Fellowships and Prizes

Recipients of the Fellowships and Prizes are selected by the Academic Affairs Committee in consultation with the Office of the President. The Stendahl Medal recipient is selected based upon nominees submitted by the international theological community.



Fellowship Recipients
Fellowships constitute the highest academic recognition offered by the Graduate Theological Foundation to a graduating student who is taking the Ph.D. or Th.D. degree from the GTF.

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Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Fellowship in Jewish Studies (Begun 2009)

  • Kenneth Chigbo (2009)

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John Macquarrie Fellowship in Philosophical Theology (Begun 2000)

  • Hiep Quang Nguyen (2013)
  • James Ellison (2012)
  • Joanne Christine Neal (2011)
  • Ore Lee Spragin, Jr. (2010)
  • Marion Thullbery (2009)
  • Ruthann Valentine (2008)
  • Douglas Lind (2007)
  • John Patrick O’Neill (2006)
  • Betty Lynn Schwab (2005)
  • Timothy Allen (2004)
  • Carol Worthing (2002)
  • Charles P. McArthur (2000)

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Imam Malik Fellowship in Islamic Studies (Begun 2006)

  • Zurkani Vardar (2013)
  • Abed Ayoub (2012)
  • Yousef Said (2011)
  • Muaz Redzic (2010)
  • Bassam Obeid (2009)
  • Waleed K. Basyouni (2008)
  • Omar Shahin (2007)
  • Senad Agic (2006)

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Prizes for Professional Performance (Begun 2005)
Prizes are awarded at the time of graduation to students who have distinguished themselves in the various areas of study indicated by the Named Prizes.

  • Mary Joan Jensen (2013) Dorothy Day Prize in Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Hana Taleb Jaber (2013) Jalaluddin Rumi Prize in Islamic Studies
  • Paula Goldberg (2013) Rabbi Samuel Cohen Prize in Jewish Studies
  • William Moneyhun (2013) Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion
  • Joanne K. Harrison (2012) Harry Thacker Burleigh Prize in Sacred Music
  • Ismail Fetic (2012) Ibn Taymiyya Prize in Islamic Studies
  • Adolphus Chukwuka (2012) Mary McLeod Bethune Prize in Educational Leadership
  • Margaret Callender Davis (2012) Dorothy Day Prize in Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Walter F. Kedjierski (2011) Archdiocese of New York Prize in Catholic Studies
  • Christiana Onu Ekeh (2011) Mother Teresa Prize in Spirituality and Community Service
  • Joseph Byrd (2011) Charles Wesley Prize in Sacred Music and Liturgy
  • Claire King (2011) Mary McLeod Bethune Prize in Educational Leadership
  • Carmen Maldonado (2010) Saint Thérèse of Lisieux Prize in Spirituality
  • Mohamed Moussa (2010) Ibn Taymiyya Prize in Islamic Studies
  • Tak Him Shu (2010) Dorothy Day Prize in Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Nancy A. Mason Bordley (2009) Saint Therese of Lisieux Prize in Spirituality
  • Raed Alrousan (2009) Ibn Taymiyya Prize in Islamic Studies
  • Carol Dawn McDonald (2009) Howard Thurman Prize in Parish Ministry
  • Douglas Cleveland (2009) Harry Thacker Burleigh Prize in Sacred Music
  • Ishmail O. Iwuala (2009) Dorothy Day Prize in Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser (2008) Rabbi Samuel Cohen Prize in Jewish Studies
  • Hanh Van Pham (2008) St. Therese of Lisieux Prize in Spirituality
  • Ricardo N. Villacorta (2008) San Juan Diego Prize in Hispanic Ministry
  • Anthony Nwachukwu (2008) Dorothy Day Prize in Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Sergio Garcia (2007) San Juan Diego Prize in Hispanic Ministry
  • Marzia Dawlatzai (2007) Ibn Taymiyya Prize in Islamic Studies
  • Gary Yarbrough (2007) Dorothy Day Prize in Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Baruch Halevi (2007) Rabbi Samuel Cohen Prize in Jewish Studies
  • J. Mark Killmer (2007) St. Therese of Lisieux Prize in Spirituality
  • Bayram Mulic (2006) Jalauddin Rumi Prize in Islamic Studies
  • Gordon A. R. Edwards (2006) Howard Thurman Prize in Parish Ministry
  • Kaye Anne Sloan (2006) Harry Thacker Burleigh Prize in Sacred Music
  • Amarilis Arrioja (2006) San Juan Diego Prize in Hispanic Ministries
  • Neville Kelly (2006) Dorothy Day Prize in Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Thuy Nguyen (2006) St. Therese of Lisieux Prize in Spirituality
  • James Michaels (2006) Rabbi Samuel Cohen Prize in Jewish Studies
  • Henry A. Chan (2005) Dorothy Day Prize in Pastoral Care and Counseling

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Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies (Begun 2009)
An award to an internationally distinguished scholar in Biblical studies in tribute to Krister Stendahl, former Dean of Harvard Divinity School and Bishop of Stockholm. Recipients of the Stendahl Medal are made Honorary Fellows of the GTF at the Convocation/Graduation Ceremony.

  • Christo Lombaard (University of South Africa) 2013
  • James S. McLaren (Australian Biblical Review) & Anne Gardner (Australian Biblical Review) 2012
  • David H. Aaron (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion) 2010
  • John Barton (Oxford University) 2009

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