Hansen Fellowship

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.

    • $10,000 Scholarship

    • 3 Awarded Annually

    • Renewable One Time

    • Applications Due Jan 31

    January 31

    Applications Due

    March 25

    Recipients Announced

    August 23

    Fellowship Begins


    • 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.

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    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.

    Contact Us

    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.

    [email protected]

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    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.