For centuries Christians have thought of attending to those who are sick as a paradigm of work that can and should be engaged as Christian vocation. But what does it look like to faithfully live into a vocation in health care today? How do Christians wisely navigate and faithfully confront the moral and spiritual challenges that fill American healthcare? How can they bear witness to and participate in the healing ministry of Christ in these confusing times?
At Duke Divinity School, we believe Christian tradition and the practices of Christian communities are powerful repositories of wisdom about illness, suffering, healing, and dying. We believe Christians have an important role to play in naming and addressing the problems that plague contemporary health care, and that attending to those who are sick remains a sacred vocation. The TMC Fellowship nurtures theological formation to equip participants for that important work.
The TMC Fellowship supports theological study and formation at Duke Divinity School. Candidates for the fellowship must apply to one of the residential masters degree programs (for a one or two-year track) or to the Certificate in Theology and Health Care program (for a one-year track).
Click here for details of the one-year track
Click here for details of the two-year track
In addition to full-time coursework, fellows participate in practices of:
- Spiritual Formation and Communal Prayer
- Structured Mentorship
- Semi-monthly Seminars
- Church and Community-based Practicums
- Semi-annual Retreats
These practices help to constitute a distinctive community of theological formation and practice with respect to health and medicine.
All TMC Fellowship applicants must submit two separate applications, one for admission to the Duke Divinity School and one for admission to the TMC Fellowship. Applicants must be admitted to a certificate or degree program at Duke Divinity School to be eligible for the TMC Fellowship.
To apply for admission to Duke Divinity School, see the admissions instructions on the Divinity School website. (Students opting for the Certificate in Theology and Healthcare should select "Theology and Healthcare Certificate" in the Academic Degree of Interest drop down menu.)
To apply for the TMC Fellowship, click here: Fellowship Application form
In the Fellowship Application form, please: 1) indicate your interest in the fellowship in the personal statement that is submitted online with the program application, and 2) prepare and submit a 1-2 page (up to 1500 words) Statement of Interest
The Statement of Interest should describe
- Your educational background and relevant professional experience
- Your intended course of study and plans for what you will do after studying at Duke Divinity School
- Your purposes and objectives in applying for the Fellowship—How do you hope the Fellowship might prepare you to reengage your vocation in health care?
The application deadline for priority consideration for the TMC Fellowship scholarships is January 15. Applications to the TMC Fellowship submitted after January 15 will be considered on a rolling basis in accordance with Divinity School admissions policies. Scholarship support for successful applicants is available on a limited and competitive basis.
Note: The process described above is the primary mechanism for applying to the fellowship. If additional spots are available in the cohort, students who matriculate in the fall of the academic year will be invited to apply for those spots. (Tuition grants are not guaranteed for these latter spots.)
"No two TMC Fellows have precisely the same questions or reasons for which they have been led to this community, but all of us embark together as we explore questions related to healthcare and healing in contemporary culture. Overall, this is a community in which we try to think with the Church about the intersections of the cura corporis and cura animae and the Christian call to neighbor love in ecclesial and clinical settings."
— Maria Surat, TMC Fellow 2015-16
Click here to see a list of some recent classes offered in the Divinity School.
Do you consider your work to be a calling and want to engage (or reengage) your vocation in health care with greater clarity?
Do you want to learn to think theologically about foundational dynamics that shape American health care?
Do you believe that Christian tradition should matter for how health care is practiced and how churches respond to health and illness, but you are not sure how?
Can you imagine investing one year in theological formation that will shape your imagination and your practices for decades to come?
If the answer to any of these questions is ‘Yes,’ then the TMC Fellowship is for you.