FTE Fellowships for Doctoral Students of African Descent

$25,000Award Amount
16Number of Awards
2/15/2023Submission Deadline

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FTE Fellowships for Doctoral Students of African Descent is a fund designed to support doctoral students of African origins who have completed the coursework stage of their program. The scholarship is organized and managed by the FTE.

The FTE is an abbreviation for the Forum for Theological Exploration. They are a leadership incubator providing grants, fellowships, resources, events, and networks to foster the growth of tomorrow’s leaders, pastors, and theological instructors. They inspire the youth to make a difference in the world through Christian communities.

The financial aid award is a $25,000 prize, of which 16 students will be chosen as scholars for the fellowship. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited academic institution within the U.S. or Canada.

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FTE Fellowships for Doctoral Students of African Descent Timeline

September 2022

Application Opening Date

Applications open on September 1.

February 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on February 15.

April 2023

Awards Announcement Date

Winners are announced in April.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: Postgraduate
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: Any
  • Geographic Eligibility: Canada, United States
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Black, Hispanic, Pacific Islander

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Essay
  • Grade transcript
  • Recommendation letters
  • Present Work Experiences
  • Financial Information

How to ace the FTE Fellowships for Doctoral Students of African Descent


Register and create a member profile

Applicants must create an online profile to access the application page. To create an account, head over to the scholarship page and select “not a member.”


Ensure you submit everything required

For your application to be complete, you must submit the following: curriculum vitae, academic essay, academic form, vocational essay, completed budget statement form, documentation from your school showing the amount of financial assistance to be received, two academic letters of reference, one community letter of reference, and current official graduate transcript.


Include relevant details in your resume

Do not upload a bland C.V. Include your education, contact information, employment history, licenses, professional affiliations, certifications, skills, publications, academic presentations, awards or fellowships, community, and church service in your resume.


Read the instructions carefully

Read the “How To” instructions carefully not to miss anything. ABD (dissertation stage) applicants have a different set of instructions from pre-dissertation applicants. Ensure you follow the instructions to the letter to avoid disqualification.

How the FTE Fellowships for Doctoral Students of African Descent is Judged

Applicants are chosen based on both the eligibility criteria and the application requirements. A very important eligibility requirement is a need for financial assistance.

Why We Love the FTE Fellowships for Doctoral Students of African Descent


The program offers support to diverse students

The scholarship helps the organization accomplish its mission to offer support and opportunities to diverse young adults, students, and partner organizations.


It assists those in financial need

The award is given based on financial need. This ensures that students with a passion for church leadership are not denied advanced education due to a lack of funds.


It’s provided equally to all qualified students

The award is given equally. No other hidden criteria will give you an edge during selection.

5 Facts About FTE Fellowships for Doctoral Students of African Descent


Additional perk

Besides receiving educational aid, FTE Doctoral Fellows will be allowed to join a longstanding community of theological educators and scholars.


Programs ineligible for this opportunity

FTE Fellowships for Doctoral Students of African Descent are not for students enrolled in or applying to Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.).


Dissertation must be pre-approved

You must obtain approval for your dissertation research proposal and writing plan from your dissertation committee before applying.


Conditions for pre-dissertation applicants

Pre-dissertation students applying for the FTE Fellowships for Doctoral Students of African Descent must be past the coursework stage even though they’ve not yet reached candidacy.


The program is one of two

The other program is the Fellowships for Latino/A, Asian, and First Nations Doctoral Students, a program for doctoral students of Latino/a, Asian, Pacific Islands, or First Nations origins who have completed their Ph.D. coursework stage.

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