Becoming a House Scholar
Approximately twenty persons are selected each year to begin or continue their studies as Disciples Divinity House Scholars. They consist of M.Div. and A.M./Ph.D. students in roughly equal proportion. They hone abilities for a lifetime of scholarship, inquiry, and ministry wherever they ultimately serve, whether that is in the academy, congregation, broader society, or some combination.
Disciples Divinity House Scholars are accomplished persons who have chosen to prepare for vocations of ministry and scholarship. Some enter with professional backgrounds in business, law, or teaching; most enter after college graduation or after a year or two of nonprofit service, church work, or study and work abroad. They arrive from across North America: from Illinois, California, Texas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, Washington state, and Washington, D.C., among other places. In recent years, Scholars have entered after living or working in Bahrain, South Korea, Namibia, Guatemala, India, Israel, and Thailand.
All Disciples Divinity House Scholars are also students in the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, where they earn their degrees. Application to become a Disciples Divinity House Scholar must be made concurrently with application to the Divinity School. Applicants should contact Dean Kristine A. Culp early in the process. A visit to the Disciples Divinity House is normally part of the selection process.
The Disciples Divinity House community also includes other (nonDisciples) Divinity School residents who participate fully in its common life. For information on renting student housing and the ecumenical community, click here.