National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion
The NABPR is committed to supporting academically qualified scholars and teachers of religion for the Baptist academy who carry out their teaching and research with a sense of Baptist identity. The particular purpose of the NABPR dissertation scholarship is to foster conversations about what it means to be a Baptist teacher and scholar in relationship to church and academy, thus contributing to the formation of students in a Baptist tradition and the support of important research by Baptist doctoral students.
One scholarship of $3,000 will be awarded each year. Recipients will also be given a travel stipend to attend the National NABPR meeting in the year the award is granted. They will be recognized by the association in the business session where they will offer a brief overview of their research. Recipients may also be invited to attend subsequent workshops on Baptists and higher education.
In order to be eligible, the candidate must be:
- at the dissertation stage (ABD) of his/her program in an accredited doctoral program,
- affiliated or connected in an ongoing way with some Baptist congregation,
- a student member of NABPR (which applicants may join at the time of application with no penalty),
- nominated by a faculty member of NABPR who agrees by virtue of the nomination to serve as the student’s mentor.
To apply the candidate must submit the following:
a letter of interest that addresses the following:
- the applicant’s Baptist identity, including his or her church involvement
- how the funds will be spent,
the applicant’s long-term academic goals that demonstrates how their scholarship is related to and/or benefits the Baptist church
- a curriculum vitae,
- the dissertation prospectus,
- two letters of recommendation (one of which may be the nomination mentioned above).
All materials must be submitted electronically to Dr. Daniel Mynatt, National Executive Secretary of NABPR, at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2021.
Candidates will be evaluated on the strength of their application materials by members of the NABPR Dissertation Scholarship Committee. Preference will be given to candidates who have been active participants in NABPR as evidenced by their attendance and/or presentations at meetings.
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