African American Religious Studies Forum Fellows Program
Each Semester CERCL offers a fellowship program for graduate students whose research presents and promotes innovative scholarship related to the study of African American religion. In this way, CERCL aims to help advance the success of scholarship often considered marginal to the Academy.
The AARSF Fellows Program provides opportunities for graduate students working in African American religion to: (1) present their research; (2) add to the CERCL Archive in the Woodson Research Center at Rice University’s Fondren Library.
Who May Apply
Rice University graduate students who are in the writing phase of the program
(e.g., working on the thesis, dissertation proposal or dissertation).
Fellowship period is 1 academic semester
Research Fellow(s) are provided with a stipend of $2,500 in exchange for:
two distinct public or community engagements (e.g., lecture)
submission of materials to CERCL’s Archive at Fondren Library’s Woodson Research Center
All scholarship (publications, papers and on-line documents) developed while receiving these funds must acknowledge CERCL and the AARSF Fellows Program. Copies must be given to CERCL.
the relevance of the project to the mission and goals of CERCL’s African American Religious Studies Forum
the feasibility of the project
the benefit to CERCL’s Archive in the Woodson Research Center
the strength of the proposal in light of letter of reference
Proposals are to be emailed in (1) electronic document (saved as a Microsoft Word or PDFfile) to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include the following:
the AARSF Fellows Program Cover Sheet
1000 word description of the proposed research. This document must be double-spaced and use 12-point type. It should: (1) explain the nature and significance of the project, including its impact on the scholarly community; (2) a brief discussion of the applicants preparation for this project; (3) describe how the project will benefit the CERCL’s Archive in the Woodson Research Center; (4) significance of the project for the applicant’s field of study.
confidential letter of recommendation from the a member of your dissertation committee
curriculum vitae (no more than 10 pages)
The first Friday in November (Midnight, CST) for Spring Semester
The last Friday of March (Midnight, CST) for Fall Semester