Harvey Fellowship

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Amount
Awarded

$36,000

Awarded

Application Deadline

November 1, 2020

Sunday
Awarded By:

Harvey Fellows Program

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of fellowships awarded each year varies according to available funds from the Mustard Seed Foundation. Last year, 20 awards were offered from a pool of approximately 300 applications.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for international and U.S. students.
  2. Must demonstrate a personal faith in Jesus Christ and desire to serve and witness in Christ's name. Please note: The Mustard Seed Foundation accepts grant applications from churches representing Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox traditions. Mustard Seed grant recipients must affirm the basic tenets of orthodox Christianity.
  3. Must intend to pursue a vocational field that has a significant impact on society and is considered to be of high priority for Christian involvement. These fields include, but are not limited to: government, corporate, and university sponsored research; international economics and finance in public and private sectors; journalism and media; film production and visual and performing arts; public policy and federal, state, and major city government; research, teaching, and administration at premier colleges and universities. For more examples of appropriate fields of study, a list of fellowship recipients and their respective majors is available on the Harvey Fellows website.
  4. Must attend or plan to attend a premier university, typically an institution with an internationally recognized reputation as a "top five" program in the applicant's specific discipline and will likely lead to a career in top institutions. For examples of appropriate institutions, a list of fellowship recipients and their attended university is available on the Harvey Fellows website.
  5. Must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a graduate program at time of application.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is available for U.S. and international Christian graduate students. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement and commitment to Christian values.

Application requirements for the Harvey Fellowship are:

  • Application form
  • Recommendation letters (4)
  • GRE
  • LSAT
  • GMAT scores
  • Official Transcript
  • Essays (6)
Additional Information: *Please note: All persons receiving a Harvey Fellowship must demonstrate a personal faith in Jesus Christ and desire to serve and witness in Christ's name. The Harvey Fellows program seeks to encourage Christian graduate students to integrate faith and vocation and pursue leadership positions in strategic fields where Christians tend to be underrepresented. The goal is to empower students who evidence the passion and ability to lead others as they participate in God's work to redeem society's structures. Fellows have an obligation to fulfill the following four program requirements: stewardship; a theological commitment; fellowship and service; and a week at the Summer Institute to explore the integration of faith, learning, and vocation. Priorities in evaluating applications include the following: the candidate's description of Christian faith; his/her demonstrated commitment and accountability to a local church; how his/her field will influence society and how it lacks of a distinctive Christian voice; demonstrated leadership within the discipline; and potential to impact people and systemic structures within his/her field through research or other scholarly work (demonstrated by current academic success, professional experiences and exposure, and the candidate's work sample and recommendations). Financial need is not a primary consideration. Strong preference is given to those whose research/project interests/industry are not explicitly "Christian" in nature. Fellowship awards are conditional upon enrollment at an approved university. International students who meet all criteria are encouraged to apply. Fellowships are not awarded for study at theological schools or for non-degree or part-time graduate programs.

Award Amount: Each fellow is awarded $12,000 annually, which is renewable for an additional year if pursuing a master's degree or two additional years if enrolled in a law or doctoral program. Renewal is contingent upon good academic standing, reaffirmation of the statement of faith and vocational goal, as articulated in the student's application, and the approval of Mustard Seed Foundation. Fellows are free to use their stipends for legitimate educational expenses which further their vocational goals.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $36,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Sunday, November 1, 2020

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Sunday, November 1, 2020

Applications are available online at the Harvey Fellows website starting on Aug. 1 and will continue to be accepted until Nov. 1 for the fall of the following academic year. Please note: Applications must be submitted using the Harvey Fellows online application system; paper applications are neither available nor accepted. The following information must be submitted for the application to be considered complete: complete contact information; current resume or curriculum vitae; a short vocational goal statement; an affirmation of the Lausanne Covenant (text of the covenant available at www.lausanne.org/covenant) or a description of how his/her theological understanding differs from the Covenant; school and degree program information; four letters of recommendation (one each from a church official, an academic adviser, a person in the student's academic or professional field, and an additional spiritual recommendation); official GRE, LSAT, GMAT or other test scores (required for students who have not yet been admitted); official undergraduate and graduate transcripts; a work sample from the student's intended field of up to 25 pages; and six essays of no more than 400 words each that describe his/her personal faith statement, vocational goals, impact, leadership, degree program and any additional information the student wishes the committee to consider (last topic is optional but encouraged). Students are encouraged to carefully review the information at msfdn.org/harveyfellows/applicants/ and msfdn.org/harveyfellows/applicants/faqs/ before submitting an application. The student must adhere to all stated guidelines for application materials. All application materials must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. EST on the deadline date.
Contact: c/o Mustard Seed Foundation
Address: 3330 N. Washington Blvd. Suite 100 Arlington, Virginia 22201

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