This is a great opportunity for Christians pursuing graduate education. The Harvey Fellows, an initiative of the Mustard Seed Foundation, provides annual stipends of $16,000 (renewable for up to 3 years!) for Christians pursuing graduate education in fields in which Christians are underrepresented. (Note: they include “research, teaching, and administration at premier colleges and universities” as one of these fields, so most ESN members will qualify.) The Harvey Fellows also target students in programs that are recognized as among the “top five” in their discipline, and you can either be in or applying to a graduate program.
The deadline for this year’s application is November 1. Also, if you have an old application sitting in your file cabinet, the Harvey Fellows now require you to submit an on-line application, so visit their website to start the process.
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The former Associate Director for the Emerging Scholars Network, Micheal lives in Cincinnati with his wife and three children and works as a web manager for a national storage and organization company. He writes about work, vocation, and finding meaning in what you do at No Small Actors.
Andrew Moon says
I wonder if anybody knows how much the “top-5” requirement matters? I’m from Mizzou, and it’s far from a top-5 school in philosophy (my program), but it has been able to produce hirings in tenure-track jobs in important universities.
Micheal Hickerson says
That is a great question, and I will see if I can get an answer to it (including how they determine “top five” status). I note on their website, though, that they will also consider WHO you are studying with, not just where.
Tim Cupery says
I’m a current Harvey Fellow, and have reviewed applications in previous years, and the “top program criteria” does matter and is a useful “cropping tool” when cutting down the number of applications necessary to review.
Now, there is a fair bit of wiggle-room: a program may be elite overall, or elite in a particular sub-field in which you study. And there is significant wiggle-room in defining top-five anyway; it’s not a hard-and-fast category. But based on your description of Mizzou philosophy, it’s unlikely your department would qualify.
Carol Calhoun says
How Do You Respond to Anti-Christian Rhetoric? I used to get offended but now try to respond with love and the Word as much as I am able and trust God to do the rest as the Word never comes back void – my secret weapon!
margaret akumu says
Hello what criteria do you use to evaluate international students more so from African part of the world? i applied and mailed my materials almost a month ago and yet have not received a notifier mail if it has reached your office yet back in my country (Kenya) have confirmed that they were aired and should have arrived. thanks
Tom Grosh IV says
Dear Margaret, The Harvey Fellows is an initiative of the Mustard Seed Foundation, not InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Emerging Scholars Network. To contact the Mustard Seed Foundation directly, I recommend the information provided at http://msfdn.org/contact/ and http://msfdn.org/offices/. I pray that you receive a timely response from the Mustard Seed Foundation. In Christ, Tom