Students admitted to the graduate program are admitted with funding (except in unusual cases, usually where a student brings support with them from some external agency or government). Support generally includes tuition, fees, health insurance, and a living stipend. For more information please refer to the IU Graduate School Tuition & Fees website.
A variety of funding sources are available. These include:
- Graduate school fellowships
- Associate Instructorships (i.e.-serving as teaching assistants for courses)
- Teaching courses as instructor of record
- Teaching summer courses
Our students also apply for, and have a strong history of winning, external fellowships and grants. For example: 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. Students can also look at other schools and programs within IU for additional funding.
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:
- College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Fellowship
- Devonia and Steve Stein Fellowship in the Study of American Religions
- Todd Sullivan Memorial Fellowship
- James Ackerman Fellowship for the Study of the Bible
- Ellis Fellowship for Early Modern and Lutheran Studies
- Jewish Studies Fellowship
- Minority Recruitment Fellowships
Religious Studies Graduate Student Travel/Research grants
The Department of Religious Studies has created a fund to support graduate student research through small (up to $1000) grants to support conference travel and research. Applications should be submitted to Abby Gitlitz, firstname.lastname@example.org, at the beginning of the third or tenth week each semester on dates to be announced at the beginning of the academic year. Religious Studies graduate students who are not eligible for Stein Fund grants may apply for grants up to $1000. Students who are eligible to apply for Stein Fund grants may also apply to this fund for up to $500. Dispersal of funds to students are governed by university regulations that prioritize funds granted to students depending on individual student funding arrangements.
Applications for funds should include:
- Description of project and rationale for expenses
- Budget for use of funds
- Name of RS faculty member who endorses application
A short report accompanied by receipts for expenses must be given to Debra Melsheimer, email@example.com, within two weeks after expenditure of granted funds.
There are also fellowships available from other programs and places around the University. Here are a few:
The University Graduate School offers a variety of grants and fellowships including to first generation students.
Grants-in-Aid of Research
The Friends of the Borns Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Studies consists of a $15,000 stipend plus tuition/fee remission. Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Medieval Studies Institute offers three sources of financial assistance for graduate students studying at Indiana.
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.
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