cases this is demonstrated by maintaining a GPA of at least 2.75; however, this standard is not absolute for selection

While it is not a requirement in any way for the awarding or continuation of this scholarship, applicants are encouraged to voluntarily make donations to replenish the Jacobsen Scholarship Fund when, and if, their financial circumstances permit. Any funds received for this purpose will be added to the principal of the fund and used for continued awards to qualified applicants.

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Collegeville Institute Resident Scholar Program

Deadline: November 1

Applicants must be:

  • Engaged in research that fits within the broad category of “ecumenical and cultural research.”
    • This encompasses most subjects in theology and religious studies and also covers subjects associated more closely with other disciplines such as science and art.
  • Devoted to full-time research during stay.
  • Able to commit for a semester or full academic year.
    • Fall semester dates are early September through mid-December. Spring semester dates are early January through late April. Academic year dates are early September through the end of April. Specific starting and ending dates are noted on the application form.
  • Engaged in postdoctoral research.
    • On occasion the Admissions Committee considers applications from persons with qualifications other than a completed academic doctoral degree. Applicants without doctorates are encouraged to contact the Collegeville Institute before applying.
  • Interested applicants must submit:
  • Scholars from abroad are welcome; fluency in English is required. Read more on the Practical Information page. Learn more about the program here.
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AAR – Collaborative Research Grants

Application Deadline: August 1

To fulfill its commitment to advance research in religion, the AAR each year grants awards ranging from $500 to $5000 to support projects proposed by AAR members and selected by the AAR Research Grants Jury. These projects can be either collaborative or individual.

Collaborative grants are intended to stimulate cooperative research among scholars who have 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.

Grants can provide funds for networking and communication. Funds may also be used to support small research conferences. Conference proposals will be considered only if they are designed primarily to advance research. Conferences presenting papers that report on previous research will not be considered.

Examples of recently funded projects include:

  • Symposium to comment on and critique chapters for an edited book
  • Developing a typology of religious board games and toys
  • Research, interviews, and observations of reconciliation programs in Ireland
  • Compiling material for a CD that will accompany a textbook
  • Conference to discuss approaches to translating, and writing interpretive chapters for, a book

A group must apply through an AAR member designated as the Project Director. Not all participants need to hold AAR membership.

Grant awards will range from $500 to $5000.

Click here for more information.

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Other resources

The GTU Scholarship Database is intended to give students a starting point for scholarship research. However, there thousands of other scholarships opportunities available outside of the specific niche of religious studies or theology, so once a student has reviewed the scholarships in the GTU Scholarship Database, they may wish to expand their search into other areas. Below are other websites which provide further tools for exploration of scholarship opportunities.

Searchable list of scholarships aimed at theological students:

Comprehensive list of scholarships aimed at theological students:

General Scholarship Websites for your own research:

o The Fund for Theological Education at
o Graduate Fellowships Database:
o GTU Library resources:
o Grants for Individuals (through Michigan State University Library):
o UC Scholarship Connection:
o Graduate Division, University of California Berkeley , Fellowship Resources on the web:                 
o Cornell Fellowship Notebook, Graduate Fellowships: Humanities:
o Native American Scholarships: or
o Asian Pacific American Scholarships (Within Organization of Chinese American website):
o Hispanic Scholarship Fund:
o United Negro College Fund:
o International Students:

* Website with Links to Scholarly Organizations:

International Website Links

Denominational Website Links

African Methodist Episcopal Church

American Baptist

Disciples of Christ






Roman Catholic

Seventh Day Adventist

Shin Buddhism

Society of Friends (Quakers)

Unitarian Universalist

United Church of Christ

United Methodists

Free Scholarship Search Engine Links

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Michael Pozar LGBT Seminarian Scholarship

Deadline: TBA

This $1,000 scholarship was established in 2010 in celebration of the ELCA policy changes applying to LGBT clergy, in honor of the life of Rev. Michael Pozar (1952-2001), and in recognition of the increasing financial needs of Lutheran candidates for ordained ministry.

For application, click here:

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Cardinal Bernardin Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 7

The Cardinal Bernardin Scholarship Program is funded by the Catholic Theological Union (CTU) to provide full-tuition awards to outstanding graduate students pursuing a Master of Theology, Master of Arts in Biblical Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Liturgical Ministry, or a similar degree. Eligible recipients must already hold an accredited bachelor’s degree, carry a minimum overall GPA of 3.2, exemplify a servant-leader attitude for pastoral ministry, and submit at least one letter of recommendation.

Here is the scholarship link for more information.

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Deadline: April 15

The William Gilbert and Florence Leonard Jones scholarship is intended for members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) working towards a Ph.D. in religion, who are also currently ordained or preparing for ordination in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and who intend to provide leadership to a congregation or other agency of the church.

Click here for more information.

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Deadline: April 15

In honor of the Vice-Moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Disciples Home Missions has created the Ann E. Dickerson Scholarships to give $2,000 to female graduate theological students who are pursuing a PhD or ThD at an accredited U.S. seminary or university.

The online application packet must include a pastor recommendation, two faculty references, official collegiate transcripts, and a 300-word essay describing candidates’ Church leadership roles.

Click here for more information.

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United Church of Christ Historical Council

Deadline: May 1
Amount: $200
Description: Award and publication of an essay on the history of the United Church of Christ; Applicants must be M.Div. degree candidates
For information, please contact:
United Church of Christ Historical Council
United Church of Christ
Schaff Library
Lancaster Theological Seminary
555 West James Street
Lancaster, PA 17603

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