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The Program in Theology and Practice seeks to form a generation of professors who are outstanding teachers of people preparing for ministry and groundbreaking scholars in practical theology. The program brings select graduate students together with scholars from many disciplines and ministers of many kinds for critical, theological reflection on the lived religion of people and institutions.
The program awards five fellowships each year to students beginning Ph.D. studies in Religion at Vanderbilt. Fellows may earn their Ph.D. in any of the eight areas in which the Graduate Department of Religion offers the degree. The fellowships immerse students in interdisciplinary study and in regular conversation with experienced practitioners. They offer relationships with mentors, opportunities for vocational reflection, and close ties with a strong cohort of fellow students. They support opportunities to practice teaching for ministry at the Vanderbilt Divinity School and in area theological schools. The fellowships provide full tuition and a stipend for up to six years of study.