contextual learning opportunities – springboard and travel 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 2018-19 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.
A note to PhD students: Funding for “Contextual Research for PhD students at the Prospectus or Dissertation Writing Stage” utilizes the application below. However, travel and conference funding for PhD students is administered separately through the Association for PhD students. Your leadership representatives will be in contact with you about those funding possibilities, but you may also contact Dean Bryan Stone if you have further questions about that (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (email@example.com)
Student Travel Funds
The Office of Student and Community Life (OSCL) offers limited funding to support students attending academic conferences that will enhance the students’ professional development. Travel and conference funding for PhD students is administered separately through the Association for PhD students. Your leadership representatives will be in contact with you about those funding possibilities, but you may also contact Dean Bryan Stone if you have further questions about that (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Students must submit all documents prior to the trip to the OSCL 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 email@example.com. 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 Student and Community Life, 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 Hickman-Maynard at firstname.lastname@example.org. Funds may not be used to further subsidize travel seminars.
STH typically offers several travel seminars each year, mostly during J-term, spring break, or the early summer. Eligible students receive up to $1,000 in funding to help defray the travel costs (though only once during their studies at STH). 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 2018-19, can be found at: Travel Seminars 2018-19. We will be going to:
- Acadia National Park: Listening to Spirit in Nature
- Arizona-Mexico: Theology and Immigration
- Mexico: Our Lady of Guadalupe as a Resource for El Pueblo
Examples of other recent travel seminars include:
- Cuba: Religion, Economy, Culture, and Politics
- Ephesus/Turkey: Archeology and the New Testament
- Jakarta, Indonesia: Theology and Trauma
- Rural Maine: Serving in Non-Urban Settings
- Wittenberg, Germany: The Reformation and Culture
- Israel/Palestine: Dual Narratives
- The Balkans: Transitional Justice and Reconciliation
- South India: Sensing the Sacred
- Manchester, England: The Wesleyan Tradition in 21st-Century Context
Boston University Study Abroad Programs
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:
Customized travel and study programs
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.