Junior Fellows

UPDATE: Applications for the 2021-2022 MARTIN MARTY CENTER JUNIOR FELLOWSHIPS have closed. The information below is for informational purposes only.

The Marty Center Junior Fellows program aims to support students to a successful completion of their dissertation and aid in the transition to professional life as public intellectuals.

Marty Center Junior Fellows participate in a year-long biweekly seminar, led by the Marty Center Director, which has its main business the sharing and discussion of the dissertation chapters. In the Spring Quarter, the culminating event of the seminar is a day-long conference in which the Fellows share a précis of their dissertation research with a cohort of professionals who are not scholars of religion. The seminar challenges students to step back from the immediacies of specialized research to ask themselves, and one another, how that research will contribute to the institutions and the society in which they will pursue their scholarly vocations.

Because of this agenda, successful applicants will have already made significant process in the research and writing of the dissertation and are poised to participate in all aspects of the seminar.

The Marty Junior Fellowship awards a prize of $2,500 for students receiving stipendiary assistance from the University or other funding source that is greater than or equal to the annual living stipend amount. Students not eligible for stipendiary assistance will be awarded a prize of $5,000. Award eligibility will be confirmed by the divisional Dean of Students.

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be enrolled and in good standing in a PhD program in the Divinity School, the Division of the Humanities, or the Divinity of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago.
  • Applicants must have achieved candidacy by June 15, 2021, with a committee-approved dissertation prospectus that centers around any topic in the study of religion.

Application Materials:

  • Marty Center Junior Fellowship, available online: Divinity Dissertation Completion Fellowship Application
  • Cover letter outlining dissertation project
  • Copy of committee-approved dissertation prospectus
  • Statement of progress to date, including timeline for completion
  • Letter for support from dissertation advisor
  • CV

Application Deadline: Friday, April 16, 2021

The Committee on Degrees (Professors Fredericks, Casewit, Chavel, Krause, Rosengarten, and Taylor along with Dean Lumpkin) will assess applications and make recommendations to the Dean and Marty Center Director. Notifications will be made by mid-May.

Award Conditions:

  • Fellows must maintain good academic standing as defined by the fellow’s division.
  • Fellows must actively participate in the biweekly seminar and concluding public interlocutor sessions. Should the condition of biweekly attendance be difficult to meet, applicants should address this issue in their application.

All questions should be directed to Willemien Otten, Marty Center Director at wotten@uchicago.edu