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Cecil Franklin Award

The Cecil Franklin Award was founded in honor of a Religious Studies emeritus professor who retired in 1985. A one-time department chair, Dr. Franklin demonstrated a deep commitment to teaching and contributed in important ways to the development of the Honors Program at DU. The award recognizes the scholastic accomplishments of an outstanding student majoring in Religious Studies. The Cecil Franklin Award is awarded yearly.

Gregory A. Robbins Award

The Gregory A. Robbins Award was established by Corey Ciocchetti, a graduate of the Religious Studies Department's MA program and now a faculty member in the Daniels School of Business. This award, which honors Professor Robbins, a current member of the faculty and the 1990 Burlington Northern Foundation's "Teacher of the Year" at DU, recognizes the scholastic achievement of an outstanding undergraduate in Religious Studies. The Gregory A. Robbins Award is awarded yearly.

Distinction in the major research grant

Grant Purpose

With the goal of grounding students in a theoretical, interdisciplinary, flexible study of religion, Religious Studies supports Religious Studies BA student research and scholarship related to the study of religion with one (1) research grant of $250 during 2016-2017 and (1) research grant of $250 during 2017-2018. The grant may fund expenses associated with a clearly defined research project. ONLY Religious Studies students pursuing distinction in the major may apply.

Research Project Funding Guidelines

Activities that will be considered for research project funding include but are not limited to, travel-related expenses associated with field or primary archival research, travel-related expenses related to conference participation, or other research services. Grants of up to $250 will be awarded to successful candidates.

ONLY Religious Studies students pursuing distinction in the major may apply.

Please email the contents of your grant proposal listed below to RLGS@du.edu.

Grant proposals should include:

  • A two-page, single-spaced description of the proposed research project or purpose of travel; travel dates; research to be accomplished during travel period; and statement about the relevance of the project to the study of religion. This also includes a one-page detailed budget, including other sources of funding, if relevant, and an explanation of how the requested funding will be used.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One faculty letter of support

If you are completing human subjects research, you will need to get approval from the University of Denver Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects. If your project involves animals, you will need approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Funds will not be granted until proof of approval is provided.

Grant Decision Procedure

Grant proposals are due September 30, 2016. Grant submissions will be reviewed and recipients will be notified by October 15, 2016. If you have any questions, please email us at RLGS@du.edu.

M.A. Research Grant

Grant Purpose

With the goal of grounding students in a theoretical, interdisciplinary, flexible study of religion, Religious Studies supports Religious Studies MA student research and scholarship related to the study of religion with one (1) research grants of $500 each during 2016-2017 and one (1) research grant of $500 during 2017-2018. The grant may fund expenses associated with a clearly defined research project.

Research Project Funding Guidelines

Activities that will be considered for research project funding include but are not limited to, travel-related expenses associated with field or primary archival research, travel-related expenses related to conference participation, or other research services. Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to successful candidates.

Please email the contents of your grant proposal listed below to RLGS@du.edu.

Grant proposals should include:

  • A two-page, single-spaced description of the proposed research project or purpose of travel; travel dates; research to be accomplished during travel period; and statement about the relevance of the project to the study of religion. This also includes a one-page detailed budget, including other sources of funding, if relevant, and an explanation of how the requested funding will be used.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One faculty letter of support

If you are completing human subjects research, you will need to get approval from the University of Denver Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects. If your project involves animals, you will need approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Funds will not be granted until proof of approval is provided.

Grant Decision Procedure

Grant proposals are due December 15, 2016. Grant submissions will be reviewed and recipients will be notified during the first week in January. If you have any questions, please email us at RLGS@du.edu.

m.a. travel grant

Grant Purpose

The Department seeks to encourage and support Religious Studies MA students' research and shared scholarship related to the study of religion with six (6) conference travel grants of up to $400 during 2017-2018. The grant may fund travel expenses associated with a paper or project presentation at an academic conference. Conference travel can occur during the summer quarter.

Funding Guidelines

Students must present a paper, a poster project, or collaborate on an invited panel at an academic conference to be considered for funding. Students attending a conference but not presenting a paper or project are not eligible for funding. Expenses that will be considered for conference travel funding include but are not limited to, airfare, lodging, per diem, or other travel-related expenses. Grants of up to $400 will be awarded to successful candidates.
Students are eligible to receive a limit of one conference travel grant per year. Grants will be subject to financial aid; please contact the Office of Financial Aid before applying to ensure there is room in your aid budget. 

Please email the contents of your grant proposal listed below to RLGS@du.edu.

Grant proposals should include:

  • A two-page, single-spaced description of the paper or project being presented; travel dates; and statement about the relevance of the project to the study of religion. This also includes a one-page detailed budget, including other sources of funding (e.g., from DU's Graduate Student Association), if relevant, and an explanation of how the requested funding will be used.
  • Provide proof of scheduled presentation (i.e. program)
  • An abbreviated curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum)
  • One faculty letter of support

Grant Decision Procedure

There will be two grant submission cycles during 2017-2018. First round grant proposals will be accepted from September 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018. Applicants will be notified by March 16, 2018. Second round grant proposals will be accepted from March 1, 2018 to May 31, 2018. Applicants will be notified by June 15, 2018. If you have any questions, please email us at RLGS@du.edu.

AHSS Graduate Dean's Hours Award

The AHSS Dean's Hours Award is awarded yearly to MA students only. MA students will receive notification of this scholarship during the spring quarter.

IRISE Research/Creative Work Grants

Graduate
IRISE, the Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality, aims to facilitate interdisciplinary endeavors in teaching and learning, research, and creative works focused on promoting equality for domestic historically marginalized communities. With the goal of providing an intellectual home for faculty and students at DU to engage in this work, IRISE supports graduate research and scholarship related to the study of (in)equality with a $10,000 graduate fund each academic year. The grant may fund expenses associated with a clearly defined research project or with a conference paper presentation.

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Undergraduate
IRISE (In)equality Scholars Program will provide the support and structures that empower students to turn their big ideas into reality. Each scholar will follow a project structure that includes: research; development of a project plan in conjunction with faculty mentor, IRISE colleagues, and other DU students; and implementation, documentation and evaluation of their public project.

IRISE (In)equality Scholars will receive a $2,000 annual fellowship for their work between February 1 and June 31 of each academic year. In addition, each scholar is eligible to receive a $1000 annual project stipend to implement community work. Faculty mentors will receive $500 in recognition of their intensive mentoring role.

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Questions?

We welcome your questions!

For more information about departmental awards and grants as well as AHSS Graduate Dean's Hours awards, please contact us at RLGS@du.edu or 303-870-2749.

For more information about the IRISE Research/Creative Work grants, please contact IRISE at irise@du.edu.

For general information about financial aid and scholarships, contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@du.edu or 303-871-4020.