General

The Carl F. H. Henry Resident Fellowship supports new approaches to theological inquiry in the doctrine of creation that address foundational questions of the nature of the world, as well as demonstrate theological humility and openness to the claims of science. As a resident fellowship community, the fellowship houses four concurrent research positions on Trinity’s campus, creating a collaborative, interdisciplinary research and learning environment. It is designed to advance evangelical understanding of the doctrine of creation by investing in the intellectual development and productivity of its leading theologians.

Because of the doctrinal nature of the project and the objectives that we hope to accomplish, our residency program will primarily be oriented towards philosophical and theological projects and disciplines (generally understood). Scientists are encouraged to apply for the discussion fellowship. The following fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis: (i) Senior Resident Fellowship; (ii) Resident Fellowship; and (iii) Regional Discussion Fellowship.

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Senior Resident Fellowship

Applicants for the Senior Resident Fellowship should be full-time tenured faculty members at accredited institutions of higher education and experts in the conversation. They should be interested in the pursuit of a research program that is relevant to the topic of inquiry and that advances the conversation while bringing new insights into the doctrine of creation, and they should be open to interdisciplinary discussions in theology (generally understood), philosophy, and the natural sciences. In addition to their own research interests and regular collaboration, the Senior Fellows will also be included in leadership decisions related to the Creation Project.

Those eligible for the Senior Research Fellowship are also welcome to apply for the Research Fellowship.

Eligibility

  • Full-time tenured faculty members at accredited institutions of higher education;
  • Established research record in the area of creation and/or the specific topic of inquiry;
  • Open to interdisciplinary discussions in theology, philosophy, and the natural sciences;
  • University approval of course release for fellowship.

Responsibilities of Fellowship

  • The pursuit of a major research project, ordinarily to result in a monograph or several articles and essays;
  • Regular office hours (intended to foster an ethos of collaboration among Fellowship community);
  • Leadership at weekly Creation Project discussions with other resident fellows and faculty members and doctoral students at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School;
  • Availability to provide guidance and leadership in planning the content of annual public events and summer Dabar Conference;
  • Attendance at, and participation in, select Creation Project events.

Application Requirements

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the program and fit with the overall program and specific theme;
  • A complete and current curriculum vitae;
  • A project abstract of no more than 150 words;
  • A statement between 1,200 and 1,500 words describing the project. The proposal should clearly state the relation between your research and the Center’s theme, the significance of the research, and the distinctive character of the argument advanced;
  • Names of three scholars who can serve as references for you.

NOTE: If your project is more introductory/popular than research oriented, then your project description must include a “hypothesis” about the social conditions that you wish to address and why you think this project will be able to do so.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Scholarly contributions within the scholar’s own field as it relates to the doctrine of creation;
  • Openness to interdisciplinary engagement, especially in relation to significant work in recent biology, primatology, physics, and other sciences;
  • The promise of new spiritual insights and progress for the sake of the church;
  • Helpfulness to ecclesial communities within evangelical circles on the relation of the doctrine of creation to important work in the natural sciences.


Quick Facts

  1. Year-long resident fellowship
  2. Two fellowships awarded annually
  3. 110% salary compensation (up to $100K)
  4. Up to $15K moving stipend
  5. Applications due Jan. 15

Resident Fellowship

Applicants for the Henry Research Fellowship program should ordinarily hold a PhD/ThD (in exceptional cases doctoral students may be considered), they should be interested in the pursuit of a research program that is relevant to the inquiry, and they should be open to interdisciplinary discussions in theology, philosophy, and the natural sciences. They should be interested in the pursuit of a research program that is relevant to the topic of inquiry and that advances the conversation while bringing new insights into the doctrine of creation, and they should be open to interdisciplinary discussions in theology (generally understood), philosophy, and the natural sciences.

The selected fellows will be compensated $32,000/semester with an additional stipend of $4,000 for relocation/housing. Applications for either year-long or semester-long residencies will be accepted. Office space at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School will be provided as part of the collaborative design of the resident fellowship.

Eligibility

  • Holds a PhD/ThD (in exceptional cases doctoral students may be considered);
  • Open to interdisciplinary discussions in theology, philosophy, and the natural sciences;
  • If currently employed, university approval of course release for fellowship.

Responsibilities of Fellows

  • The pursuit of a major research project, ordinarily to result in a monograph or several articles and essays;
  • Regular office hours (intended to foster an ethos of collaboration among the fellowship community);
  • Presence at weekly Creation Project discussions with other resident fellows and faculty members and doctoral students at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School;
  • Availability to provide guidance and leadership in planning the content of annual public events and summer Dabar Conference;
  • Attendance at, and participation in, select Creation Project events.

Application Requirements

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the program and offering a brief summary of your qualifications;
  • A complete and current curriculum vitae;
  • A project abstract of no more than 150 words;
  • A statement of 1,200-1,500 words describing the project. The proposal should clearly state the relation between your research and the Center’s theme, the significance of the research, and the distinctive character of the argument advanced;
  • Names of three scholars who can serve as references for you;

If the applicant has less than three years of experience in a tenure-track position, please also provide:

  • A paper (published or unpublished) that is representative of your best academic research and writing;
  • Letters of recommendation from three scholars listed above. These should address (a) your overall academic ability; (b) the merits of your proposed research program; and (c) your ability to make productive use of your time at the Henry Center.

NOTE: If your project is more introductory/popular than research oriented, then your project description must include a “hypothesis” about the social conditions that you wish to address and why you think this project will be able to do so.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Scholarly contributions within the scholar’s own field as it relates to the doctrine of creation;
  • Openness to interdisciplinary engagement, especially in relation to significant work in recent biology, primatology, physics, and other sciences;
  • The promise of new spiritual insights and progress for the sake of the church;
  • Helpfulness to ecclesial communities within evangelical circles on the relation of the doctrine of creation to important work in the natural sciences.

Quick Facts

  1. Four semester-long resident fellowships
  2. May apply for 1 or 2 semesters
  3. $32K/semester
  4. Up to $5K moving stipend
  5. Applications due January 15

Regional Discussion Fellowship

Trinity has gathered a resident fellowship community for the 2016-2017 academic year, addressing issues surrounding science and the doctrine of creation. Are you working in the doctrine of creation? interested in the relationship between science and the bible? Consider joining the Henry Regional Discussion Fellowship. Building off of the Creation Project’s team of resident scholars, the Discussion Fellowship is intended to foster collaborative, interdisciplinary conversation  that advances evangelical understanding of the doctrine of creation.

The fellowship will gather quarterly during the academic year for a half-day colloquium that includes discussion of recent books in the field, presentation of papers that are in progress, and other activities that will advance understanding and interdisciplinary engagement. All meals will be provided. Participants will receive reimbursement for travel and a stipend of $1,000.

Eligibility

Applicants for the Henry Discussion Fellowship should ordinarily be faculty members at accredited institutions of higher education, working in the general Chicagoland area (within four hours drive), and they should be interested in interdisciplinary discussions that involve theology, philosophy, and the natural sciences, and they should be interested in the broader dissemination of current and new insights. Both applicants who are currently engaged in the interdisciplinary conversation and those wishing to become acquainted with it are encouraged to apply.

Commitment Involves

  • Attendance at all quarterly meetings with other members of this group and with the Resident Fellows*;
  • Pre-reading of all selected material and group presentations;
  • The submission of one’s own work will also be strongly encouraged.

* Although complete attendence is not required at all four colloquia, privilege will be given to applicants who are able to do so. Additionally, the honorarium will be pro-rated based on attendance.

Application Requirements

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the program, providing a summary of your qualifications, and stating what contribution you believe you would make to these discussions. The letter should not exceed 1,000 words;
  • A complete and current curriculum vitae.

Quick Facts

  1. Intended for scholars in the Chicagoland area
  2. Ten Fellowships awarded annually
  3. Four quarterly half-day colloquia
  4. $1,000 stipend + travel expenses
  5. Applications due June 15

Theme Topic

Affirming the Doctrine of Creation in an Age of Science

When many evangelical Christians think of “creation,” they immediately think of “evolution,” and they often do so in terms that are either dismissive of “evolution” or of “those ‘fundamentalists’ who don’t believe in evolution”—with retrenchment and close-mindedness following. Frequently, evangelical discussions of creation have failed to grasp key elements of the doctrine of creation; too often the “creation vs. evolution” controversy takes center stage and crowds out the very theological convictions that may help frame the controversial issues, increase intellectual humility and openness, and provide fertile ground for new explorations between theology and science. Year two will thus attend to critical elements of the historic Christian doctrine of creation (e.g., the goodness and contingency of creation, ex nihilo, divine action) and to important questions and potential challenges to those elements from modern science.

Kinds of Theological Questions

  • Historically, what was at stake in debates over the goodness of creation? What is at stake in the current debates? E.g., what does it mean to affirm the goodness of creation if creation was never a place of shalom but was always and primordially a place of self-centered and destructive violence? How important is this doctrine in Christian theology? What are we to make of it today?
  • What does it mean to affirm the contingency of creation? What do such claims entail? How do confessions of the contingency of creation relate to various findings in the natural sciences? What is at stake (theologically) here?
  • What are contemporary Christians to make of the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo? Is this doctrine “confirmed” by science, undermined by it, underdetermined by it, or just what?
  • How should we think about divine action in light of modern science?
  • How should evangelicals think about “natural theology?”

Past and Future Years

2016-2017: Reading Genesis in an Age of Science

2018-2019: Reclaiming Theological Anthropology in an Age of Science

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Contact Us

If you have any questions or feedback about the Stott Award for Pastoral Engagement, or would simply like to talk with someone in person, please do not hesitate to contact us:

847-317-8066

[email protected]

This project is made possible through the support of a grant from Templeton Religion Trust. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Templeton Religion Trust.

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Important Dates

(2017 — 2018 Fellowship)

January 15, 2017
2017-2018 Proposals Due

March 1, 2017
Recipients Announced

June 15, 2017
Colloquium Applications Due

July 15, 2017
Colloquium Recipients Announced

August 28, 2017
2016-2017 Fellowship begins

December 18, 2017
Fall term ends

January 16, 2018
Spring Fellowship begins

May 11, 2018
Fellowship Ends