Graduate Scholar Program

Call for Applications

2024-2025 Boniuk Institute Graduate Student Scholar Program

Rice University’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance (BI) is seeking
candidates for up to two Graduate Scholar positions during the 2024/ 2025 academic year. The position is open to graduate students enrolled in a Rice PhD program in any discipline, with academic/ research interests that align with the Boniuk Institute's mission as outlined below.

The Boniuk Institute is a premier interdisciplinary research and scholarly institute that aims to understand the conditions which lead to religious pluralism, tolerance, intolerance, conflict, and discrimination, and then help people apply its findings in their lives and communities.

Graduate Scholars will work under the supervision of BI Director Dr. Elaine Howard Ecklund, Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, Dr. Rachel Schneider, RPLP Director/ BI AD of Academic Programming, and Dr. Kerby Goff, BI AD of Research. Scholars will participate in a range of both scholarly research and outreach endeavors, including:
  • Participate in the Boniuk Institute Reading Religion Graduate Salon, in which Graduate Scholars will review current research on the topics of religion, religious pluralism and tolerance with an eye for publishing the reviews.
  • Attend the BI/ RPLP Scholars Meetings, in which Graduate Scholars will present their ongoing work to a scholarly group of peers.
  • Contribute to the Institute’s monthly newsletter by creating new and timely content on current research in the field of religion, religious tolerance and pluralism.
  • Assist with the planning, preparation and running of BI's annual Scholarly Conference, to be held in the Spring of 2025.
  • Teach a short segment for the Institute's Educator Professional Development program.
  • Participate in BI research projects as needed.
A stipend of $37,000 will be provided to BI Graduate Scholars with a start date of August 12, 2024 (in-person requirement beginning start of fall semester) to be paid over a 9 or 12 month period during the 2024/ 2025 academic year dependent on Graduate Scholars' home department policies.

This is a hybrid position with both remote and in-person participation. Graduate Scholars will be required to work on campus in the BI Graduate Scholars' office every Thursday, with possible additional in-person days to be determined by the Graduate Scholars' supervisors as needed.

Continuation of the Graduate Scholar position during the Spring 2025 semester will be contingent on the successful completion of the Fall 2024 semester.

Interested Rice University PhD graduate students should submit a CV, two paragraphs explaining your interest in the position, a scholarly writing sample of no more than fifteen pages, and the names and email addresses of two Rice University faculty references to Hayley Hemstreet ( by Monday, March 18, 2024.