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2009–2010 International Dissertation Research Grant Winners Announced

July 1, 2010

Contact: Margaret Jenkins

The American Academy of Religion is pleased to announce the recipients of its inaugural International Dissertation Research Grants program: Kathleen Foody, Ehud Halperin, and Ilyse Morgenstein-Fuerst.

The annual grants, designed to support AAR student members whose dissertation research requires them to travel outside of the country in which their school or university is located, are intended to help candidates complete their doctoral degrees by offsetting costs of travel, lodging, and other dissertation research-related expenses.

Foody, a doctoral candidate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, won the $5,000 grant for students working in any sub-discipline within religious studies. She will travel to Iran for research at the Iranian Institute of Philosophy.

Halperin, a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University, and Morgenstein-Fuerst, a Ph.D. candidate at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, won the Selva J. Raj Endowed International Dissertation Research Fellowship. Each receives $2,500. Halperin will do field research in the Kullu Valley in India, and Morgenstien-Fuerst will travel to London to research an original manuscript held by the British Library.

The grants are awarded on a competitive basis by a panel of senior AAR members selected by the AAR President.

As a learned society and professional association of teachers and research scholars, the AAR has more than 10,000 members who teach in some 1,000 colleges, universities, seminaries, and schools in North America and abroad. Founded in 1909, the AAR is dedicated to furthering knowledge of religion and religious institutions in all their forms and manifestations. This is accomplished through Academy-wide and regional conferences and meetings, publications, programs, and membership services.