Established in 1999, the Vivian and John Dixon Award for Graduate Study in Art and Religion provides an annual grant to a graduate student in art history or religion who is interested in studying the relationship between art and religion. The purpose of the award is to encourage the study of the interplay between art and religion, the implications of each for the understanding of the other, and the ways in which the study of one discipline illuminates the study of the other.

Students who receive this award are selected by faculty from both the Department of Art and the Department of Religious Studies. Preference is given to PhD-level students. Recipients of this award must be willing to undertake mastery of a basic corpus of works by major authors in religion and art history as a condition of the grant. Arrangements for this course of study are implemented on an individual basis.

This award is open to both incoming and current students. Interested and qualified students should submit the following materials with their applications:

  • a letter explaining their interest in the fields of art and religion
  • transcripts of all graduate work
  • a writing sample (such as a paper from a recent course relating to the student’s interest in art and religion)
  • students already enrolled in the program should submit a letter of recommendation from a UNC faculty member

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