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Outside Funding and Scholarships

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At the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, we know that one of the most challenging aspects of graduate school is finding the resources needed to pay for tuition, fees, and basic living expenses. To better assist GRE students with uncovering scholarships and fellowships that will help fund their education, we have collected several links worth exploring below.

If you have a funding or scholarship opportunity you would like to share, please pass it along to Asst. Dean Patrick Holt at holt@fordham.edu.

Fordham's Office of Prestigious Fellowships

The Office for Prestigious Fellowships connects students with opportunities to further their intellectual and personal growth.

This office is a resource for all students and alumni of Fordham University. In particular, the Office for Prestigious Fellowships seeks to work with students who have demonstrated exceptional promise and who have distinguished themselves through extraordinary academic achievements, extracurricular involvement, and leadership activities, and a passion for creating positive change in their communities and the larger world.

To explore the Office of Prestigious Fellowships listing of scholarships and fellowships available to Fordham students, visit their homepage.

Doctoral Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
PURPOSE | The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship competition might explore the ethical implications of foreign policy, the values influencing political decisions, the moral codes of other cultures, and religious or ethical issues reflected in history or literature.

Fellowships for Latinx, Asian, and First Nations Doctoral Students
The Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) | Financial support for doctoral students who have completed the course work stage of their Ph.D. or Th.D. program in religion, theological studies or biblical studies | Applicants must be of Latinx, Asian, or First Nations descent enrolled or admitted full-time in a Th.D. or Ph.D. program in religion, theological studies or biblical studies.

Fellowships for Students of African Descent
The Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) | Financial support for doctoral students of African descent who have completed the coursework stage of their Ph.D. or ThD program in religion, theological studies or biblical studies | Applicants must be of African descent enrolled or admitted full-time in a Th.D. or Ph.D. program in religion, theological studies or biblical studies.

International Dissertation Research Grants
American Academy of Religion (AAR) | The International Dissertation Research Grants Program is designed to support AAR student members whose dissertation research requires them to travel outside of the country in which their school or university is located. Grants are intended to help candidates complete their doctoral degrees by offsetting costs of travel, lodging, and other dissertation research-related expenses. (Grant money may not be used for tuition, computer hardware, or meals.) This is a competitive program: applications will be reviewed by a jury of senior scholars appointed by the AAR President.

Doctoral Study Fellowship
The Doctoral Fellowship program invites Ph.D. or Th.D. students to consider theological education as their vocation. Up to ten Fellowships of $2,000 a year for two years will be offered. In addition, a colloquium of the ten Doctoral Fellows will meet three times during each fellowship year | Applicants must be Ph.D. or Th.D. students, currently in their first or second year of doctoral study in an accredited graduate program in the United States or Canada.

General Graduate Student Scholarships and Grants

Lloyd and Iva Mattison Youth Ministry Scholarship
Scholarship opportunity for seminarians preparing to serve the church in the area of ministry with youth | established for those preparing to serve the church in the area of ministry with youth

Grace LeGendre Fellowships
Provides financial assistance to qualified women who are U.S. citizens and permanent New York state residents for graduate study at accredited New York state institutions

The American Association of University Women
Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination, and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all, and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women in the United States and around the globe.

The Council of Graduate Schools
Does not offer any financial assistance for graduate students, however, they have prepared a list of links to web sites of individual funding sources.

The United Methodist General Scholarship
May be awarded to undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral students; must be full active members of the UMC for at least 1 year; have a minimum GPA of 2.5+, and are attending any accredited institution within the U.S. Average award: undergrad $500 - $1,000; graduate $1,000 - $2,000