The Fritz Graf Fund for the Graduate Interdisciplinary Study of Ancient Mediterranean Religions was established in 2014 through the generous donation of one of Professor Graf's former graduate students. Its purpose is to provide support for the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization: Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (GISRAM) and its students. The primary intended use of the fund is to provide support for graduate students' travel to conferences relevant to their developement as scholars of ancient Mediterranean religions. Any graduate student who has passed his or her candidacy exams and has declared an intention to earn the GISRAM certificate may apply for funding to the director of GISRAM; decisions will be made by GISRAM's faculty committee.
As a rule of thumb, two to three awards of between $500 and $1000 will be given out each year. Students may apply for more than one award, although some preference will be given to students who have not previously received funding. Funding may be used to attend a conference for any reason-delivering a paper, attending a session important to one's doctoral research, or getting to know experts in the field, for example. We encourage students to supplement GISRAM funding with funds available from their Departments, the College, or the University.
Since its inception, the Graf Fund has made more than twenty awards to GISRAM students.