Financial Support

Admitted applicants to the Ph.D. program will receive generous multi-year financial support packages.  Please complete the Fellowship application and Teaching Assistant application in order to be considered for funding. See the Graduate Admissions page for details. U.S. Citizens and permanent residents, make sure to complete the FAFSA as well.

Fellowships Announcements

Graduate Program in the Study of Religion (GREL)- 2020-2021

The following fellowship announcements are for funding for current graduate students in the GREL for summer 2020 (July 1-Oct 1, 2020) and for the 2020-2021 academic year.


Deadline: April 10, 2020, 5:00 PM

Eligibility: All current GREL students, who are enrolled during Spring 2020, may apply for a summer research fellowship to be undertaken during summer 2020.

Purpose: Summer Support for research


Deadline: May 11, 2020, 5:00 PM

Eligibility: GREL students who have advanced to candidacy by June 30, 2020 are eligible to apply for this fellowship. 

Purpose: The research fellowship supplements other funding, such as TA-ships. It is meant to support dissertation research, and may be used for research or conference travel, or project related expenses, such as books and purchase of copyright licenses.


Deadline: May 11, 2020

Eligibility: Students in good standing, enrolled in the GREL PhD program, and who have completed at least one year in the program.

Purpose: The Catherine Coudert Gottesman Distinguished Graduate Fellowship supports work on a distinctively cross-disciplinary research project, normally leading to a dissertation on that topic. It can be granted to a Religious Studies graduate student in their second or any subsequent year.

For more information and application directions, please contact Maria Ruby,


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is funding available for International students?  Yes. Funding is available for international students, but it is limited. 
  • Is funding available for undocumented or DACAmented students? Some scholarships and loans may be available to undocumented students thanks to the California Dream Act. In order to work as a Teaching Assistant or Graduate Student Researcher, students must be authorized to work (by DACA or other means). To learn more, please visit the Undocumented Student Center website.

Congratulations to our recent fellowship recipients!

Sarah Neace

Dean's Distinguished Graduate Fellowship 2017-2019

Aron Tillema

Provost's First-Year Fellowship 2017-2018
Aaron French Study of Relion Graduate Program Fellowship 2015-2016
Westin Harris Study of Religion Graduate Program Fellowship 2015-2016
Tracy Sachs Provost's First-Year Fellowship 2015-2016
Chris Miller Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Summer 2015
Jayne Bittner Study of Religion Graduate Program Fellowship 2014-2015
Chris Miller Provost's First-Year Fellowship 2014-2015
Cai Thorman Study of Religion Graduate Program Fellowship Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Spring 2015