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 held locally) centered on faith or spirituality from any tradition. These grants are awarded on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. Preference is given to grant applications submitted at least one month prior to the start date of the conference or retreat.

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Winter, Spring, and Summer Break Grants

Winter, Spring, and Summer Break 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(s). Applicants must clearly state in their supporting essay how the proposed project will help them learn about or embody one or more spiritual or religious traditions. The maximum grant awards are $750 for Winter and Spring Break and $3500 for Summer Break.


While these grants may be awarded to a project related to any religious or spiritual tradition, a portion of the grant funds are earmarked (by wishes of the donors) for student projects in specific traditions, as follows:

  • initiatives directly rooted in Asian cultures and traditions, whether focused on Asian religions or Asian contemplative and mindfulness practices such as meditation, prayer, rituals, or yoga;
  • retreats at Buddhist communities, temples, monasteries, etc.;
  • projects relating to or embodying Christian faith in an intentional and clear manner;
  • faith-oriented experiences students considering a Christian church vocation;
  • experiences for students who identify as Jewish, either religiously or culturally, and whose project focuses on some dimension of Judaism;

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