Graduate Theological Union

Newhall Fellowships

In 1987, trustee Jane Newhall gave a generous gift to endow competitive awards for doctoral students to engage in collaborative teaching or research with faculty mentors. Miss Newhall wanted such collaborative work to contribute to the professional development of the students. Often these projects are innovative and explore spaces between fields of study. The awards remain very competitive and participants' feedback verifies Miss Newhall's vision is still realized today.

Students submit proposals in November and recipients are announced the following February. Below are links to recipients and articles related to Newhall Fellows.

2006-2007 Newhall Awards

The 2006-2007 Newhall Awards illustrate the groundbreaking research and curriculum that the Graduate Theological Union regularly fosters among its students and faculty. The Book of Revelation, Islam, Christianity, science, and Buddhist modernism are among the topics to be developed in classrooms and research projects this year.

2005-2006 Newhall Awards

The 2005-2006 Newhall Awards illustrate the groundbreaking research and curriculum that the GTU regularly fosters among its students and faculty. Organizational leadership, theology and natural science, Jewish liturgy, and U.S. Hispanic theology are among the topics to be developed in classrooms and research projects this year.

2004-2005 Newhall Awards

The 2004-2005 Newhall Awards reflect the wide spectrum of rich interdisciplinary projects undertaken at the GTU. Among the topics to be explored this year are Asian theology, ethics and genetics, globalization, and literature and religion.

The Newhall awards offer a wonderful opportunity for students to work closely with professors whose interests and approaches parallel their own, on projects that would not be possible otherwise. The fellowships are made possible by Jane Newhall, a Trustee Emerita and longtime friend of the GTU.

A Lived Theology: Graduate's Work Focuses on Faith and Identity

For Uriah Kim, May 2004 marked a new transition: graduating from the GTU with a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies, and preparing to move east for his new position as assistant professor of Hebrew Bible at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. Kim’s story reflects a series of such changes and life-transformations, as he explores what it means to be a person of faith, a scholar, a teacher, and an Asian-American.

Scholars for All Subjects

The Newhall awards for 2003-04 embody the range and boldness of scholarly inquiry at the GTU. Issues of social justice, moral agency, aesthetics, and ecofeminism are only a few of the topics tackled by the eighteen student-faculty pairs who received awards this year.

2002-03 Newhall Awards

Student, faculty member, and subject of the proposal. For more information or to contact any of the faculty members, visit the GTU Faculty web pages

Thomasin Alexander and Lewis Rambo
Conversion to Christianity

Jorge Aquino and Clare Fischer
History of Western social thought

Kate Bellm and Alejandro Garcia-Rivera
Theology, aesthetics, and the arts

Innovative GTU Class Tackles Globalization and Ethics

This year's course "Ecumenical Social Ethics in an Age of Globalization" is exploring a question that touches on one of the GTU's abiding concerns: what is the role of religion in the public sphere, now that most local issues are also global in their import, and most global issues are also local?

A New Crop of Newhalls

Twenty-one student-faculty pairs, and one quartet, were awarded Newhall Fellowships for 1999–2000. These research or teaching awards are designed to support both students, through grants, and faculty, through the student’s assistance. With themes ranging from biblical scholarship, Taoist spirituality, and social welfare policy to the spiritual aspects of bereavement and religion in cinema, the Newhall projects exemplify the spirit of diversity which is the GTU’s greatest strength.