The G. Walter Hansen Fellowship supports three PhD students whose vocational interests and academic research focus on yielding more faithful and effective strategies for biblical-theological ministry, creating a global culture of collaboration among evangelical ministers of the Word.
The Hansen Fellowship awards unrestricted $10,000 fellowships to talented incoming and returning full-time TEDS PhD students who have shown a remarkable academic performance, exceptional engagement with the Center and its mission, and a extraordinary potential as a servant-leader in Christ’s kingdom. Exceptional Fellows may receive a one-year renewal of their Fellowships, making them HCTU Fellows for a total of two years (excluding TEDS department fellows and program scholars). All applications are due by January 31.
3 Awarded Annually
Renewable One Time
Applications Due Jan 31
- A commitment to the biblical and theological ministries of the church
- Outstanding academic performance and scholarly potential
- Outstanding academic performance and scholarly potential
- Understanding and support of the HCTU mission
- Full-time student enrolled in the TEDS PhD Program
* Applications that are incomplete will not be accepted. Please read and follow the below instructions. If you have any questions, you can contact us at [email protected].
Please submit a cover letter of no more than two pages, which describes your sense of God’s calling (vocation) on your life and how it relates to the vision and purpose of the Henry Center.
Please submit a two-page statement of your research interests and their relation to the mission of the Henry Center. Statements that engage with one or more of the following HCTU concerns will receive preference: the relationship between biblical interpretation and scholarly work in the “non-theological” disciplines; the relationship between Scripture and Christian ministry; Christian cultural exegesis and engagement. For a complete description of the Henry Center, visit our about and purpose pages.
The recommendations should address your qualifications for a Hansen Fellowship. Ideally, one recommendation should come from the first reader, or anticipated first reader, of your research project. You are responsible for contacting your references, but the letters should be emailed directly from recommender to [email protected]. If you send more than two letters, we will only accept the first two.
All students who meet the following conditions are invited to apply for the Hansen Fellowship:
- Student must be a full-time student in good academic standing
- Student must be either a new matriculate or a returning student in one of Trinity’s three PhD programs (EDS, ICS, THS)
- Student may not concurrently hold another scholarship (e.g., Waybright Scholarship, Program Fellowship)
If you have any questions about your eligibility, contact the Henry Center at [email protected].
HCTU Fellows are required to:
- Attend and help publicize HCTU events
- Work an average of 4-5 hours per week during the school year, performing administrative and scholarly tasks for the HCTU Director.
If you have any questions or feedback about the G. Walter Hansen Fellowship, or would simply like to talk with someone in person, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Meet the Fellows
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
To apply, please submit all the documentation requested in our application form and as stated in our “become a fellow” page.
To apply, please submit your documentation by January 31.
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
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.
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.
You will receive $5,000 at the beginning of each semester (August and January), making a total of $10,000.
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.
You can email the Henry Center at [email protected] or contact by phone at 847.317.8066.
G. Walter Hansen
G. Walter Hansen is a scholar, pastor, and theologian. He is also a graduate of TEDS and a dear friend and supporter of the Henry Center for Theological Understanding.
Dr. Hansen received a B.A. in Philosophy from Wheaton College (1968), an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1972), and a Th.D. from Wycliffe College (1985). He has over 40 years of ministry experience, in both pastoral and academic contexts, in the US and abroad (five years in Singapore). He served on the faculty of Fuller Theological Seminary for over twenty years.
His areas of interest include Pauline Studies, Luke-Acts, and New Testament ethics. He has published extensively in these areas, including Abraham in Galatians: Epistolary and Rhetorical Contexts (Sheffield Academic Press, 1989), as well as commentaries on The Letter to the Philippians (Eerdmans, 2000) and Galatians (IVP Academic, 2010). Beyond New Testament Studies, Dr. Hansen is also interested in the relationship between visual arts and theology. He is the co-author, along with Bruce Herman, of Through Your Eyes: Dialogues on the Paintings of Bruce Herman (Eerdmans, 2013). He is also the co-editor, with Cameron J. Anderson, of God in the Modern Wing: Viewing Art with Eyes of Faith (IVP Academic, 2021).
Dr. Hansen is married to Darlene Kirk Hansen, a gifted artist. Together, they have three children and seven grandchildren. They currently reside near Boston.