Senior Fellows


The Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion of the Divinity School seeks applications for the Senior Fellow Program for the coming academic year. The Marty Center Senior Fellow Program aims to support research projects by 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 participate with the Marty Center Junior Fellows in the Fellows 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.  Because we are able to offer only limited financial support to senior fellows, applicants must secure any additional needed funding from outside sources. 

Those wishing to apply  for status as a senior fellow must submit the following materials by April 4th 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. 

Application materials (and any questions) should be emailed to Prof. Willemien Otten, Marty Center Director at Replies will be available after May 2nd.