12 Feb Oxford Theological Exchange Programme, 2016/17 – Applications Open
Since 1991 the Board of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford has been offering Scholarships to enable theological scholars of outstanding academic merit with the potential to rise to positions of leadership and influence, from Eastern Europe, Russia, and the countries of the Former Soviet Union, to pursue research in the University’s Faculty of Theology and Religion.
The programme is now run in collaboration with the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture at Regent’s Park College, following the retirement of the programme’s long serving Executive Secretary, the Revd Dr Douglas Dupree. The current Programme Director is Rebecca White, who is the point of contact for all queries about the programme. Selection of candidates is by committee, chaired on behalf of the Faculty of Theology and Religion by OCCC Director, Dr Nicholas Wood.
During their time at Oxford, scholars pursue their own independent research project. In addition scholars are expected to engage with questions of ‘Religion and Society’, including participating in activities of the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture. In order to help prepare for the political and legal challenges religion faces today, there will be opportunities to meet religious and political leaders, policy makers and academics working in this area.
A wide range of research activities on the Christian East is available to OTEP. In addition to the Centre for Christianity and Culture’s Christian East Focus, OTEP is supported by the House of St Gregory and St Macrina and the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius, Oxford-based charities who work together for greater understanding of and between the Christian traditions of East and West, with a programme of regular seminars and events.
The scholarship is open to candidates who, in most cases, will already have, or expect to obtain before October 2016, a theological or related degree from a recognized university or theological college. It is most suited to graduates already engaged in doctoral research in their own countries or more senior scholars with a particular research purpose.
Applications are invited for 2016-17 from citizens of Russia, the Ukraine, and any other countries of the former Soviet Union, (apart from the Baltic States), Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia, FYR Macedonia, Romania, Bulgaria and Albania. The scholarship will be tenable for up to one year of study and will cover fees, a maintenance allowance, and, where necessary, a return air fare. All applicants must be approved and recommended by a recognized Church authority in the applicants’ home countries. The Scholarship is open to members of any Christian denomination. Successful applicants should be willing, if asked, to attend an interview by diplomatic and Church personnel in their home country.
How to Apply
Download an application form here.
All enquiries should be addressed to Rebecca White, Programme Director, OTEP, Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, Regent’s Park College, Oxford, OX1 2LB, UK; Telephone +44 (0)1865 513117 or email email@example.com.
The completed application form together with all supporting documentation must be emailed to Ms White not later than 11 March 2016.