Funding & Resources

Competitive Funding

Currently, our program is set up to pay fellowships on a 9-month basis for the first 5 years. Summer funding is guaranteed in summers 1 and 2 of the program. Students who no longer have guaranteed summer funding are encouraged to apply for competitive funding both internally and externally.  All students must have proof of health care, and the program is prepared to cover the cost of up to 6 years of health insurance if needed.  

Funding Resources

Kenan Institute Summer Fellowship

The Henry Luce-funded grant "Facing the Anthropocene," led by Jedediah Purdy and housed at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, is offering five fellowships for graduate students for the 2018 summer term. Applications due: March 15, 2018. Click here for more information.

University of Notre Dame Residential Fellowship

The Office of Mission Engagement and Church Affairs, which oversees programs at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem, will once again host doctoral students at Tantur as part of a residential fellowship program for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applications due: March 1, 2018. Click here for more information.

Religions Travel Award

Religions is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for two annual travel awards. Each of 800 Swiss Francs, the awards will be granted to PhD students, postdoctoral fellows or young lecturers to assist towards attending any religions-related conference in 2018. Applications due: 1 April 2018. Click here for more information.

ASMEA Research Grants

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa is pleased to offer research grants up to $2500 to qualified scholars and students engaged in the study of the Middle East and Africa. Application deadline is April 15, 2018. Click here for more information.

ASMEA Conference Travel Grants

ASMEA is offering travel grants up to $750 to qualified scholars and students to present their research at the Eleventh Annual Conference. Application deadline is April 15, 2018. Click here for more information.

Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award

The Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award Program is for tenure-track faculty who are committed not only to research and teaching but also to building a more inclusive scholarly community. Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Malkiel Scholars Award offers a $17,500 stipend—$10,000 to be used for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year.

​Additional Resources

Some important resources to help in your search for funding:

  1. Pivot (Note: You must use your Duke email in order to sign up for Pivot and access this resource.

  2. Duke Graduate School website

  3. Excavation fellowships and travel grants through American Schools of Oriental Research.

  4. Duke University Research Funding, including these grants: Institute of Current World Affairs and School for Advanced Research

  5. Fellowships for students of color from Forum for Theological Education

  6. Funding has become available for students to join The GREEN Program abroad in 2018. Interested students are now able to apply to The GREEN Program and the GREEN Advantage Fund with the opportunity to receive funding to join them abroad. Click here for more information.