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RELIGIOUS STUDIES UNDERGRADUATE PRIZES AND FELLOWSHIPS

Below you will find a small selection of the many awards and fellowships available to Yale undergraduate students.  This page is updated regularly, so please follow the links for complete information.    

 

NANI DEB MEMORIAL PRIZE IN ASIAN RELIGIONS 
The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to announce the Nani Deb Memorial Prize in Asian religions, established by her family. The prize, a non-cash book award of up to $200, will be awarded annually to the student who submits the best senior undergraduate essay or graduate essay, to be chosen by a committee of faculty members in the Department of Religious Studies.

Nani Deb (1918-2002) was a passionate advocate for education, although she herself never finished school. Deeply religious, she was willing to make whatever sacrifices were necessary so that her children could get the best possible education. She was a treasure trove of oral history and loved to share stories from her youth, particularly about the struggle of women in India. Nani Deb is survived by two sons, both scientists in California; two daughters in India—one a statistician, and the other a principal of a middle school that serves mostly poor and low-income families; and six grandchildren. The winner will receive reimbursement for a book purchase of up to $200.00. A winner will be determined in April.

 

NOYES-CUTTER PRIZE
The Noyes-Cutter prize is $1,000 awarded annually by the Department of Religious Studies to an undergraduate student who shows by examinations the highest degree of excellence in “interpreting the Greek of the New Testament into Modern English”.  A winner will be determined in April. 

 

AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS PRIZE
The Department of Religious Studies, in conjunction with the Program in Judaic Studies, awards a prize annually honoring academic excellence in a senior essay.  The American Jewish Congress prize is awarded to a senior in Yale College for an essay in any field of Judaic Studies. Please contact Renee Reed, Senior Administrative Assistant for Judaic Studies, 451 College Street to submit your essay.

 

OBERNAUER MEMORIAL PRIZE
The Department of Religious Studies, in conjunction with the Program in Judaic Studies, awards a prize annually honoring academic excellence in a senior essay.   The Obernauer Memorial prize is awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student for the best written and delivered essay on the most practical means of achieving good will among religious groups, particularly between Christians and Jews and/or between racial groups. 

Directors of Undergraduate Studies who identify senior essays of high quality that address Jewish themes from within any disciplinary framework or that accomplish the goals for which the Obernauer prize was established may contact Renee Reed, Senior Administrative Assistant for Judaic Studies, 451 College Street to submit an essay. 

 

RELIGIOUS STUDIES GRADUATE PRIZES AND FELLOWSHIPS

Below you will find a small selection of the many awards and fellowships available to Yale graduate students.  This page is updated regularly, so please follow the links for complete information.    

 

NANI DEB MEMORIAL PRIZE IN ASIAN RELIGIONS
The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to announce the Nani Deb Memorial Prize in Asian religions, established by her family. The prize, a non-cash book award of approximately $200, will be awarded annually to the student who submits the best senior undergraduate essay or graduate essay, to be chosen by a committee of faculty members in the Department of Religious Studies.

Nani Deb (1918-2002) was a passionate advocate for education, although she herself never finished school. Deeply religious, she was willing to make whatever sacrifices were necessary so that her children could get the best possible education. She was a treasure trove of oral history and loved to share stories from her youth, particularly about the struggle of women in India. Nani Deb is survived by two sons, both scientists in California; two daughters in India—one a statistician, and the other a principal of a middle school that serves mostly poor and low-income families; and six grandchildren. The winner will receive reimbursement for a book purchase of up to $200.00. A winner will be determined in April.

 

AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS PRIZE
The Department of Religious Studies, in conjunction with the Program in Judaic Studies, awards a prize annually honoring academic excellence in a senior essay.  The American Jewish Congress prize is awarded to a senior in Yale College for an essay in any field of Judaic Studies. Please contact Renee Reed, Senior Administrative Assistant for Judaic Studies, 451 College Street to submit your essay.

 

OBERNAUER MEMORIAL PRIZE
The Department of Religious Studies, in conjunction with the Program in Judaic Studies, awards a prize annually honoring academic excellence in a senior essay.   The Obernauer Memorial prize is awarded to a graduate or undergraduate student for the best written and delivered essay on the most practical means of achieving good will among religious groups, particularly between Christians and Jews and/or between racial groups. Please contact Renee Reed, Senior Administrative Assistant for Judaic Studies, 451 College Street to submit an essay. 

 

 

RELIGIOUS STUDIES FACULTY PRIZES AND FELLOWSHIPS

Below you will find a small selection of the many awards and fellowships available to the Department of Religious Studies faculty members.  This page is updated monthly, so please follow the links for complete information.  Some useful sites are:

The Office of Grant and Contract Administration Funding Opportunities
Federal Grants

 

Grant-Providing Organizations:

American Academy of Arts and Sciences
American Academy of Religion
American Council of Learned Societies
American Philological Association
American Philosophical Society
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Middle East Studies Organization
National Endowment for the Humanities
The Royal Anthropological Institute
The Whitney Humanities Center at Yale


 

AAR Research Grants
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 Review Committee. These projects can be either collaborative or individual and 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.  Grants can provide funds for networking and communication.  In addition, grants may 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.  Grant awards will range from $500 to $5000.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships to Assist Research and Artistic Creation
The Fellowships are awarded to men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The Foundation consults with distinguished scholars and artists regarding the accomplishments and promise of the applicants and presents this evidence to the Committee of Selection.  Appointments are ordinarily made for one year and in no instance for a period shorter than six consecutive months.  The amounts of the grants will be adjusted to the needs of the Fellows, considering their other resources and the purpose and scope of their plans.  Members of the teaching profession receiving sabbatical leave on full or part salary are eligible for appointment, as are holders of other Fellowships and of appointments at research centers.

Franklin Research Grants
Applicants are expected to have a doctorate or to have published work of doctoral character and quality. Pre-doctoral graduate students are not eligible, but the Society is particularly interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received their PhDs. American citizens and residents of the United States may use their Franklin awards at home or abroad. Foreign nationals must use their Franklin awards for research in the United States. Applicants who have received Franklin grants may reapply after an interval of two years. Funding is offered up to a maximum of $6,000 for use in calendar year 2008.

Sabbatical Grants
The Sabbatical Fellowships program is open to mid-career faculty of universities and 4-year colleges in the United States who have been granted a sabbatical/research leave but for whom financial support from the home institution is available for only part of the year. Candidates must not have had financially supported leave at any time subsequent to September 1, 2004. The total of institutional and external support should not exceed the academic year salary for the year in which the fellowship is held. There is no restriction on where the fellow resides; indicate the appropriateness of available resources. The candidate's doctoral degree must have been conferred no later than 1999 and no earlier than 1986.

National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grants
NEH challenge grants help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. Awards are made to museums, public libraries, colleges, research institutions, historical societies and historic sites, public television and radio stations, universities, scholarly associations, state humanities councils, and other nonprofit entities.

National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grants
Collaborative Research Grants support original research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars (or research coordinated by an individual scholar) that, because of its scope or complexity, requires additional staff and resources beyond the individual's salary.

The A. Whitney Griswold Faculty Research Fund
Due November 1st, February 1st, and April 1st annually
The A. Whitney Griswold Faculty Research Fund was established to assist Yale faculty members to undertake research in the humanities. The Fund awards grants for specific research projects to full-time faculty members on continuing appointment in any department or division of the University. Preference is given to first-time applicants and to applicants who do not have other current research grants at the institution.

The Frederick W. Hilles Publication Fund
Due November 1st and February 1st annually
This fund was established through the generosity of the late Frederick W. Hilles to assist younger scholars in the humanities at Yale with the publication of their original manuscripts.

Phillip Grants
The committee prefers to support the work of younger scholars who have received the doctorate. Applications are also accepted from graduate students for research on master’s theses or doctoral dissertations.  The committee sometimes approves two awards to the same person within a five-year period.  The average award is about $2,500; grants do not exceed $3,000.

Book Awards
In order to give recognition to new scholarly publications that make significant contributions to the study of religion, the American Academy of Religion offers Awards for Excellence.  The Awards honor works of distinctive originality, intelligence, creativity and importance, books that affect decisively how religion is examined, understood, and interpreted.