Graduate School News

Doctoral Candidate in Religion Named a 2012 Newcombe Fellow

May 1, 2012

Gregory “G.A.” Lipton, a doctoral candidate in religion at UNC-Chapel Hill, has been selected as one of 21 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows for 2012.

Lipton's dissertation, “Making Islam Fit: Ibn ‘Arabi and the Idea of Sufism in the Secular Age,” explores the contemporary Western reception of the 13th-century Muslim mystic Ibn ‘Arabi and its implications.

The Newcombe Fellowship is the nation's largest and most prestigious award for doctoral candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. It was created in 1981 and is administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Each 2012 fellow will receive an award of $25,000.

The fellows were selected from an applicant pool of 550. They include scholars in religion, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, history, literature, political science, art history, Asian studies and Near Eastern studies and come from 13 institutions nationwide.

Over the past three decades, the Newcombe Fellowship has supported just over 1,100 doctoral candidates, most of them now noted faculty members at colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad.

Lipton completed both his bachelor's and master's degrees at UNC-Chapel Hill.

The UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School recently invited Lipton to join the Royster Society of Fellows as the Thomas S. and Helen Borda Royster and Snowden and Elspeth Merck Henry Dissertation Fellow for the 2012-13 academic year. The Royster Society of Fellows offers selected graduate students interdisciplinary engagement with others across the University, professional development and networking opportunities, among other benefits. Each year, invitations for membership in the Royster Society of Fellows are limited to only about 12 dissertation students from graduate programs across the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

More information on the Newcombe Fellowship and the 2012 recipients

More information on the Royster Society of Fellows at UNC-Chapel Hill