The Marty Center encourages advanced research in the diverse disciplines of the study of religion. Each year, the Center hosts fellows under a variety of programs.
Junior fellows in the Marty Center are PhD candidates in the advanced stages of dissertation work, selected by application from the various areas of study within the Divinity School, as well as from the humanities and social sciences divisions in the University of Chicago.
Click here to learn more about our past and present fellows and read their answers to the question of what they hope to accomplish as they embark on their year as a Martin Marty Center fellow.
Junior fellows are expected to situate their research within a broader cultural frame of reference, bringing their perspectives to bear on religious questions facing the wider public. They do this in three ways:
- by participating in the interdisciplinary Marty Seminar, in which they present their work and critically discuss the presentations of other fellows;
- by designing and teaching a course in an institution of higher learning in the Chicago area;
- and in an end-of-year forum, in which they present their research to public interlocutors.
Junior fellows are appointed for a full academic year and receive a living stipend.
All students wishing to apply to be junior fellows in the Marty Center should contact Teresa Hord Owens, the dean of students in the Divinity School, for more information.
Senior fellows in the Marty Center are scholars from the United States and other countries throughout the world, on sabbatical leave from their home institutions.
Senior fellows are expected to situate their research within a broader cultural frame of reference, bringing their perspectives to bear on religious questions facing the wider public. They do so in the Marty Seminar, in which they present their work and critically discuss the presentations of other fellows.
Senior fellows have access to the University of Chicago library and network, and receive a carrel in Regenstein Library.
Those wishing to apply to the Marty Center for status as a senior fellow must submit the following materials by January 31 for appointments the following academic year:
- A letter indicating the proposed period of residence
- A brief statement (not to exceed six double-spaced, typed pages) of research plans
- A curriculum vitae
- Two letters of recommendation, ideally from scholars known to faculty members of the Divinity School
- A brief example of published scholarship from a peer-reviewed journal or published book.
Because the Marty Center is able to offer only limited financial support to senior fellows, applicants must secure additional funding from outside sources.
Applicants will be notified by March 15.
All application materials should be sent to William Schweiker, the director of the Marty Center.
The Alma Wilson Teaching Fellowship offers one graduate student in the Divinity School each year the opportunity to design and teach a course of his or her own choice in the University of Chicago's Undergraduate Program in Religious Studies.
Divinity School graduate students interested in applying for the Alma Wilson Teaching Fellowship should submit a syllabus proposal in January to Lucy K. Pick, the director of the Undergraduate Program in Religious Studies. Each syllabus should be accompanied by a letter describing the student's potential and the names of at least two referees who are willing to speak to the student's qualifications as a teacher. Proposed courses will be selected on the basis of their merit, and by how well they fit the rest of the undergraduate program.