sha Mustard Seed Harvey Fellowship for Christians 2013-2014

Mustard Seed Harvey Fellowship for Christians 2013-2014

Mustard Seed Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2013-2014 Harvey Fellowship for Christian graduate students.  All persons receiving support from the Mustard Seed Foundation must demonstrate personal faith in Jesus Christ and desire to serve and witness in His name. The Harvey Fellowship is very competitive and applicants must complete and submit an online application as well as submit hard copy materials no later than November 1.

  • Christian Faith: All persons receiving support from the Mustard Seed Foundation must demonstrate personal faith in Jesus Christ and desire to serve and witness in His name.
  • Graduate Study: An individual must be enrolled in or have applied to a full-time graduate program. The Harvey Fellowship is not awarded to individuals pursuing undergraduate degrees, post-doctorate or non-degree programs, or part-time studies.
  • Premier Institutions: An individual must be attending or applying to a premier university — typically those with an internationally recognized reputation as a “top five” program in the specific discipline, or studying with an advisor (and/or team) who is an internationally recognized expert in their field — which will likely position the individual for a career in top companies, institutions and organizations worldwide.
  • Strategic Fields: An individual must be able to demonstrate that their intended vocational field has a significant impact on society, and yet appears to be underrepresented by Christians. The most successful applicants tend to be preparing for careers in the following fields:

• Economics, business and finance in public and private sectors
• International diplomacy, security, and business
• Journalism and media
• Film production and visual and performing arts
• Public policy and federal, state, and major city government
• Applied and theoretical sciences
• Research, teaching, and administration at premier colleges and universities
Selection Criteria
Criteria for selecting individuals for the Harvey Fellowship includes the applicant’s:

  • Description of his/her Christian faith, and evidence of its strength and maturity
  • Demonstrated on-going commitment and accountability to the local church
  • Articulation of the strategic nature of his/her vocational arena as a mission field and as a position from which to influence society
  • Argument for the lack of a distinctive Christian voice in that field
  • Demonstrated expertise within the discipline/field
  • Demonstrated passion and ability to lead others
  • Potential to impact people and systemic structures within the field through his/her vocational vision and commitment
  • Ability to be successful in the chosen field of study, profession and cultural context

Each individual selected for the Harvey Fellowship is awarded an initial stipend of $16,000, which may be renewed for up to two additional years.
Application Process

  • The application process has two stages. First, the application must be completed and submitted through the Online Application system. No paper applications are accepted.
  • Second, specific required materials must be submitted via mail (e.g. official transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores). The required materials must be collected by the applicant, bundled and sent directly to the Foundation
  • Both stages of the application process must be completed by the November 1 deadline.

The application includes the following components:

  • ·         Complete Contact Information
  • ·         Current Resume or CV
  • Vocational Goal Statement: The vocational goal statement is a short summary of the applicant’s vocational goals. It should explain what the applicant’s degree program will enable him or her to accomplish.
  • Affirmation of the Lausanne Covenant: Each section of the Lausanne Covenant must be affirmed. Affirmation with qualifications to the Covenant are accepted.
  • Essays: Five essays are required and one is encouraged with a maximum 400 words each. See their website for essay topics
  • School and Degree Program Information
  • Recommendation Letters: Four recommendation letters are required. See details on their website
  • Test Scores: GRE, LSAT, GMAT or other test scores are required for those applicants who have not yet been admitted to their intended degree program. Test scores are optional for those applicants who have been offered admission, who have already begun their chosen course of study, or if the program to which the applicant is applying does not require text scores for admission
  • Official Transcripts: Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate programs through the most recent semester are required.
  • Work Sample: The work sample may be a significant piece of academic work (research paper or excerpt, conference presentation, published work, scientific research proposal, recital tape, artwork, etc). Written work samples must be no more than 25 pages in total length.

Deadline: November 1, 2012
For more information, and to apply, click here.