Grants & Awards

Grants & Awards

Joseph H. Fichter Research Grants

Fichter Research Grants are awarded annually by ASR to members of the Association involved in promising sociological research on women in religion or on the intersection between religion and gender or religion and sexualities.  See the sidebar for details.

Ralph A. Gallagher Travel Grants

Gallagher Travel Grants are awarded annually by ASR to members of the Association living outside the U.S. and graduate student members who seek funds to help defray the cost of staying at the ASR conference hotel to attend the Annual Meeting and to present their research.  See the sidebar for details.

Robert J. McNamara Student Paper Award

The McNamara Student Paper Award, in the form of a certificate of honor and a monetary grant, is given annually by ASR to recognize an outstanding paper in the sociology of religion written by a graduate student member of the Association.  The award is intended to encourage, recognize, and support outstanding student scholarship by our members.  See the sidebar for details.

Distinguished Article Award

The Distinguished Article Award, in the form of a certificate of honor and a monetary grant, is given annually by ASR to recognize the most outstanding journal article published by an ASR member or members.  The award is intended to encourage, recognize, and support outstanding scholarship by our members.  See the sidebar for details.

Paul Hanley Furfey Lecture

The Paul Hanley Furfey Lecture is given annually in honor of Monsignor Paul Hanely Furfey (1896-1992), who served as ASR’s seventh president in 1944.  Father Furfey was a priest and professor of sociology at The Catholic University of America, where he became known for his broad intellectual interests, his passion for civil rights and social justice, and his insistence on the use of rigorous social scientific methods.  The earliest lectures in honor of Father Furfey were delivered at The Catholic University of America by Robert Bellah (1974), Benton Johnson (1975), Gordon Zahn (1976), Talcott Parsons (1977), Robert Drinan (1978), Suzanne Keller (1979), and David Moberg (1980).  The Furfey lecture was entrusted to ASR in 1981 “to continue Furfey’s tradition of excellence.” It is a high point of the meeting and is published in Sociology of Religion. Recent lecturers include Immanuel Wallerstein, Robert Wuthnow, Ann Swidler, Jose Casanova, and Nancy Ammerman.

Previous Furfey Lecturers and Lecture Titles