The CTNS Charles H. Townes Graduate Student Fellowship Program

The CTNS Charles H. Townes Graduate Student Fellowship Program

Deadline: March 10

In 2003, the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) created a new Fellowship program for doctoral research in theology and science at the GTU.  The Fellowship is named in honor of Charles H. Townes, who received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his co-discovery of the maser and the laser. Professor Townes is Professor of Physics in the Graduate School at U.C. Berkeley, and he has served on the CTNS Board of Directors for over a decade.  He is an active member of First Congregational Church, Berkeley.

The purpose of the Fellowship is to honor doctoral students who have demonstrated clear ability to do very promising research on issues related to theology and science. The selection is based on academic excellence. Students in any Area of the GTU doctoral program whose research focuses on theology and science are eligible to apply.


  • A student who is working on the comprehensive exams at an advanced level (the equivalent of the “special comprehensive exams” in the Area of Systematic and Philosophical Theology);
  • A student who has finished their comprehensive exams and is working on their dissertation or dissertation proposal.
  •  Students are invited to submit their curriculum vitae, a sample of their best writing in theology and science, and a statement of 1000 words about their research topic and methodology.

To apply, email a cover letter, CV, brief statement of your research topic, and your best writing piece on theology and science


Mail your application to:
CTNS Townes Fellowship
2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley
CA 94709 or

Phone: 510-848-8152
Fax: 510-848-2535

(last checked 1/24/17)


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