Funding Opportunities

African American Religious Studies Forum Fellows Program

A program for graduate students whose research presents and promotes innovative scholarship related to the study of African American religion. 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.


Rice University graduate students who are in the writing phase of the program (e.g. working on the dissertation proposal or dissertation) are eligible to apply.

$2,500 Stipend


Extended Application Deadline for Fall 2020 semester: May 6, 2020

Course Development Grants

Each semester CERCL accepts proposals for grants to encourage new courses or the update of existing courses in line with the goals of the Center.


Rice University tenured and non-tenured faculty and qualified graduate students (based on teaching requirements within their departments) are eligible to apply.

Grants not to exceed $2,000


Application Deadline for Fall 2020 Courses: February 28, 2020

Scholar-in-Residence @ African American Library at the Gregory School

CERCL, in partnership with the African American Library at the Gregory School is pleased to offer two residential fellowships for scholars whose research benefits from access to Houston Public Library special collections (particularly the Gregory School archives).

$3,500 Stipend

2020 Scholar-in-Residence Application Deadline: January 17, 2020

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