The Holstein Family and Community Chair in Religious Studies
Professor Melissa M. Wilcox currently holds the Holstein Chair. In addition to supporting Professor Wilcox’s research, the Chair also supports a number of ongoing programs:
The Holstein Award provides research funding for graduate students and lecturers at UCR whose work or current project focuses on religion and social justice. Applications for the award are accepted on a rolling basis.
The Holstein Dissertation Fellowship is an annual, non-stipendiary program that brings together a small cohort of doctoral candidates working in the area of queer and transgender studies in religion for networking, writing support, and mentoring at UCR and in the surrounding Southern California area. Fellows travel as a group to UCR on three separate weekends during the academic year; the fellowship pays all expenses for transportation, accommodations, and meals during each trip. Typical cohorts are composed of three to five Fellows, depending on available funding. Applications to join the 2019-2020 cohort are due on April 2, 2019.
The annual Holstein Graduate Prize awards a certificate of recognition and $250 to the author of the best paper or dissertation chapter written by a graduate student at UCR in the previous year on a topic related to religion and social justice. The deadline for submissions for the 2018-2019 academic year is May 1, 2019.
The Holstein Conference on Queer and Transgender Studies in Religion is a biennial academic conference at UCR that typically takes place on the last weekend in February of every odd (queer!) year. The inaugural conference will take place February 22-24, 2019. The CFP is available here; proposals are due by August 31, 2018.
The annual Holstein Undergraduate Prize awards a certificate of recognition and $250 to an undergraduate major in Religious Studies at UCR who is engaged in academic, artistic, or community work in social justice. For a list of past winners, please click here.