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 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 undergraduates in good standing in Trinity College or the Pratt School of Engineering. The fellowship runs the length of the Spring 2020 semester. The Lincoln Fellow is expected to produce a visual art exhibit to be displayed in Duke Chapel in April of 2020.

Applications are due Friday, January 24, 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 Fellow will work directly with the C. Eric Lincoln Minister for Student Engagement, a position established in 2014 to engage students and the wider Duke community with programming, concerts, and exhibitions in keeping with the Chapel’s commitment to faith and the arts.

Proposals can be of art that has been previously exhibited elsewhere—either on or off campus. However, we are looking for original works.

In selecting a scholar, the committee will look for immediate preparedness, ability to complete the project, a timetable for bringing work to completion, and a proposed budget for the funding of the project. The funding can be used for fees, supplies, travel and other educational expenses for a faith-based and visual arts-centered project proposed by undergraduates. The funds provided to the Lincoln Fellow 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 project proposal must be arts-based and be exhibition ready by April. Failure to produce a project will result in not receiving the fellowship funds. The expectation is that the exhibition of the art project will be displayed from April until the end of the semester.

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.