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Emerging Scholars Fellowship

The Catholic Biblical Association of America (CBA) invites applications for its annual Emerging Scholars Fellowship. This award is a graduate student award given to emerging scholars who show promise and appear likely to make significant contributions to the field of Biblical studies. The CBA is a scholarly organization devoted to supporting biblical scholars from all traditions. Researchers share their scholarship during the Association's Annual Meeting and in its publications (Catholic Biblical Quarterly and the CBQ Monograph Series).

The award enables Fellows to attend the Annual General Meeting of the CBA, to present their scholarship, and enjoy the company and conversation of scholars in the field.

The award consists of:

    • up to $750 travel reimbursement for travel to the conference
    • conference registration
    • room and board (onsite) at the conference provided at host institution
    • one year of associate membership in the CBA including a subscription to The Catholic Biblical Quarterly.
    • honorarium of $200

The award is contingent on attending and presenting at the CBA Annual General Meeting. At the meeting, fellows will present their papers and have the opportunity to encounter high-quality scholarship and a hospitable environment in which to develop relationships with other scholars in the discipline.

To qualify for the award, you must:

    • be enrolled in a doctoral program in the Biblical field
    • not have the doctoral degree in hand as of the application deadline (January 15)
    • be able to attend and present at the forthcoming CBA Annual General Meeting
    • have two recommendations from faculty who are current faculty in the applicant's doctoral program.

How to apply:

1. Send the following materials attached in a SINGLE e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    • Text of an academic paper to be presented in a 30-minute time period
    • Transcripts
    • Current CV
    • Completed Application Form

2. Arrange for the Recommendation Form to be sent to prospective recommenders. The form is found at http://catholicbiblical.org/grants/213-emerging-scholars-fellowship/415-esf-forms.

Fellowships will be awarded to those showing the potential to make a serious contribution in the Biblical field.

Confirmation that the e-mail and materials were received will be given by the CBA Office within 5 days. If you do not receive confirmation, notify the CBA office by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The materials should be received by January 15, 2018 to be considered for the 81st International Meeting of The Catholic Biblical Association.

The CBA Ethos

The CBA Annual General Meeting is held on a college campus where scholars typically reside in dorm buildings (or nearby hotels) and share meals in the school cafeteria. The communal and casual environment is conducive to leisurely discussion and making new acquaintances within the scholarly community.

The connectedness among members at the meeting leads to many fruitful discussions and helpful connections that keep members coming back over the years.

Questions can be addressed to the CBA Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-319-5519.

Recent Fellows:

  • 2017

    • Joshua Noble. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana.
    • Benedict Schöning. Johannes Gutenberg University, Faculty of Catholic Theology, Mainz, Germany.