C. Eric Lincoln Theology and Arts Fellowship

C. Eric Lincoln Theology & Arts Fellowship

Find Sanctuary. Make Art.

The C. Eric Lincoln Fellowship is a semester-long program that 1) provides funding to an undergraduate or graduate student for a sacred art project and 2) invites the fellow to broaden the reach of artistic expression at the Duke University Chapel. Applicants must be active students in good standing with their respective schools. The fellowship runs the length of the Spring 2021 semester.

Due to Covid-19, the Lincoln Fellow will be asked to produce a visual art exhibit that can be experienced digitally, with the potential for a physical display in Duke Chapel in late spring of 2021. 

Applications are due Wednesday, December 16, 2020.


We solicit applications from individual students or groups of students whose artistic expressions include one or more of the following:
  • Employ theological concepts
  • Illuminate one’s personal faith
  • Display iconography
  • Engage the topics of gender, race, and religion

The Lincoln Fellow will work directly with the director of Religious Life, as well as the Chapel's Art Committee. 

In selecting a Lincoln Fellow, the committee will look for theological vision, artistic preparedness, ability to complete the project, a timetable for bringing work to completion, and a proposed budget for the funding of the project. Proposals can be of art that has been previously exhibited elsewhere—either on or off campus. However, we are looking for original works.

Funding provided to the Lincoln Fellow can be used for fees, supplies, and other educational expenses for the purposes of this proposed project. Funding may not be used for tuition or for course credit. The funds provided may cover the entire project; or it may cover a portion of it and the scholar can procure funding from other sources. We expect the Lincoln Fellow to utilize on-campus resources like the Duke Arts Annex so that most, if not all, of the exhibit can be prepared on-campus. Funding may not be used for tuition or for course credit. 

The proposed project must be exhibition-ready by March 31, 2021. The expectation is that the art project will be exhibited digitally in April. Due to Covid-19, the opportunity for a physical exhibition is still under consideration. Failure to produce a completed project will result in not receiving the full fellowship funds.

This fellowship is named in honor of C. Eric Lincoln who was a professor of Religion and Culture at Duke University from 1976–1993. His work is internationally recognized as an authority on the sociology of religion as it relates to race and ethnicity in the United States. His life of ministry models both the academic integrity and faith formation the Chapel’s student ministry also attempts to embody.

Past Fellows

Read about past Lincoln Fellows and their exhibitions: