Senior fellows 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 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, and receive a carrel in Regenstein Library.

Those wishing to apply  for status as a senior fellow must submit the following materials by March 1 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 we are able to offer only limited financial support to senior fellows, applicants must secure additional funding from outside sources.

Applicants will be notified by April 15. 

All application materials should be sent to Willemien Otten, Director of the Marty Center.