Emmanuel College of Victoria University Student Among 20 Awarded Rising Theological Educators

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FTE Announces Recipients of 2015 Fellowship for Doctoral Students

Emmanuel College of Victoria University Student Among 20 Awarded Rising Theological Educators


ATLANTA, August 12, 2015 —Nazila Isgandarova, a student at the Emmanuel College of Victoria University, has been selected to receive a 2015 Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) Fellowship for Latino/a, Asian and First Nations Doctoral Students.

As a FTE Doctoral Fellow, Isgandarova joins a class of 20 students and will receive a living stipend of up to $20,000 to support her doctoral studies. Fellowship recipients also attended the 2015 FTE Christian Leadership Forum, held June 3-6, in Dallas, TX. The Forum provided opportunities to develop a community of peer support, explore issues important to their leadership formation, engage in professional development and establish mentoring relationships.

 FTE supports rising theological educators from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who are committed to teaching in religion, theology or biblical studies in North American theological schools and universities. In North American theological schools, less than 20 percent of faculties are people of color.

 FTE has awarded over 550 fellowships to students of color and maintains a 98 percent retention rate among its Doctoral Fellows. In addition to its current fellowships for doctoral students, FTE provides professional development opportunities for Ph.D. students in the first two year of their studies. FTE’s doctoral initiatives foster diversity in the academy by accelerating the successful completion of Ph.D. degrees among students of African, Latino/a, Asian and First Nations descent by providing them with financial support, a network of peers, a community of mentors and professional development opportunities.

“Theological education is increasingly in dire need of diverse scholars and leaders who will shape the future of the church’s witness in a world whose demographic ground is shifting beneath its feet,” said Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Matthew Wesley Williams. “FTE is proud to invest in these rising scholars who are committed to the vocation of teaching and leading the church and academy courageously into the future.”

For a full list of 2015 FTE Doctoral Fellows, visit fteleaders.org/2015fellows.

The Forum for Theological Exploration is committed to cultivating diverse young adults to be faithful, wise and courageous leaders for the church and the academy. FTE provides resources and a forum for young adults and students to explore their purpose and call to pastoral ministry and teaching. For more information, visit fteleaders.org.

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