Religion Grants & Prizes

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Studying Religion, you will always have something interesting to talk to people about! The study of religion allows us to investigate the habits, mores, and ethics of cultures -- to see what historical, textual, and normative resources people have for repairing our world.

Funding for Conferences

Funding for Religion conferences and meetings is now available for Religion majors and minors, up to $200 annually. Send *proposals and budget to Anita Pace (apace1@swarthmore.edu).   *Note: proposals are due at least 60 days before the event.

For more information contact the Religion Department chair, Professor Yvonne Chireau (ychirea1@swarthmore.edu).

William J. Carter '47 Grant for Summer Research or Internship

Maximum Award: $4500
Students may apply for support for a summer research project or an internship in keeping with William J. Carter's goal of "encouraging and promoting understanding, harmony, and respect among the various religions of the world." Proposals from students working independently as well as faculty-student collaborative research proposals are eligible for support. Interested students should apply with a letter detailing a proposed project, including estimated costs and a timetable outlining when the work would be done. A letter of recommendation from one faculty member with whom the student has consulted is required. If the opportunity is in the form of an internship, a letter from the sponsoring agency or institution must be included with the Swarthmore faculty letter of recommendation. Priority will be given to majors and minors in Religion and to students whose projects clearly reflect prior academic work in the area.

Students interested in applying can direct questions to the Department of Religion Chair, Yvonne Chireau (ychirea1@swarthmore.edu) or the Humanities Division Chair, William Turpin (wturpin1@swarthmore.edu).

The online application to apply for support for summer research projects can be accessed through mySwarthmore.  Once logged in, click the "Apply for a Summer Research Grant" link.

The Religion Department will review the applications and make a recommendation for funding to the Provost. More

Application process opens:  January 22, 2019
Applications due:  February 6, 2019 at 3:59:59 pm
Award notification:  Early March 2019

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 $4,800 to assist in supporting at least one student internship, summer study, or research in the area of religion studies.

Students interested in applying can direct questions to the Department of Religion Chair, Yvonne Chireau (ychrea1@swarthmore.edu) or the Humanities Division Chair, William Turpin (wturpin1@swarthmore.edu).

The online application to apply for support for summer research projects can be accessed through mySwarthmore.  Once logged in, click the "Apply for a Summer Research Grant" link.

Application process opens:  January 22, 2019
Applications due:  February 6, 2019 at 3:59:59 pm
Award notification:  Early March 2019

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 2:00 pm, Monday April 22, 2019. Please submit papers to the Religion Department Office, Pearson 211.

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