GRI Fellowship for Postdoctoral Non-Western Christian Scholars

15 January 2024

Established in 1995, the Global Research Institute (GRI) at Fuller Theological Seminary offers a fellowship to postdoctoral non-Western Christian scholars, enabling them to undertake final-stage research at Fuller Theological Seminary and complete texts for the teaching ministry in their context in the Majority World. The GRI program operates out of Fuller's Center for Missiological Research (CMR).

Program Overview

This program provides a fellowship that allows recipients to take a sabbatical for two academic quarters (about six months) to research and write materials to further the intellectual and spiritual mission of the church in the scholar’s particular region.

Applicants may choose to take this sabbatical in one of three modalities:

  • in person on Fuller Theological Seminary’s Pasadena campus
  • based in their home country and connecting with Fuller’s resources remotely through online modalities
  • by a hybrid combination of these modalities: based in the home country but making a visit to Pasadena


Applicants should be postdoctoral scholars teaching in a recognized institution of theological or missiological education in the Majority World and having the support of that institution for this application.

There is one application deadline per year on or before 11:59 pm (Pacific Daylight Time) on April 1 each year. There are at least two open positions each year. Dates of each fellowship will begin as soon as possible after the close of the application period. However, scholars planning to spend their sabbatical on the Pasadena campus may need to wait two years or more for the next vacancy. Applicants will be notified of their status by email after June 1.

Application review considers overall application quality, the potential likelihood of a project’s contribution both to a scholar’s local context and the global church, and the anticipated relevance of Fuller’s faculty and library resources to the applicant’s writing goals. For more information about GRI program and application requirements, see here.

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