The Chaplains' Office awards a variety of grants to Davidson College students. These grants give students opportunities to express and explore faith, spiritual life, and religious diversity in a global context.

Students of any religious tradition, spiritual practice, or secular background may apply for Chaplains’ Office grants (except as noted). The Dean Rusk International Studies Program also offers the Hanafi grant to students seeking to gain appreciation for religious diversity and pluralism.

Conference/Retreat Grants

The Chaplains' Office awards grants of up to $250 for students to attend conferences or retreats centered on faith or spirituality from any tradition. These grants are awarded on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. Grant applications are due one month prior to the start date of the conference or retreat.

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Winter and Spring Break Grants

Spiritual Exploration Grant — Spiritual Exploration Grants are awarded to students for short-term study, service, or experiential learning, either domestic or international, that relates to or embodies expressions of spirituality or any religious tradition. The maximum grant award is $750 for Winter and Spring Break. 

Staley Grant — Staley Grants are awarded to students for short-term study, service, mission, or experiential learning, either domestic or inter-national, that (in accordance with the donors' wishes) relates to or embodies Christian faith. The maximum grant award is $750 for Winter Break and Spring Break.

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Summer Grants

Spiritual Exploration Grant — Spiritual Exploration Grants are awarded for study, service, or experiential learning, either domestic or international, that sub-stantially relates to any spiritual or religious tradition(s). Applicants must clearly state in their supporting essay how the pro-posed project will help them learn about or embody one or more spiritual or religious traditions. The maximum grant award is $3,500 for summer break. 

Staley Grant — Staley Grants are awarded for study, service, mission, or experiential learning, either domestic or international, that (in accord-ance with the donors' wishes) relates to or embodies Christian faith. Applicants must clearly state in their supporting essay how the proposed project will help them learn about or embody Christian practices, beliefs, or traditions. The maximum grant award is $3,500 for summer break. 

McCall Grant — McCall Grants are awarded for travel abroad specifically to broaden the recipient's cultural, economic, ethnic, or social horizons through study, service, or experiential learning. Applicants must clearly state in their supporting essay how they hope the pro-posed project will broaden their horizons in one or more of the ways mentioned above. Applicants need not have a religious affiliation, nor must their project be religious in nature. In accordance with the donor's wishes, however, the project must, broadly speaking, be in consonance with a Christian vision that promotes the recipient's well-being, respect for others, and the common good. The maximum McCall Grant award is $3,500. 

Warner Hall Pre-ministerial Travel / Study Grant — Warner Hall Grants are awarded for travel and study outside the United States. In accordance with the donor's wishes, these grants are for students considering a Christian church vocation. Applicants must clearly state in their supporting essay how the proposed project relates to consideration of a Christian church vocation. The maximum Warner Hall Grant award is ordinarily $4,500.

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