The Society of Christian Philosophers invites applications for its fourth round of the Graduate Student Cross-Training (GSCT) Fellowship Program, with fellowships to begin fall 2020. The GSCT Fellowship program is intended to equip graduate student members of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, or the Evangelical Theological Society 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 were: Allison Thornton (Baylor, biology), Isaac Wilhelm (Rutgers, physics), Vivek Mathew (Cornell, cognitive science and psychology), Eddy Keming Chen (Rutgers, physics), and Hayden Kee (Fordham, developmental psychology). The 2018-2019 fellows were: Nick Byrd (FloridaState, social psychology), Brittany Gentry (South Carolina, physics), Paul Rezkalla (Florida State, evolutionary anthropology), Brandon Rickabaugh (Baylor, neuroscience), and Wes Siscoe (Arizona, neuroscience/cognitive science). The 2019-2020 fellows currently are: Luke Kallberg (SLU, neuroscience), Sabrina Little (Baylor, developmental psychology), Derek McAllister (Baylor, psychology), Ashley Potts (South Florida, Psychology), and Alexandra Romanyshyn (SLU, psychology).
2017-2018 fellows Allison Thornton and Eddy Keming Chen reflect on their time as GSCT fellows here:
Up to five fellowships will be awarded, pending final approval. Each GSCT Fellowship will provide recipients with a stipend of $31,000 and an additional research fund for the applicant of $3,000. 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. Fellows will be expected to be part of a funded alumni workshop for past fellows in spring of 2022.
Course of Study
Eligible sciences for cross-training include psychology (with the exclusion of clinical psychology), physics, neuroscience, biology, zoology, paleontology, genetics, astronomy, and cognitive science. Acceptable courses of study might include a plan to audit or take for credit 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.
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 24, 2020:
Letter of Intent application materials should be sent electronically to [email protected]. Any questions should also be sent to this address.
Full Proposal Application Instructions
By February 3, 2020, roughly 10-12 applicants will be invited to submit full proposals. Full proposals must be submitted by March 13, 2020 and include:
Applications will be evaluated at each stage according to the following criteria, in ascending order of importance: