Charles Rice Post-Graduate Research Fellowship

Providing Ursinus graduates with the means to design a post-graduate experience abroad during one full calendar year.


Application Now Closed for the 2020-2021 academic year!

The Reverend Charles Rice excelled in connecting graduating students with external fellowships like the Watson Fellowship and Fulbright Scholar Program that allow students to design their own project and explore it globally. Students who seek to research and explore the intersectionality of faith and social justice will be eligible to receive this internal fellowship with the aim to create a publishable manuscript at the end of their fellowship year. Two fellowships of $15,000 will be awarded.

Projects must contain an element of Christian exploration, which might include exploration of religiously based organizations, educational or health care institutions, or the impact of Christianity historically and culturally in a particular setting. Projects need not be confined to Christian exploration, but may explore the impacts of religion on culture comparatively.

Project example: researching the effects of how Christian organizations have contributed constructively to post-conflict reconstruction in war-torn societies.

Who is eligible to apply? Current graduating seniors and recent alumni of the Classes of 2016-2019.


Application Requirements:

  • Contact Assistant Director Angela Upright ( to express interest
  • Personal Statement (maximum 1000 words)
  • Project Description (maximum 1000 words)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Exemplary conduct while a student at Ursinus

This fellowship is funded through a generous grant from the Harold C. Smith Foundation. The Harold C. Smith Endowment for Christian Studies, Service, and Student Scholarships at Ursinus College aims to give students the opportunity to grow spiritually and intellectually as they engage in experiential learning, research, and service learning both domestically and abroad.

Harold C. Smith Program in Christian Studies News

Outreach Overseas: Pair of Alums Selected for Rev. Charles Rice Fellowship

Elizabeth Iobst ’19 and Malik Geraci ’19 have been awarded the second annual Charles Rice Post-Graduate Research Fellowship, a year-long research experience that encourages students to make a global impact. They are both journeying abroad to explore research projects centered around the intersectionality of faith and social justice.

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  • Christian Rice

    Director for the Harold C. Smith Program
    Bomberger Hall 207

    Angela Upright

    Assistant Director for the Harold C. Smith Program