Theta Alpha Kappa Graduate Fellowship Awards

2021 Awards

The Theta Alpha Kappa Graduate Fellowship Awards program supports students in the academic study of religion and theology who are pursuing graduate programs (master’s level or PhD) in religious studies and theology. The awards support Theta Alpha Kappa’s mission “to encourage, recognize, and maintain excellence” in “academic studies in Religion and Theology.”

Applicants must be entering the first year of their graduate program. Applicants must have obtained their undergraduate degree within the past three years from an institution with a TAK chapter in which they were inducted as a member. Students may be awarded the TAK Graduate Fellowship only once.

Fellowship award amounts are $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third place.

The following application materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, May 22, 2021 to the link below

  1. A formal letter of application from the applicant, detailing their academic achievements to date, and their long-term academic goals and intentions. The letter should explain how these goals align with Theta Alpha Kappa’s mission of supporting excellence in academic studies in religion and theology.
  2. Scans of the official transcript from their undergraduate institution.
  3. Proof of acceptance and intent to matriculate into the first year of a relevant graduate program in the academic study of religion or theology.
  4. Two letters of recommendation (in PDF format, on institutional letterhead) from faculty members who are familiar with the applicant and will speak in detail to the applicant’s academic work (not co-curricular or service work) in religion or theology. Applicants: it is your responsibility to ask faculty for letters of recommendation for the Graduate Fellowship Award.
  5. A separate letter from the TAK chapter representative of the applicant’s undergraduate institution. The letter should confirm the student’s membership in TAK and that the chapter supports the student’s application. It should be written on institutional letterhead and submitted directly by the representative. (If the student will be inducted subsequent to the deadline, the faculty representative should indicate the planned date of induction.)
  6. A one-page cover sheet with the following information:
    • the student’s legal name (to which the award check should be payable) and a physical mailing address that will be valid in Summer and Fall 2021 (for example, the student’s permanent address);
    • a statement from the student verifying that the copy of the transcript is of an unaltered, official transcript that accurately reflects their work;
    • the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of the two faculty members who are submitting letters of recommendation on behalf of the applicant;
    • the name, email address, and phone number of the TAK faculty representative who will confirm the student’s membership in TAK and that the chapter supports their application.

Fellowship checks will be mailed upon evidence of actual matriculation in the fall. Please contact TAK at theta_alpha_kappa_inquiries@thetaalphakappa.org if you have any questions.

 

2020 Awards

The Awards and Recognition Committee of Theta Alpha Kappa is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Graduate Fellowship Award. These awards support students in the academic study of religion and theology who are pursuing master’s or PhD-level graduate programs in religious studies and theology. The awards support TAK’s mission: “to encourage, recognize, and maintain excellence” in “academic studies in Religion and Theology.”

The first-place fellowship ($3000) is awarded to Jennifer Greenberg, an alumna of Washington University in St. Louis, who is beginning a master’s program at the University of Chicago.

The second-place fellowship ($2000) is awarded to Hannah Thorpe, an alumna of Elon University, who is beginning a master’s program at Emory University.

Two third-place fellowships ($1000 each) are awarded to Skylar Berlin, a Michigan State University alumna, who is beginning a master’s degree at Florida State University; and Fiona Chen, a Fordham University alumna, who is beginning a master’s program at Yale University.

Applicants must be entering the first year of their graduate program. Applicants must have obtained their undergraduate degree within the past three years from an institution with a TAK chapter in which they were inducted as a member. Students may be awarded the TAK Graduate Fellowship only once.

On behalf of TAK’s board, the Awards and Recognition Committee congratulates the winners and thanks all applicants for their applications. We wish all applicants the best in their graduate studies and hope they will continue to be engaged with Theta Alpha Kappa.

TAK National Board