Doctoral Fellowships

Students enrolled on a doctoral programme or scholars pursuing post-doctoral research in or near Oxford can apply for an OCCA Doctoral Fellowship. Doctoral Fellowships provide termly stipends, intellectual mentorship from OCCA’s esteemed faculty, and spiritual formation through participation in the missional and devotional life of our community.

Please note that an OCCA Doctoral Fellowship is a means of support for an already enrolled doctoral student or post-doctoral scholar and is not itself a doctoral programme. 

The Purpose

The OCCA's evangelistic vision has always been tightly bound up with a concern for academic excellence. To support doctoral students and their research is therefore a natural extension of our established values. The work of academics profoundly shapes culture, influencing the way reality and Christian claims are perceived. The task of encouraging and nurturing scholars who engage their fields with integrity is thus a pivotal one for any serious, long-term attempt to communicate Christ with credibility. 

Our Support

The ways in which we offer support to Doctoral Fellows are various and include:

  • A stipend of £1,000 per trimester to contribute towards living and research costs.
  • Intellectual mentorship from OCCA faculty.
  • Evangelistic development through placements with local churches/organisations and participation in OCCA missions.
  • Involvement in weekly worship and discipleship groups.
  • Access to OCCA lectures as desired.
  • Opportunities to teach in areas of expertise as desired.

Eligibility

Only applicants who match the criteria below will be considered for OCCA Doctoral Fellowships.

  • Applicants must be due to start or be already undertaking doctoral or post-doctoral research at a university in or near Oxford. Please note that an OCCA Doctoral Fellowship is a means of support for an already enrolled doctoral student or post-doctoral scholar and is not itself a doctoral programme. 
  • Applicants must have a serious, committed, personal faith in Jesus Christ. They should be concerned not just with academic skill but with growth in character and Christian maturity.
  • Applications are welcomed from a wide range of research backgrounds, not only philosophy and theology. Applicants must be evangelistically minded and see serious implications in their work for apologetic/evangelistic issues. They must be reflective about how their Christian beliefs and practice interact with the methods and issues present in their chosen field.
  • Applicants must be willing to do a minimal amount of marking and tutorials. (This will exceed no more than the equivalent of four working days per term.)
  • Applicants must be in sympathy with the aims, ethos and work of RZIM.

How to Apply

In order to apply for a Doctoral Fellowship, please email your curriculum vitae and a covering letter detailing your interest in the fellowship to our Admissions Office: admin@theocca.org. 

OCCA Doctoral Fellowships are renewable by application at the end of an academic year and are offered for a maximum of two academic years.

Applications for the Doctoral Fellowship will open at the beginning of March and will close on the 12th May.  Interviews with shortlisted applicants will be held at the OCCA on Tuesday 20th June. 

All applicants, regardless of whether or not they have been shortlisted, will be invited to attend a breakfast with the OCCA Tutors that morning, so please do keep this free.

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