As a professional, you will be eligible for fellowships of various sorts. There is a world of funds available for the enterprising professional who can write good proposals. For example, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation offer grants for relatively senior scholars with projects. The Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School offers a one-year residency fellowship, as do many humanities centers at universities and colleges. The AAR Web site lists some of these sources, as do university offices of sponsored research.