Are you a United Methodist planning on pursuing a doctorate in some area of theological studies?

A Foundation for Theological Education (or AFTE) is an organization that annually awards fellowships for doctoral studies to United Methodists. These are called the John Wesley Fellowships, and they can go a long way in making a Ph.D. or Th.D. program affordable for aspiring scholars who have strong Wesleyan commitments and a love for the church.

Dr. Joel Green of Fuller Theological Seminary has written an article explaining the John Wesley Fellowship Program. Applications are now available on the AFTE website and are due on January 20, 2015.

I mention the John Wesley Fellowship program because I have firsthand experience with it. I held a fellowship when I was in my doctoral program at Duke, and both the support from AFTE and the camaraderie I developed with other fellows in the program were very important factors the whole time I was in my Th.D. program. So if you are heading toward a doctoral program in theological studies, you should check it out!