The Religious Studies GradShop

The GradShop is a workshop run by and for the Religious Studies graduate students with the support of the department. The GradShop meets two to three times each semester and provides graduate students with a forum to socialize and provide generative feedback to their peers. 

Graduate students in the Religious Studies Department are invited to share a draft or work-in-progress including but not limited to: 

  • conference proposal abstracts, 
  • drafts of conference presentations or papers, 
  • a selection from an MA thesis or dissertation draft, 
  • course syllabus/pedagogical activities, and
  • public-facing scholarship.  

For more information, please contact Graduate Student Tucker Gregor

Graduate student funding for conferences

Finding money for attending conferences is crucial to your graduate career.

In addition to meeting with the Division of Sponsored Programs to find specific funding for your project, here are some other sources of funding:

Departmental funding

The Department of Religious Studies has some funding available for travel to conferences. Contact us via email for more information.

Graduate Student Senate (GSS)

To apply for departmental funds you also need to apply for GSS travel funds. The GSS travel funds application is available on their website. These forms have periodic deadlines throughout the school year. 

Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students (ECGPS) travel grant

This grant worth up to $300 provides funding to students that have been accepted to present original research at a conference.

International Programs Graduate Student Conference Travel Awards

This award for $400 is offered through the International Programs Office and provides funds for students to present original research outside the US.

Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students (ECGPS) professional development grants

This grant worth up to $250 provides funding to students who are attending professional workshops and conferences that provide hands-on educational and professional experiences not available at the University of Iowa.

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Employment opportunities

Periodically, the department receives notice of miscellaneous job opportunities for graduate students or graduates. Review those opportunities here:

Career resources for UI graduate students

The Graduate College offers robust professional development services, including career guidance, national grants and fellowships support, and Iowa's Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL).

For more information on graduate student professional development services, visit the Grad Success Center.