Research and Scholarship


THE ALBERT A SMITH FELLOWSHIP
  A Study Opportunity in Reformed Church History

The Center for Reformed Church Studies at New Brunswick Seminary is pleased to invite applications for the twelfth annual Albert A Smith Fellowship in Reformed Church History. The Smith Fellowship has been established in honor of the Rev. Albert A Smith, pastor of the First Reformed Church in Schenectady at the time of his death in 1990 who himself wrote a history of the Preakness Reformed Church in Wayne, New Jersey. Gifts from his friends and parishioners have made this program possible

The Fellowship provides a stipend of $500.00 and a two-week residency at New Brunswick Seminary to support research into the history of the Reformed Tradition, particularly as it pertains to the RCA. The resources of the seminary and the RCA archives are at the Fellow's disposal, including advice and assistance of the faculty, the RCA archivist, and the library staff. The Fellow also presents a lecture to the seminary community.

If you are pursuing a research project for which the Reformed Church archives at New Brunswick Seminary would be helpful, you are encouraged to apply for the Fellowship. Former fellows have included pastors and lay persons with historical interests, as well as professional scholars. Their projects have focused on a variety of topics -- for instance, the evolution of particular congregations or classes, the ideas of leading Reformed figures, and the trajectories of church growth and decline.

What about selection criteria? The selection committee looks for applications that show careful planning; a good grasp of the project's purpose, scope, and significance; and clarity about how the results of the project will be disseminated. We are particularly interested in projects to which the applicant has already devoted some energy, so as to be able to show some preliminary results.

Interested? Click here for the application information; please address any questions to The Rev. Dr. Barbara Fillette (bfillette@nbts.edu).


THE ALVIN J. POPPEN and JOHN R. YOUNG FELLOWSHIP
  An Opportunity for Research and/or Presentation in Reformed Worship and Liturgy

The Alvin J. Poppen and John R. Young Fellowship is established by gifts from friends of Alvin J. Poppen and the late John R. Young. Following the death of John R. Young, the RCA Chaplains Conference established a fund to award a prize in Reformed Worship. At the retirement of Alvin J. Poppen from the denominational staff, a fund was established to support the education of RCA ministers. In order to make the most effective use of the resources available, the two funds have been combined to provide for this fellowship.

The Fellowship provides a stipend, travel expenses, and a two-week residency at New Brunswick Theological Seminary to support research in Reformed Worship, particularly as it pertains to the RCA. The resources of the Seminary, as well as the wide variety of worship resources and experiences in the New York metropolitan area, are at the Fellow's disposal. It is expected that the Fellow will provide an experience of the results of the work, by a lecture for the community, a convocation on the theme chosen, a potential article for publication, or some other public expression.

All persons with an interest in Reformed Worship are encouraged to apply. As travel resources are available, geography is no limitation. The Fellowship is not intended for academic credit. It is an opportunity for personal study to improve the vitality of the worshipping church.

The selection committee looks for applications that show careful planning and a good grasp of the project's purpose, scope, and significance. We are particularly interested in projects to which the applicant has already devoted some energy, so as to be able to show some preliminary results.

For more information, and for an application form, contact The Rev. Dr. Barbara Fillette (bfillette@nbts.edu).

Interested? Click here for the application information; please address any questions to The Rev. Dr. Barbara Fillette (bfillette@nbts.edu).


FELLOWS OF THE REFORMED CHURCH CENTER

The Faculty of New Brunswick Theological Seminary may designate as “Fellow of the Reformed Church Center” an individual who has made recognized contributions to the study of the traditions of the RCA and who, otherwise lacking institutional academic affiliation, would benefit by such affiliation for access to research collections and for self-identification in scholarly communication.

Such individuals will be nominated by the faculty’s Committee for the Reformed Church Center. The Center will be sensitive to the gender and ethnic diversity of the Reformed Church in America in making its nominations. Appointments are for a three-year renewable term. The Fellowship is without stipend.

Fellows are expected to be in correspondence with the Center to make an annual report to the director about the nature and status of their research, which will be then included in the Center’s own reporting of its programs. Fellows are also encouraged to visit the seminary during their terms of appointment.

If you are interested or would like more information please contact Dr. Barbara Fillette, Director of the Reformed Church Center, bfillette@nbts.edu .

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