Theological Education Fellowships
As part of its Vocation of the Theological Educator Initiative, the Louisville Institute
offers three fellowship programs designed to support the formation of ecclesially engaged
academics for teaching and scholarship that serves the church and its ministries. With this
Initiative, the Louisville Institute seeks to address the need for a new generation of faculty
who are vocationally formed so that they may better respond to the needs of communities of
faith and their future leadership—ministry students.
Two VTE fellowship programs—Doctoral Fellowships and Postdoctoral Fellowships—focus on the second
and third years of Ph.D. study and the early postdoctoral stage, respectively. In addition, the
Dissertation Fellowship program also supports the goals of the Vocation of the Theological Educator
Initiative. Click on the appropriate link below for additional application information about each fellowship program or click here to review fellowship application procedures.
The two-year nonresidential Doctoral Fellowship Program invites gifted Ph.D./Th.D. students to consider theological education as their vocation. Up to ten Fellowships of $2,000 a year for two years will be offered. In addition a colloquium of the ten Doctoral Fellows will meet twice during each fellowship year.
Deadline: March 1
The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides up to five awards of $25,000 each year to support a two-year teaching internship in a theological school, chosen by the Louisville Institute in consultation with the applicant. Postdoctoral Fellows will constitute a peer cohort along with two experienced co-mentors (one professor and one pastor) and up to three pastoral colleagues. Each cohort will meet a total of six times over two years.
Deadline: December 1
As a part of the VTE initiative, the Dissertation Fellowship Program offers up to seven $22,000 grants to support the final year of Ph.D. or Th.D. dissertation writing for students engaged in research pertaining to North American Christianity, especially projects related to the current program priorities of the Louisville Institute. VTE Doctoral Fellows are encouraged to apply for the Dissertation Fellowship program. It is also open to outstanding students who may not intend to teach in theological education but whose dissertation projects have the potential to strengthen the religious life of North American Christians and their institutions.
Deadline: February 1