Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Am I a suitable applicant?
A: To receive the Hansen Fellowship you need to be a full-time PhD student (excluding TEDS department fellows and program scholars) whose vocational interests and academic research match the vision and mission of the Henry Center.
Q: Can I apply for the Hansen Fellowship if I also have another scholarship?
A: Hansen Fellows may not hold more than one PhD scholarship concurrently. While many past fellows have been Program or Department fellows, they were never both concurrently. If you are a new matriculate and do not yet know whether you will receive one of the other scholarships, the Doctoral Selection Committee will award you the scholarship in your best interest.
Q: What does it mean to be a full-time PhD student?
A: PhD students who are enrolled in 9 hours of course-work are considered full-time. During comprehensive exams, proposal preparation, and dissertation writing, 3 hours of coursework constitutes full-time. If you are not registered as a full-time student, you must complete a full-time status request form (visit the ADO office for more details) and confirm that you intend to dedicate a minimum of 30 hours a week toward the advancement of your degree.
Q: What do I need to submit?
A: To apply, please submit all the documentation requested in our application form and as stated in our “become a fellow” page.
Q: When do I need to submit my application?
A: To apply, please submit your documentation by January 31.
Q: Where should I tell my references to send the letters?
A: Please email electronic copies to [email protected] If they are sending hard copies, the letters can be mailed to the following address:
Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Education
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
2065 Half Day Rd
Deerfield IL 60015
Q: Do I need to do any kind of work as a Hansen Fellow?
A: HCTU Fellows will attend and help publicize HCTU events and work an average of 4-5 hours per week during the school year, performing administrative and scholarly tasks for the HCTU Director. Additional work options exist for non-resident PhD students.
Q: When do I know if I have been awarded the Hansen Fellowship?
A: If you are an incoming student, you will receive an email from TEDS Admissions Department by April 1, including your acceptance letter and your scholarship and financial aid package. If you are a returning student, we will communicate our decision to you by May 25.
Q: When do I receive the financial aid?
A: You will receive $5,000 at the beginning of each semester (August and January), making a total of $10,000.
Q: Can I receive it all at once?
Q: What if my tuition fees are lower than the scholarship award?
A: Instead of being paid towards your TEDS tuition, you will receive the money as a stipend. When the scholarship money is awarded at the beginning of the semester, it is credited to your student account. If the balance is higher than tuition and other expenses, then the business office will cut you a check for the remainder. Talk with a person the Business Office windows.
Q: I have a question not listed here. Who can I contact?
A: You can email the Henry Center at [email protected] or contact by phone at 847.317.8066.