Applying for the Pirsig Fellowship is a relational process. Whenever possible, Darrell Yoder, director of the Pirsig Fellowship, meets with each applicant one-on-one for lunch or coffee. This relational connection is valuable because it helps us get to know you, discern your fit for the cohort and explain the goals, approach and expectations of the program.
It is recommended that you start the application process early in order to allow plenty of time for the seminary admissions process. We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2020 cohort. The application deadline is March 1, 2020. Applications submitted after that date will be considered until all seats in the program are filled.
Step 1: Complete Application Paperwork
Pirsig Fellows must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0/4.0 G.P.A.; students in the final year of their bachelor's degree program are also encouraged to apply.
- Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Application
- Seminary Scholarship Application
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- Pirsig Fellowship Application
- Ministry Leader Reference (two references required)
- Spouse Statement of Support (if applicable)
Step 2: Interview with the Pirsig Fellowship Committee
The final step in the Pirsig Fellowship application process is an interview with the Pirsig Fellowship Committee. In order to be considered for the interview, you must complete all prior steps in the application process and be accepted into the Master of Divinity program by the March 1 application deadline. Each approved candidate will be interviewed once during one of the following weeks, based on when their application is submitted:
- Dec. 2-5, 2019: For applications completed by Nov. 15, 2019. Exact interview dates/times to be determined.
- March 23-27, 2020: For applications completed between Nov. 16, 2019, and March 1, 2020. Exact interview dates/times to be determined.
Step 3: Receive Notification of Award Decision
Pirsig Fellowship awards will be announced during March 30-April 1, 2020. You will receive an email or phone call from the program director either way. When choosing fellows and awarding scholarships, we take the following information into consideration:
- Diversity: GRTS desires to be a diverse and reconciling community. Therefore, priority will be given to building diversity into all cohorts. Candidates who believe they will contribute to that commitment are encouraged to apply.
- Age: The early years of one's career are pivotal for developing a long-term ministry. Therefore, priority will be given to applicants 35 years and younger. Recent college graduates are encouraged to apply.
- Financial Need: GRTS recognizes the high financial cost of education, especially for those who cannot expect to make an increased income in ministry. Therefore, priority will be given to those with limited financial resources.