Theta Alpha Kappa Graduate Fellowship Awards

2023 Winners

Three students were awarded Graduate Fellowship Awards for the 2023–2024 academic year and are pictured above. The first place fellowship was awarded to Lucianna Onderwyzer Gold. Lucy was inducted into TAK as an undergraduate Religious Studies major at Pomona College (in the Claremont Colleges chapter) and now is pursuing her Ph.D. in Religion and Critical Thought at Brown University. Ciara Mulcahy, our second-place GFA winner, was inducted into TAK as an undergraduate at Kenyon College, where she double-majored in Religious Studies and Classics. She now studies early Christianity in the Ancient Mediterranean Religion track at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Calista Alejandra Robledo was the recipient of the third GFA prize. Inducted into TAK at St. Edward’s University, where she double-majored in Catholic Studies and Writing and Rhetoric (with a concentration in Creative Writing), she is now enrolled in the M.Div. program at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

2024 Application

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 in one PDF by 11:59 pm Eastern time on FRIDAY, JULY 12, using this Google Form (found at The application requires:

1.  A one-page Information Sheet (found here) 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 2024 (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 and email addresses of the two faculty members who are submitting letters of recommendation on behalf of the applicant;

-the name and email address of the TAK chapter representative who will confirm the student’s membership in TAK and that the chapter supports their application.

2. 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 religious studies and theology.   

3. Proof of acceptance into the first year of a relevant graduate program in the academic study of religion or theology.

4. Intent to matriculate into the first year of a relevant graduate program in the academic study of religion or theology.

5. Scans of the official transcript from their undergraduate institution.

In addition to this single PDF, student applicants need to arrange to have the following items submitted by faculty members at the same link used for the application (

  1. 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.)
  1. 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.

Fellowship checks will be mailed upon evidence of actual matriculation in the fall. If you have any questions, please contact the selection committee at