Grants & Prizes
The Hay-Urban Prize for Summer Internship, Study, or Research in Religion
With a generous gift from Stephen Hay '51 and funds given in honor of P. Linwood Urban's retirement from the College in 1989, the Department of Religion will again offer the Hay-Urban prize of $1,000 to assist in supporting at least one student internship, summer study, or research in the area of religion studies.
Your application should consist of a two-page narrative description of your project and its relationship to your studies at the College, a one-page budget proposal, a recommendation letter on your behalf, and a transcript.
You must also answer the following two questions before you apply to determine if you need to apply for IRB approval:
1) Does your proposed project involve research for your own academic purposes, i.e. the gathering of information that will be discussed in your own analytic paper, thesis, article, or web resource? In other words does it involve something more than just training, service, personal development, and work (possibly research) for others?
2) If you answered YES, does this research component of your project involve observing, interviewing, photographing, videoing, recording, and/or surveying living people? Note that this does not include simply talking to others for advice on how to proceed with research, e.g. librarians, archivists, and other academics.
*If yes to both questions, please attach the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Application to your summer fellowship application. Your faculty sponsor should tell you whether you need to attach this document or not. If your project includes research with human subjects is approved, you almost certainly will need to submit this information required by the IRB. If you have any questions about the IRB application and/or processes, please contact Erin Starzyk, the IRB administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students interested in applying can direct questions to the Chair, Ellen Ross.
Applications must be submitted by 3:00 pm, Friday, April 25, 2014. Note: required application form [pdf] is also available in the Religion Department office, Pearson 211.
The Jesse H. Holmes Prize in Religion
The Jesse H. Holmes Prize in Religion of $300, a gift of the late Eleanor S. Clarke of the Class of 1918 and named in honor of Jesse Holmes, Professor of History of Religion and Philosophy at Swarthmore College from 1899 to 1934, is awarded annually to the student who submits the best essay in a competition judged by the Department of Religion.
All Swarthmore College students are eligible to compete, and the essays may be on any topic in the field of religion. Papers must be typewritten, double-spaced, and should be carefully proofread. Papers should normally be between 15 and 30 pages of text.
Papers are to be submitted to the Religion Department office, Pearson 211. The author should not include his/her name on the paper but should sign it with a pseudonym. The author's name and pseudonym should be put in a sealed envelope submitted with the paper. Only one essay submission per student permitted.
The deadline for submission of papers is 3:00 pm, Friday April 25, 2014.
Other College Funding Opportunities
- Humanities Division Research Grants and Fellowships
- Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility Funding
- Margaret W. Moore and John M. Moore Research Fellowship, Friends Historical Library
- Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship
- Office of Fellowships and Prizes
- Richard Rubin Scholars Mentoring Program