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New Fellowship Program for Students Pursuing Certificate in Black Church Studies or Latinx Studies

Duke Divinity School has announced 12 full-tuition fellowships to support incoming residential Master of Divinity degree program students who pursue a certificate in Black Church Studies or Latinx Studies.

In addition to providing full-tuition scholarships, the Black Church Studies and Latinx Studies Fellowships provide vocationally specific formation and mentoring opportunities for the fellows and up to $24,000 in stipend support and internship opportunities through the Office of Field Education. The fellowships begin in the fall of 2022.

The fellowship is a key financial aid initiative emerging from the Divinity School’s Racial Justice and Cultural Competency Action Plan. “Demographic models project steady increases in Black and Brown populations in the United States that will comprise more than 40% of people by 2050,” said David Emmanuel Goatley, associate dean for academic and vocational formation and director of the Office of Black Church Studies. “This calls for additional leaders with exceptional training in environments where they can communicate, collaborate, and experience community as they are equipped for effective practice and partnership in ministry.”