Christian Scholarship Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award

Yale Divinity School is pleased to host this page as a function of Dean Gregory Sterling's role as president of The Christian Scholarship Foundation (CSF). CSF is an independent entity, and is not affiliated with Yale Divinity School.


The Christian Scholarship Foundation, Inc., is a private, non-profit corporation designed to provide financial assistance to members of the Churches of Christ for scholarly activities of a religious character. The Foundation seeks to perpetuate and foster the Restoration tradition of doing scholarly work in the service of the church. It was conceived and established to meet the special demands on ministers and teachers who seek to understand and proclaim the gospel in the modern world.


The purposes of the Foundation have been broadly conceived to address a wide variety of needs, ranging from providing financial assistance to ministers and others engaged in research and writing to funding symposia, scholarly discussions, and other activities that may enrich the life and thought of the church. Although it may eventually fund several programs, initially it is intended to assist those who are enrolled in advanced graduate degree programs in religion and related fields.

Graduate Fellowships

In accordance with the purpose of the Foundation, it has established a fellowship for members of the churches of Christ in advanced graduate programs. Since 1982 the Foundation has granted over 55 scholarships to awardees at schools like Harvard, Yale, Notre Dame, Boston University, Emory, University of Minnesota, Oxford University, Princeton, Vanderbilt, Brown, Denver, SMU, University of California, Berkeley, and others.


Graduate Fellowship Awards


In order to encourage exceptional scholars to complete their Ph.D. work, The Christian Scholarship Foundation, Inc., announces the availability of three to five Graduate Fellowship Awards, each ranging from $2,000 to $10,000, to be awarded for the academic year beginning September, 2015.

Who May Apply

The fellowship is available to members of the Churches of Christ who are teaching or who plan to teach religion and related subjects in universities, colleges, schools of theology, and Bible chairs. Previous recipients are eligible to apply. They may receive the award one additional time.

The applicant must have satisfactorily completed at least one full year of study as a candidate for the Ph.D. or equivalent post-graduate degree prior to the year of application. A person already holding a Ph.D. degree is not thereby excluded from candidacy.

Areas of Study

Study may be pursued in any field related to the recognized theological disciplines in seminary, college, or university programs of instruction leading toward the Ph.D. or equivalent degree.

Application Procedure

A prospective applicant should (1) make application on the official form supplied by The Christian Scholarship Foundation; (2) supply transcripts of all previous academic work, graduate and undergraduate; (3) secure letters of recommendation regarding personal, religious, and intellectual development; (4) supply a research paper, or other example of the applicant's most scholarly written work (not more than 50 pp. in length); (5) submit a summary statement of plans for the academic year for which application is made, including signature of approval by the applicant's faculty advisor or major professor; (6) present an estimated budget showing income and expenditures.

Deadline for Application

Application forms, and supporting documents, must reach The Christian Scholarship Foundation no later than January 15, 2015.


Direct all inquiries to

The Christian Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
c/o Gregory Sterling
Yale Divinity School
409 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

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The Volunteer Board of Directors and Officers

Board of Directors


Phil Bowers
James O. Browning
John Allen Chalk, Sr.
G. Hilton Dean
William H. Franklin, Jr.
Hugh Gainey
Carl R. Holladay
Gail Hopkins
Carolyn Hunter
Rhonda Lowry
Jim Martin
Patty Temple

Gregory E. Sterling, President
Rick Marrs, Vice-President
Phil Bowers , Secretary
G. Hilton Dean, Treasurer

Contribution Information

The Christian Scholarship Foundation was incorporated in 1982 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Its purpose is to promote Christian scholarship by providing assistance to members of Churches of Christ who are engaged in scholarly activities. Donations are tax deductable and may be sent to:

Christian Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
c/o Gregory Sterling
Yale Divinity School
409 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

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Application and Recommendation Forms

You may either print out the official application and recommendation forms from this site, or request one directly from the Foundation at the contact information at the bottom of the page.

>Download the Application Form (pdf format)

>Download the Recommendation Form (pdf format)

Note: You may need to print the Recommendation Form multiple times depending on how many are required.

Christian Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
c/o Gregory Sterling
Yale Divinity School
409 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

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