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 intellectual humility and openness to the claims of science. It is designed to advance evangelical understanding of the doctrine of creation by investing in the intellectual development and productivity of its leading theologians. As a resident community, the fellowship houses four concurrent research positions on Trinity’s campus, creating a collaborative, interdisciplinary research and learning environment.

Because of the doctrinal nature of the project and the objectives aspired to, our residency program will primarily be oriented towards philosophical and theological projects and disciplines (generally understood). The following fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis: (i) Senior Resident Fellowship; and (ii) Resident 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.

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. 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.

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;
  • 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 fellowships awarded annually
  2. May apply for 1 or 2 semesters
  3. $32K/semester
  4. Applications due Jan. 15

Topic of Inquiry

‘In the Image of God He Created Them’: Theological Anthropology”

Throughout the biblical witness, humanity is consistently depicted as occupying a unique location within the rest of creation. Humanity was created “a little lower than the angels,” as the Psalmist puts it, yet “crowned with glory and honor.” In Genesis humanity alone is said to be “very good,” made in the image and likeness of God, and given dominion over the rest of creation. These depictions ground the Christian understanding of humanity’s place in the cosmos. What the Bible takes for granted is a point of debate in modern, scientific thought and a focal point in the science-theology discussions. Difference between humanity and other animals has been replaced with an emphasis on similarities. To what extent are humans unique within the created cosmos? What is consciousness—is it reducible to complex physical properties? Is human capacity for language qualitatively distinct from the communicative abilities of other animals? Year three revisits these questions about the place of humanity in God’s created order.

Sample questions and concepts

  • What should evangelical Christians conclude about human origins? What challenges are raised by current work in biology, genetics, and paleoanthropology—and what insights might be gleaned from these studies?
  • What do we have in common with other creatures, and what is unique about humankind?
  • How does the Bible portray human uniqueness (especially with respect to the image of God, the importance of vocation, the centrality of communication, etc.)?
  • What can we learn from recent work in such fields as psychology, sociology, biology, anthropology, and cognitive science about our common humanity?
  • How do matters of human destiny inform our understanding of theological anthropology?


Past Years

2016–2017: Reading Genesis in an Age of Science

2017–2018: Affirming the Doctrine of Creation in an Age of Science

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

2019–2020: ‘And God Said . . . And It Was So’: Divine Action, Contingency, and Modern Science

2020–2021: ‘God Saw That It Was Good’: Uniting the Natural and Moral Order

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Regional Discussion Fellowship

In addition to the Resident Fellowship, the Creation Project is sponsoring six Regional Discussion Fellowships, located at evangelical seminaries across the U.S.

These Fellowships meet semi-annually and gather an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional group of scholars for collegiality and discussion on the pressing issues at the intersection of the doctrine of creation and modern science. All participants receive a $750 stipend for participation.

The fellowships are by-invitation only. To inquire about availability, contact the Fellowship leader in your area listed below.

Participating Seminaries

Covenant Theological Seminary and Fontbonne University | St. Louis, MO
Contact: Brian Matz | [email protected]

Beeson Divinity School | Birmingham, AL
Contact: Douglas Sweeney | [email protected]

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary | Wake Forest, NC
Contact: Ken Keathley | [email protected]

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary | Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: John Hilber | [email protected]

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School | Deerfield, IL
Contact: Geoffrey Fulkerson | [email protected]

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary | Wenham, MA
Contacts: Adonis Vidu and Sean McDonough
[email protected] and [email protected]

Quick Facts

  1. Regional Fellowships across the U.S.
  2. Three quarterly half-day colloquia
  3. $750 stipends


Informational Meet-up Opportunities

The Henry Resident Fellowship is a fully-funded study leave that supports new approaches to theological inquiry in the doctrine of creation. The fellowship buys out contracts, so no sabbatical is required.

Zoom Info Sessions

Want to learn more? We are hosting a number of Zoom info-sessions that provide further information about the fellowship: the application process, the logistics of the fellowship, the topic of inquiry for the year, as well as time for any questions that you may have.



One-on-one Consultations

You can also schedule one-on-one appointments with Henry Center staff to get individualized feedback about your project, regardless of where you’re at in the proposal process.To set up a time for a one-on-one consultation, sign up for one of the open time slots on the calendar below. Alternatively, you can also email [email protected] and include the subject line “Henry Fellowship Consultation.” We’ll work with you to set up a time that best fits your current schedule.

 

Important Dates

(2021 — 2022 Fellowship)

January 15, 2021
2021-2022 Proposals Due

March 1, 2021
Recipients Announced

August 20, 2021
2021-2022 Fellowship Begins

December 17, 2021
Fall Term Fellowship Ends

January 17, 2022
Spring Term Fellowship Begins

May 13, 2022
Fellowship Ends

 

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