Center for Christianity
and Scholarship
Graduate Christian Scholars

The Graduate Christian Scholars is a year-long program supporting the intellectual, professional, and spiritual formation of Christians called to work in higher education. It is open to graduate students and postdocs in any discipline who are considering careers as faculty. A cohort of 6-10 scholars will meet during the calendar year at a weekend retreat, six dinner discussions, and a series of workshops for peer feedback. 

This program is premised on the belief that truth about God is relevant to the search for truth in every discipline and field of study. Called to love God with all our hearts, souls, and minds, we are necessarily called to love God within our specific social and institutional contexts and offer our daily work to him. For Christian academics, that means our research, teaching, institutional service, and public witness must be informed by faith in Jesus Christ, looking to the Bible and to millennia of Christian intellectual tradition for wisdom. The Graduate Christian Scholars Program aims to help young scholars in formation approach their academic work in a spirit of faith; make connections between Christian theology and their disciplines; articulate the value of Christian perspectives for pluralist university contexts; and support one another amid the challenges of graduate school.

Participants in the program commit to attend the retreat, at least five spring meetings, and at least five fall meetings, as well present one academic project (e.g. article, dissertation chapter, conference paper, syllabus, lecture, or presentation sharing academic work with a public audience) at a fall workshop. They will receive a stipend of $250 as a token of appreciation for their time and commitment.

Graduate Christian Scholars
The year-long program includes:

In addition to the program components below, participants will be a part of a community of peers that support and encourage each other as they face similar challenges with the same faith.

Christianity and the University Seminar

Six dinner meetings across the spring semester to discuss Christianity’s role in modern secular academia and how faith can inform research and teaching.

Theological Integration Workshops

Regular meetings across the fall semester to share work in progress and receive interdisciplinary feedback from Christian perspectives.

Access to two Duke faculty mentors

Ron Rittgers (History, Divinity) and Charmaine Royal (African & African American Studies, Biology, Global Health), as well as other faculty guest teachers.

Academic Vocation Retreat

All-expenses-paid weekend retreat.

Get in touch with Kathryn Wagner, our Director of Programming!