Religion and the Arts Travel Grant


The Religion and the Arts Travel Grant, funded through the generosity of Diane Apostolos-Cappadona, is awarded annually to a graduate student studying religion and the arts who is without institutional support to attend the November Annual Meeting. The grant offsets travel costs associated with attending the November Annual Meeting: registration fees (including tours and workshops), hotel room, transportation, and meals up to $1,500. View a list of past winners.


  • Current AAR membership at the time of application and throughout the grant period. Preference will be given to applicants with consistent membership.
  • Current status as a graduate student
  • Enrolled in a Religion and the Arts degree program or writing a thesis or dissertation on Religion and the Arts
  • Lack of access to institutional or external funding

How to Apply

Applicants must submit an application form and the required materials through the AAR Grant Application Submission System.

Late, emailed, or incomplete applications and/or required materials cannot be accepted.

Application Requirements

  • Completed Application Form
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Current CV

Applicants must provide the following information on the application form:

  • Brief bio including name, institutional affiliation
  • Description of field of study/program and research interests, especially around Religion and the Arts
  • Statement of plans and involvement with religion and the arts opportunities at the November Annual Meeting; participation on the program is a plus
  • Statement of financial need that describes the following: 
    • Current income 
    • Estimated costs to attend the AAR November Annual Meeting (including airfare, ground transportation, parking, housing, meals, and other expenses)
  • Any institutional or external travel support available to the applicant

Applicants should be prepared to upload the following required materials in PDF format:

  • Letter of recommendation from professor, chair, or director confirming the topic of your thesis or dissertation is on Religion and the Arts
  • Current CV

Winner Notification and Expectations

  • The members of the AAR’s Annual Meeting Travel Grants Jury select the grant winner.
  • Notification of application status is typically made by late June.
  • The grant will be distributed via wire transfer after the November Annual Meeting. 
  • The grantee must submit receipts for expenses.
  • By January 31 of the following calendar year, the grantee must submit an expense report along with a detailed report about their contributions to the November Annual Meeting and the benefits of Annual Meeting attendance for their scholarship and vocation.


Contact us at [email protected] if you have additional questions.




To Be Announced

Award Amount

Up to $1,500 to defray travel costs associated with attending the AAR November Annual Meeting