C. Eric Lincoln Theology and Arts Fellowship

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 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. Applicants can affiliate with any religious tradition or practice. The fellowship runs the length of the Spring 2022 semester. Applications are due Tuesday, November 30, 2021. 

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.

We solicit applications from individual students or groups of students who seek to do the following: 
  • Express artistic creativity
  • Illuminate theological concepts
  • Explore personal spiritual committments
  • Engage with the themes of gender, race, and religion

Lincoln Fellow(s) will be notified by December 20, 2021. 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.

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. 

The expectation is that the completed art project will be exhibited in the Duke Chapel sanctuary in late April. 

Past Fellows

Read about past Lincoln Fellows and their exhibitions: