travel and springboard funding

Boston University School of Theology supports a remarkable variety of research, travel, and contextual study opportunities. Some of these are our annual travel seminars and study abroad opportunities (see below). The School also offers a limited number of travel and “springboard” fellowship that provide funding for students giving papers at conferences and other contextual action reflection projects.

Boston University School of Theology seeks to support students with education and enrichment experiences that they may not have otherwise been able to conceive and realize. A small pool of “Springboard” Funding for the 2017-18 Academic Year will be awarded to PhD, DMin, and full-time masters students in good academic standing who wish to engage themselves in special internships and projects, and doctoral level contextual research. This is a competitive awards program based on the availability of funds and the merit of the applications as judged by the faculty.

Students may receive Springboard funding for only one approved individual project during their course of study at BUSTH.

To apply, download and complete the AY18 Springboard Application and


Submit completed forms and all required documentation to Senior Program Coordinator (

Questions about springboard funding or the springboard application process may be directed to Dr. Cristian De La Rosa ( or Dr. Wanda Stahl (

The Office of Community Life and Lifelong Learning (OCLLL) offers limited funding to support students attending academic conferences that will enhance the students’ professional development.Students must submit all documents prior to the trip to the OCLLL for approval; these documents include the completed application and proof of registration or travel arrangements. These documents can be delivered either in person (Dean’s Office) or via email to Valentina Pride at  Students presenting papers at professional conferences outside of the Boston metropolitan area may be eligible to receive additional funding if available. Students must demonstrate acceptance of a paper to a conference to be eligible for this funding. Depending on the conference location, conference presenters may be reimbursed up to $500 for their travel expenses. Conference attendees may be reimbursed up to $200 for their travel expenses.Your request for funding related to conferences is subject to approval by the Associate Dean for OCLLL, as long as funding remains available. Students receiving funding are required to prepare a one-page reflection on their conference experience within two weeks of the attended conference. Reflection papers can be emailed to Dean Lightsey at Funds may not be used to further subsidize travel seminars.


STH typically offers four seminars each year, mostly during J-term, spring break, or early summer. Eligible students receive up to $1,000 in funding to help defray the travel costs. These seminars have different emphases and learning outcomes depending on the course design, location, and theme of the travel seminar.More information and the application link for 2017-18, can be found at: Travel Seminars 2017-18. We will be going to:

  • Arizona-Mexico: Wilderness Theology and the US Mexico Border
  • Israel/Palestine: Dual Narratives
  • The Balkans
  • South India

Examples of other recent travel seminars include:

  • Acadia National Park: Listening to Spirit in Nature
  • Cuba: Religion, Economy, Culture, and Politics
  • Ephesus/Turkey: Archeology and the New Testament
  • Jakarta, Indonesia: Theology and Trauma
  • Mexico: Our Lady of Guadalupe as a Resource for El Pueblo
  • Rural Maine: Serving in Non-Urban Settings
  • Wittenberg, Germany: The Reformation and Culturecuba

Boston University has several graduate level Study Abroad programs, some of which may count toward STH degree programs. One such program is the International Conflict Resolution summer program in Geneva and London. Emily Kleidon (MTS ’17) recently participated in the study abroad program, and she answers questions about the experience in this video:

With the help of the Office of Contextual Education and the Academic Dean’s office, some advanced students may be able to customize a study abroad semester with partnering higher education institutions. STH students have customized programs of study in Cuba, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, but other sites might also be possible.