Applications are invited from scholars involved in promising research in either of two areas, prioritized as follows: (1) women and religion, gender issues, and feminist perspectives on religion; (2) religion and poverty. For the 2009 competition, a total of $24,000 is available to be awarded. Dissertation research qualifies for funding. Scholars at the beginning of their careers are particularly encouraged to apply.

In addition, prior Fichter grantees may apply for travel assistance to attend the 2009 meeting to present the results of their research. These requests should be directed to the Executive Office prior to committing to program participation.

Application Procedure

Applicants must be members of the Association for the Sociology of Religion and also have been members at least during the year prior to that in which they submit their application. Click here for membership information.

A proposal of not more than five double-spaced pages should outline the rationale and plan of research. It should review briefly previous research and theory that forms the background for the study, describe methods and timetable, and summarize succinctly what his/her research aims to discover. A detailed, one-page budget should be attached, indicating the amount being applied for and the exact purposes for which it will be used. Include a brief curriculum vitae and a statement of qualifications that specifically addresses the research project.

Simultaneous submissions to other grant competitions are permissible if the applicant is explicit about which budget items in the Fichter grant proposal do not overlap items in other submitted proposals.

All submissions must be postmarked by March 1, 2009. Awards will be announced by May 1, 2009.

Send four printed copies of the proposal, budget and c.v. to:

Barbara J. Denison

POB 211

Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Voice: 717-477-1257


Members of the 2008 Selection Committee are Susan Eisenhandler,Michelle Fugate, Brian Starks, and Barbara Denison (chair).