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Mellon Graduate Fellowships in Sociology of Religion at Notre Dame

June 14, 2011

As the premier university in North America for the academic study of religion, the University of Notre Dame has scores of faculty members, centers, and institutes across departments and schools whose scholarship focuses on religion. Among them is the Center for the Study of Religion and Society (http://csrs.nd.edu/), housed in the Department of Sociology. The Center is pleased to announce Mellon Graduate Fellowships for incoming graduate students.

In order to continue attracting outstanding doctoral students who can take advantage of Notre Dame’s distinction in the study of religion, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $657,000 to ND to support an initiative in religion across the disciplines. The funding includes generous support for incoming graduate students whose records are outstanding and who will work on religious topics in their academic disciplines. Funding will be awarded to the best students in competition across eight departments, including Sociology. Strong applicants in sociology of religion will be highly competitive for fellowships.

Support for Mellon Fellows includes continuing summer stipends, research funding, and special interdisciplinary workshops. Mellon Fellows will receive a normal graduate stipend plus four years of summer funding at $5,000 each summer. Presidential Fellows who are Mellon Fellows will receive, in addition to their already higher stipends, five summers of additional support at $3,000 per summer

Nominations for Mellon Fellowship are made by departments, based on the strength of graduate school applications. Details are available at http://rmellon.nd.edu.

In addition to its notable strengths in sociology of religion, noted above, the University of Notre Dame has centers of excellence in politics and religion, law and religion, religion and international development, religion and peace-building, literature and religion, medieval studies, religious and intellectual history, sacred music, the philosophy of religion, and other related areas. Notre Dame also has one of the best theology departments in the world.

Exceptionally strong prospective graduate students interested in the sociology of religion are encouraged to apply to the Sociology graduate program at Notre Dame and to express interest in these fellowships. Prospective applicants with questions may contact Christian Smith, chris.smith@nd.edu, or the Department of Sociology’s Director of Graduate Studies, William Carbonaro, wcarbona@nd.edu.