Announcing the Center for the Arts & Religion Research Scholarship

The Graduate Theological Union’s Center for the Arts & Religion (CARe) is pleased to announce a new scholarship for PhD students.

The tuition scholarship of $10,000 per year for two consecutive years is available for a PhD student whose research interests align with those of faculty in the Arts and Religion concentration, such as the visual and material cultures of religion, or the intersection of religion and literature. 

Since its founding in 1962, the GTU has been home to innovative scholarship relating to religion and the arts. The interdisciplinary field at the GTU was initially given shape by Professor Jane Dillenberger, a noted pioneer in the field who became widely known for her work on the presence of the sacred in modern art. 

Today, art and religion is a robust concentration at the GTU and has broadened its scope to focus on a wide range of art and artifact types viewed through socially relevant themes such as ecology and sustainability, and environmental and social justice. 

The GTU’s location in the San Francisco Bay Area affords a unique opportunity for students of religion and the arts to join and draw from the vibrant community of artists and creatives who have long called the area home. 

“We are excited to introduce this scholarship to recognize outstanding students with intellectual curiosity and creative thinking who will work productively with our art and religion faculty,” said Dr. Elizabeth Peña, Interim Dean and VP for Academic Affairs, and Director of CARe. “We look forward to fostering rewarding and enriching projects that will advance the field of art and religion with new, innovative scholarship.”

Learn more about this scholarship, including application details and deadlines, at