Financial Assistance

We currently have about 40 M.A. and Ph.D. students enrolled in the program. We expect to provide support for 5-6 new students in each entering class. Both M.A. and Ph.D. applicants are eligible for funding.

Continuing students in our department have distinguished themselves over the past decade by securing numerous grants, awards, and other forms of recognition, both within the University and nationally. Students have received support from the Pew Charitable Trust, the Charlotte Newcombe Fellowship, the Fulbright program, the Templeton Foundation, the Edwards Fellowship (perhaps the most prestigious award at IU), the Mellon Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Association of University Women. Our students have competed successfully for dissertation fellowships offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department itself awards at least one dissertation fellowship each year.

Associate Instructorship

An associate instructorship not only pays the major initial cost of a student's education but also gives the individual experience in leadership and training in the fundamentals of Religious Studies. All Ph.D. candidates are thus expected to teach, at least part-time, for at least two semesters. Most associate instructorships are half-time appointments, requiring 8-10 contact hours or 15 hours of service (including preparation) per week. Entering students are offered financial assistance at slightly different levels, depending upon their undergraduate records and recommendations.


A number of sources for fellowship support for particularly well-qualified students exist. The department has a few fellowships for incoming students, including:

There are also fellowships available from other programs and places around the University.

Jewish Studies Program

The Friends of the Borns Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Studies consists of a $15,000 stipend plus tuition/fee remission. Send e-mail to

East Asian Studies Center

The East Asian Studies Center administers Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowhips for graduate students for both academic year and summer, as well as a SOFOKS Graduate Fellowship in Korean Languages and Culture.

Russian and East European Instititue

Lists under their Employment and funding opportunities section several graduate and postgraduate funding opportunities.

Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center

Lists several different grant possibilities under their grants and fellowships page.

Department of Central Eurasian Studies

Western European Studies

GradGrants Center
Includes publications and on-line resources related to grant writing and information on grants.