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There are many religions people align themselves with and for the most dedicated followers, life after college doesn’t mean a swanky corner office and unlimited expense accounts: It means becoming part of the faith they were raised in or educating others about it. But how does one gain the necessary knowledge to do so? By majoring in religion or theology.

Whether your goal is to become a priest, rabbi, teacher, activist or writer, a deep understanding of your chosen religion is vital in landing the position you desire. Expect to take a fair amount of history, anthropology, philosophy and writing-intensive courses in addition to your major classes and consider the possibility of studying abroad or accepting an internship or research fellowship to further immerse yourself in your studies. Funding your education, however, can become quite expensive and the best way to graduate with a limited amount of student loans (and the possibility of future debt) is to apply for religion and theology scholarships and grants to pay for school.

Scholarships.com lists numerous faith-based scholarship awards – Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Christian, Episcopalian, Hindu, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Muslim, Pagan/Wiccan and Presbyterian – but many universities like Fuller Theological Seminary and the Claremont School of Theology offer their own religion and theology scholarships. For additional scholarship opportunities, conduct a free scholarship search today!

Bache Renshaw Fellowship
Application Deadlines: January 16, Annually
The Renshaw Fellowship supports the study and shaping of school curricula by providing grants to those seeking to become superintendents; curriculum developers; or influential scholars teaching, writing, and lecturing on educational issues. The Renshaw Fellowship is granted to current doctoral students or applicants to doctoral programs in education.

Eligibility:
-Applicants must be members [...] More

Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowships
Application Deadlines: November 15, Annually
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), [...] More

David Pohl Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
This scholarship was established by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA) upon Rev. Pohl's retirement as Unitarian Universalist Association Director of Ministry in 1993. It supports the intellectual, spiritual, and professional development of individuals studying for Unitarian Universalist (UU) ministry. [...] More

Disciples Home Missions Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
Scholarships are made possible by gifts from individuals, families, congregations, and other expressions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. Scholarship funds are generated from interest earned on permanent funds and cash gifts, and are used as investments in persons preparing for ministry in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United [...] More

Disciples Leadership Program
Application Deadlines: December 01, Annually
This top-tier, competitive scholarship is awarded to first-time freshmen based on leadership, academic excellence, and the commitment to explore during college a life of faith-based servant leadership. Seminary-bound students are encouraged to apply, but all qualified DOC students with exceptional leadership and service will be equally considered. Applicants should have a minimum cumulative high [...] More

Dora Maclellan Brown Seminary Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 15, Annually
Born in 1879, the daughter of Thomas Maclellan and Helen Jardine Maclellan of St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, Dora Maclellan moved to Chattanooga with her family in 1892. Her father assumed directorship of Provident Life & Accident Insurance Company and she served as an executive with Provident. Believing that her financial blessings should be used for the benefit of mankind, Dora Maclellan [...] More

Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship
Application Deadlines: July 15, Annually
The Eileen J. Garrett Scholarship of $3,000 for undergraduate or graduate students who are enrolled in accredited parapsychology degree programs and/or who are completing masters or doctoral programs with research projects that include parapsychology. College students who are currently studying any field in parapsychology (telepathy, reincarnation, near-death experiences, etc.) may be eligible to [...] More

FTE Fellowships for Doctoral Students of African Descent
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
FTE offers financial support for doctoral students who have completed the coursework stage of their Ph.D. or Th.D. program in religion, theological studies or biblical studies.

Eligibility:
-Be of African descent enrolled or admitted full time in a Th.D. or Ph.D. program in religion, theological studies or biblical studies
-Be finished with coursework by the beginning of the fellowship year [...] More

FTE Fellowships for Latino/a, Asian and First Nations Doctoral Students
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
FTE offers financial support for doctoral students who have completed the coursework stage of their Ph.D. or Th.D. program in religion, theological studies or biblical studies.

Eligibility:
-Be of Latino/a, Asian, or first nations descent enrolled or admitted full time in a Th.D. or Ph.D. program in religion, theological studies or biblical studies
-Be finished with coursework by the [...] More

George and Lynna Gene Cook Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Lincoln Community Foundation manages over 50 scholarship funds.

Eligible applicants for the George & Lynna Gene Cook Scholarship are:
-Senior graduates from a Nebraska high school
-Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
-Plan to/are majoring in Ministry or Education
-Preference is given to the members of the First Church of God Congregation

This scholarship is no renewable.

To apply, visit the [...] More

Henry J. and Pauline M. Armstrong Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Lincoln Community Foundation manages over 50 scholarship funds. The Henry J. & Pauline M. Armstrong Scholarship is for seniors or graduates of Waverly High School in Waverly, Nebraska who are, or plan to major in agriculture, home economics or veterinary medicine, or are male students who will attend a Lutheran seminary with the intention of becoming a minister. Applicants must have financial [...] More

Interfaith Spiritutality Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
The purpose of this scholarship is to support deserving individuals who have demonstrated an interest in and are prepared to integrate interfaith understanding into their ministry and have a commitment to guiding others on their own spiritual path. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in a Masters of Divinity program leading to fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist (UU) minister. [...] More

Iowa UMF Seminary Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
Iowa United Methodist Foundation offers thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants every year to students who demonstrate academic and community excellence and have maintained a faithful membership with the United Methodist Church. For a full list of seminary scholarships, more information, and to apply, visit the IUMF website. [...] More

Jewish Community Center (JCC) North American Graduate Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The JCC Movement is a great place to build a career for people who really like people. JCCs welcome into their doors the full diversity of the North American population. Infants to the frail elderly and everyone in between receives services at the JCC, so Jewish Community Centers need staff members from a wide variety of fields, from personal trainers to early-childhood educators to financial [...] More

Khyentse Foundation Buddhist Studies Scholarships
Application Deadlines: January 15, Annually
Khyentse Foundation is a non-profit organization that offers scholarships for Buddhist scholars. KF Buddhist Study Scholarships are one-time grants to support individuals who wish to study the Dharma. KF accepts applications from teachers, students, scholars, and translators, from all traditions, schools, and sects of Buddhism.

KF accepts open scholarship applications twice a year, from [...] More

Louis-Edward Nicklies Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 28, Annually
The Louis-Edward Nicklies Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate, masters-level and doctoral students enrolled in 12+ credit hours who have graduated from a high school located in Jefferson County, KY.

Eligibility:
-Be a graduate of a public, parochial, or private high school in Jefferson County, KY
-Have an academic record indicating the ability to succeed at the undergraduate/graduate [...] More

Marguerite Young Endowment Fund
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Marguerite Young Endowment Fund was established to provide assistance for students pursuing theology. Marguerite Young was a sincere Christian woman who was a faithful member of her church and an unwavering supporter of theological education for the training of faithful Christian ministers.

Eligibility:
-Pursue a degree or studies in Theology
-Must be enrolled full-time in a [...] More

Mary E. Bivins Foundation Scholarships
Application Deadlines: January 29, Annually
The purpose of the Mary E. Bivins Foundation Religious Scholarship Program is to educate ministers to preach the Christian religion. Scholarships are provided for an upper-level undergraduate or graduate education leading to a Bachelors or Masters Degree in a field that prepares the student to preach the Christian religion. Priority will be given to students intending to serve as pulpit pastors [...] More

Muktabodha Indological Research Institute Fellowships
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Muktabodha's scholarship program began in 1998 by sponsoring three US graduate students to study in India under the guidance of internationally recognized scholar Dr. B. N. Pandit, a traditional expert on the philosophy of Kashmir Shaivism. This well known senior traditional scholar steeped in Indian methods of study and interpretation worked rigorously on a daily basis with these dedicated [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Founded in 1949, the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from public high schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in Washington state. Application forms are only available through these high schools and candidates for the scholarship are nominated by their school each year by March 1st. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 a year, and scholarships are renewable [...] More

Oklahoma Christian University Current Student Biblical Studies Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Oklahoma Christian awards more than $19 million in institutional scholarships and grants every year. Generous donors make it possible for Oklahoma Christian to offer a variety of scholarships for new and returning students majoring in preaching, Bible, ministry, vocational ministry and more.

For more information, visit our [...] More

Oklahoma Christian University New Student Biblical Studies Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Oklahoma Christian University applicants interested in becoming Bible majors are encouraged to apply for College of Biblical Studies endowed scholarship awards. Generous donors make it possible for Oklahoma Christian to offer a variety of scholarships for new and returning students majoring in preaching, Bible, ministry, vocational ministry and more. Award amounts vary based on academic profile [...] More

Presbyterian Student Opportunity Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
The Student Opportunity Scholarship program serves Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) college students by providing need-based aid for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are full-time, first-degree students attending accredited institutions in the United States. Student Opportunity Scholarship applicants will explore who God created them to be in a series of essay questions intended for students to [...] More

Presbyterian U.S.A. Native American Supplemental Grant
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
The Native American Supplemental Grant is for Native American and Alaska natives pursuing full-time post-secondary education who have been awarded the Presbyterian Study Grant and have remaining need.

Eligible applicants must be full-time M.Div. or M.A.C.E. students attending a Presbyterian Church U.S.A.-related seminary at the following institutions:
-Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary [...] More

Presbyterian U.S.A. Presbyterian Study Grant
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
Eligible applicants must be full-time M.Div. or M.A.C.E. students attending a Presbyterian Church U.S.A.-related seminary at the following institutions:
-Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
-Columbia Theological Seminary
-Interdenominational Theological Center
-Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
-McCormick Theological Seminary
-Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
-San [...] More

Presbyterian U.S.A. Racial Ethnic Supplemental Grant
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
The Racial Ethnic Supplemental Grant is for African American, Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic American or Native American students who have been awarded the Presbyterian Study Grant and have remaining need.

Eligible applicants must be full-time M.Div. or M.A.C.E. students attending a Presbyterian Church U.S.A.-related seminary at the following institutions:
-Austin Presbyterian [...] More

Presbyterian U.S.A. Women of Color Grant
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
The Presbyterian Women of Color Grant is for women minorities pursuing full-time post-secondary education who have been awarded the Presbyterian Study Grant and have remaining need.

Eligible applicants must be full-time M.Div. or M.A.C.E. students attending a Presbyterian Church U.S.A.-related seminary at the following institutions:
-Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
-Columbia [...] More

Rev. Robert E. and Gladys G. Ernst Scholarship
Application Deadlines:
The OBES exists to provide financial Assistance in the way of scholarships to prepare American Baptist Professional Ministers for tomorrow. The Rev. Robert E. And Gladys Ernst Scholarship awarded to current ABC/Ordained pastors of American Baptist Churches in Ohio who are pursuing post-graduate ministry degrees such as Master's or Ph.D of Divinity either at accredited institutions or through a [...] More

TEDS PhD Merit Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 15, Annually
The PhD Merit Scholarships are awarded by the PhD and Admissions committees for the Educational Studies and Intercultural Studies departments, and for the four Theological Studies departments (including Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, and Church History). Awards are renewable for a second year and are awarded based on full-time credits (9 or more) and will be pro-rated if [...] More

TEDS PhD Program Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 15, Annually
The PhD Program Scholarship is awarded to one recipient per PhD program (Theological Studies, Educational Studies, and Intercultural Studies), selected by the PhD and Admissions committees. Awards are based on full-time credits (9 or more) and will be pro-rated if registered for less than 9 credits in a semester. Applicants are considered automatically during the admissions process. The award is [...] More

TEDS PhD Waybright Leadership Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 15, Annually
The PhD Waybright Leadership Scholarship is awarded to one Educational Studies PhD student, once Intercultural Studies PhD student, and four Theological Studies PhD students selected by the PhD and Admissions committees. Applicants are considered automatically during the admissions process. Scholarships are renewable up to four years. [...] More

The David Eaton Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
Maurine Mulliner, a long-time member of All Soul's Church in Washington, DC, made an estate gift to establish this award in order to affirm Rev. David Hilliard Eaton's vision of a community dedicated to strengthening hope, justice and balance, and creating an anti-racist, multi-cultural religious organization and country. This scholarship is awarded to women from a historically marginalized group [...] More

The Donald K. Evans Memorial Theological Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
The Donald K. Evans Memorial Theological Scholarship Fund was established by the Ohio-Meadville District and is awarded to members or former members of congregations within the Ohio-Meadville District (Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Southwest New York State) who are preparing for the Unitarian Universalist [...] More

The Ingeborg Haseltine Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
Ingeborg Haseltine made a gift from her estate to establish a permanent scholarship fund to support the education of women pursuing a career in the ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in a Masters of Divinity degree program leading to fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist (UU) minister. [...] More

The John A. Buehrens Ministerial Scholarships
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
John A. Buehrens, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) from 1993-2001, has made enormous contributions to the life of this institution and to the Unitarian Universalist movement as a whole. To recognize and honor his work, the UUA has established a permanent fund to support the intellectual, spiritual, and professional development of future Unitarian Universalist ministers [...] More

The Lucille K. and Jerome P. Gallon Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
The Lucille K. and Jerome P. Gallon Scholarship fund was created to support promising candidates for Unitarian Universalist ministry. This scholarship is to individuals who have demonstrated strong preaching skills during their path to ministry. The funds are available to students enrolled at least half-time in a Masters of Divinity degree program leading to fellowship as a Unitarian [...] More

The Martha and Robert Atherton Ministerial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
Established in 1997, this scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to promising ministerial students in their 2nd or 3rd year of seminary who have already proven their capabilities. This scholarship is awarded to individuals who respect hard work as a foundation of a full life and appreciate the freedom, political system, and philosophical underpinnings of our country. Priority is [...] More

The Olympia Brown and Max Kapp Award
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
The Olympia Brown and Max Kapp Award is made to a ministerial student who, in addition to meeting the requirements for general financial aid, chooses to submit as part of their general financial application a paper, sermon, or another special project on some aspect of Universalism. Entries are evaluated by an outside reader. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in a Masters of Divinity [...] More

The President William G. Sinkford Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
The Unitarian Universalist Association established the President William G. Sinkford Fund in 2008, during the last year of Rev. Sinkford's UUA Presidency. Having begun his service in June 2001, Rev. Sinkford left the Association with many profound and lasting gifts including the innovative Diversity of Ministry Initiative and support for lay theological education and ministerial development [...] More

The Rev. Chuck and Nancy Thomas Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 25, Annually
This scholarship serves Unitarian Universalism, and individual Unitarian Universalists like Chuck and Nancy Thomas, by valuing a history of service and leadership as critical elements of a call toward professional theological training. Each year it supports a student in the first year of seminary or in preparatory academic work. Scholars qualify for the award by demonstrating their outstanding [...] More

The Roy H. Pollack Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
The Roy H. Pollack Scholarship was created in 1998 to support second or third-year students who have strong academic records and are a promising candidate for the Unitarian Universalist ministry. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in a Masters of Divinity program leading to fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist (UU) [...] More

The Saul Kagan Claims Conference Fellowship for Advanced Shoah Studies
Application Deadlines: January 04, Annually
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) is offering a limited number of fellowships for Ph.D. and postdoctoral candidates conducting research on the Holocaust.

The Saul Kagan Claims Conference Fellowship for Advanced Shoah Studies aims to strengthen Shoah studies and Holocaust memory throughout the world. Our mission is to support the advanced study of the [...] More

The Susan M. Jackson Ministerial Scholars Fund
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
Susan M. Jackson's children established this fund on Ms. Jackson's 85th birthday to honor her commitment and dedication to Unitarian Universalism. This scholarship is awarded to recipients who share with the wider world their enthusiasm about Unitarian Universalist (UU) ideas and conclusions, drawn from their faith, which influence their lives. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in a [...] More

United Methodist GBHEM Doctorate Level Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
GBHEM Scholarships administers scholarship programs with one general application. Criteria for each scholarship program varies.

The minimum requirements for Doctoral scholarships are:
-Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA person
-Applicants must be an active full member of The United Methodist Church for at least 1 year (International applicants must be active full [...] More

United Methodist GBHEM Ministry as a Career Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
GBHEM Scholarships administers scholarship programs with one general application. Criteria for each scholarship program varies.

The minimum requirements for Ministry scholarships are:
-Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA person
-Applicants must be an active full member of The United Methodist Church for at least 1 year (International applicants must be active full [...] More

Valley Humanities Review High School Scholarship
Application Deadlines: December 15, Annually
The Valley Humanities Review is currently seeking essays in the humanities - including literature, film, art, history, religion, or philosophy - written by current high school students that demonstrate high quality, intellectual rigor and originality. The winner will receive a $500 prize and publication in the spring issue.

The goal with all our projects is to encourage a culture of [...] More

Von Ogden Vogt Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 15, Annually
This scholarship was established in 2001 by Walter and Carolyn Vogt to honor Walter’s father The Rev. Dr. Von Ogden Vogt and his dedication and commitment to Unitarian Universalism. Scholarships are given to support the intellectual, spiritual, and professional development of future Unitarian Universalist ministers who are attending Meadville Lombard Theological [...] More

Last Edited: December 2015

Religion/Theology Scholarships

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