The Society of Christian Philosophers invites applications for its second round of the Graduate Student Cross-Training (GSCT) Fellowship Program, with fellowships to begin fall 2018. The GSCT Fellowship program is intended to equip graduate student members of the Society of Christian Philosophers with an opportunity to take up to one academic year to develop competency in an empirical science connected with their research. The 2017-2018 fellows are: Allison Thornton (Baylor, biology), Isaac Wilhelm (Rutgers, physics), Vivek Mathew (Cornell, cognitive science and psychology), Eddy Chen (Rutgers, physics), and Hayden Kee (Fordham, developmental psychology).
Dr. Kevin Timpe, Calvin College & Dr. Christian B. Miller, Wake Forest University.
Fellowships. Up to five fellowships will be awarded. Each GSCT Fellowship will provide recipients with a stipend of $30,000, plus $2,000 for the home institution’s overhead costs and an additional research fund for the applicant of $2,000. This fund can support the purchase of books, journal subscriptions, or travel to disciplinary conferences, subject to the following conditions: (a) any books or journal/articles subscriptions must be for the purposes of cross-training in an empirical discipline; and (b) any travel costs must be for the purposes of traveling to a professional meeting, conference, or workshop in the cross-training discipline. The Society of Christian Philosophers will contract with recipients’ home institutions for the award monies, and the fellows’ home institutions will administer the award on behalf of the Society of Christian Philosophers. The home institution will be expected to continue providing fringe benefits and tuition support. At the end of the fellowship period, each fellow will submit a 5-page narrative summary of their fellowship experience.
Course of Study. Acceptable courses of study might include a plan to audit undergraduate and graduate-level courses, take up residence in a laboratory, or earn a degree in an empirical science. Fellows will be expected to undertake their study at their home institution, but study at another institution may be warranted in rare instances. All fellows must have a faculty mentor in their cross-training discipline.
Eligibility Requirements. The following requirements must be met for an application to be eligible for consideration:
Initial Letter of Intent Application Instructions. Application review will have two stages. At the first, Letter of Intent stage, applicants must submit the following by January 1, 2018:
Letter of Intent application materials should be sent electronically to email@example.com. Any questions should also be sent to this address.
Full Proposal Application Instructions. By January 15, 2018, roughly 10-12 applicants will be invited to submit full proposals. Full proposals must be submitted by March 1 and include:
Full proposal application materials should be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions should also be sent to this address.
The five fellowship winners will be decided by April 15, 2018. Fellowships will begin in the fall of 2018, and end in the spring of 2019.
Selection Criteria. Applications will be evaluated at each stage according to the following criteria, in ascending order of importance:
The Society of Christian Philosophers gratefully acknowledges the funding of the John Templeton Foundation for this program.