SAFE Guidelines

Religion Department Funding Opportunities (via SAFE)



The Religion Department Fund supports students’ scholarly travel to various Conferences, especially the annual AAR/SBL.

All graduate students of the Religion department, regardless of year, are welcome and eligible to apply.

Our funding is meant to supplement and defray costs incurred when traveling and may not cover all expenses.

Due to the very limited amount of funding available, please always research and look for additional funding opportunities such as the Dean’s Fund for Scholarly Travel (G3 – DCE1).

The maximum grant amount within a year is currently set at $800. Depending on the number of applications received, less may be given. Money is distributed as fairly as possible among all applicants with priority given to presenters, job market candidates and panelists as well as to those that were unable to secure other funding due to restrictions (but NOT missed deadlines). However, additional funding may be awarded at the end of the academic year if funds are still available. A new application may be required at that time.


Deadlines AY 2023-24:

Opportunity: "Religion Department Conference Funding for Graduate Students" (Including AAR/SBL)

Application opens:  August 01, 2023

Application closes:  June 30, 2024

Decision period: Decisions are typically made after the event for which funding is requested has occurred and receipts are submitted. This to account for changes in travel plans.


Award Guidelines

  • The current maximum grant amount per AY is $800 (2023-24)
  • Receipts are required before funding can be considered.
  • Expenses that can be included for consideration:
    • Airfare
    • Lodging (up to three nights)
    • Ground Transportation
    • Registration fee
  • Expenses excluded from consideration:
    • Annual membership fees
    • Meals of any kind
    • Activities outside of the event


Please note that not every request can be granted due to the limited amount of funding available. Additional rounds of funding can only be considered at the end of the fiscal year and if funds are still available.