C. Eric Lincoln Theology & Arts Fellowship
Find Sanctuary. Make Art.
The C. Eric Lincoln Fellowship is a competitive award that 1) provides funding to an undergraduate or graduate student to complete a sacred art project, 2) invites the fellow to broaden the reach of artistic expression at Duke Chapel, and 3) reflects on the work and legacy of Duke scholar C. Eric Lincoln. Applicants must be active students in good standing with their respective schools. Applicants can come from any religious or spiritual background. The fellowship runs the length of the Spring 2023 semester. Application deadline has been extended to Monday, December 5, 2022.
This fellowship is named in honor of the late C. Eric Lincoln, who was a professor of religion and culture at Duke University from 1976 to 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.
- Express artistic creativity
- Illuminate theological concepts
- Explore personal spiritual commitments
- Engage with the themes of gender, race, and religion
The Lincoln Fellow will work directly with the Chapel's Art Committee, as well as the director of Religious Life.
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.
The expectation is that the completed art project will be exhibited in the Duke Chapel sanctuary in April.
Read about past Lincoln Fellows and their exhibitions:
- 2021: Rebekah Schultz — Communion of Saints: A Reflection on the Body of Christ through Time and Space
- 2020: Kaiya Jennings — On the Shoulders of Our Sisters!
- 2019: Lizbeth Leapo — A Nation of Faith
- 2018: Evan Nicole Bell — Faith in Color: A Photographic Exploration of Race, Religion, and America in Tribute to C. Eric Lincoln
- 2017: Edom Tilahun and Justin Baez — Emnet