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Financial Assistance

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:

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.

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:

Religious Studies Graduate Student Travel/Research grants

The Department of Religious Studies has limited funds to support graduate student research through small (up to $1000) grants to support conference travel and research. Applications should be submitted to the Chair and DGS and are accepted on a rolling basis. 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:

A short report accompanied by receipts for expenses must be given to Debra Melsheimer, dmelshei@indiana.edu, within two weeks after expenditure of granted funds.

Other Fellowships

There are also fellowships available from other programs and places around the University. Here are a few:

The University Graduate School

The University Graduate School offers a variety of grants and fellowships including to first generation students.

Jewish Studies Program

Grants-in-Aid of Research
Conference Funding
The Friends of the Borns Graduate Fellowship in Jewish Studies consists of a $15,000 stipend plus tuition/fee remission. Send e-mail to iujsp@indiana.edu

Medieval Studies Institute

The Medieval Studies Institute offers three sources of financial assistance for graduate students studying at Indiana.

Renaissance Studies

Ancient studies

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.