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Project Luke Application Form

May 12, 2011 Notification: The Project Luke Fellowship is discontinued until further notice for a period of transition.

Provisions and Expectations of the Project Luke Fellowship:

1. Two fellowships will be awarded for the 2009-2010 academic calendar year.
2. Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis.
3. Applications and all supporting documents must be in hand no later than November 30th of 2008.
4. The academic year extends eight months from the first week of September until the last week of April the following year.
5. The fellowship does not provide for family members to accompany the fellowship recipent.
6. The fellowship does not make provision for travel expenses.
7. The fellowship does not make provision for the required U.S. medical insurance.
8. Applicants must provide a letter of guarantee from a church, mission, or reputable institution in North America or Europe guaranteeing the applicant's roundtrip travel expense, required medical insurance, and any emergency expenses.
9. The fellowship includes the following: (a) use of a furnished apartment for the eight months of the fellowship; (b) a monthly allowance of $550 U.S. for the eight months of the Fellowship; (c) a textbook allowance of $200 U.S.
10. Fellowship recipients agree to: (a) live in residence at OMSC, participating in the commu nity life and worship; (b) participate in the study program of OMSC, attending a minimum of twenty-two weekly seminars in the course of the academic year; (c) complete the writing of ten biographical studies for inclusion in the DACB; (d) be prepared to give one or two lectures on the subject(s) of their study; (e) be willing to prepare one article for the International Bulletin of Missionary Research, if requested to do so; (f) upon returning home, serve as an official DACB resource person, available for consultation with DACB researchers and writers in Africa.

Proposed Subjects of Research

Two Project Luke Fellowships are offered each year, on a competitive basis. Please provide information on ten (or more) persons whom you regard as significant figures in the history, special character and vitality of the African church (regional, national, continental, or international). On separate paper, provide a short summary of each of your proposed subjects, including sources of information. These will normally not be living subjects. This material must be included with your application.

As you draw up the list of your ten proposed biographical subjects, please take into account the following guidelines:
1. Subjects whose stories already appear in the DACB will normally not be considered. Therefore, when drawing up your list of proposed subjects, it is important to consult the DACB either online or at a DACB participating institution, to ascertain whether or not the DACB already has stories on your proposed subjects.

2. Your subjects need not be confined to professional clerics, missionaries, or theologians, but might include laypersons from various walks of life whose stories are essential to an understanding of the church in Africa.

3. Articles, which you will finalize during your residency at OMSC, must not be longer than 3,000 words, and must not be shorter than 500 words.

4. As the intent and purpose of the DACB is to record the history of African Christianity, we ask that you focus, whenever possible, on writing the stories of deceased subjects. Please include dates (or approximate dates) for your proposed subjects. 5. Your ten proposed biographical subjects should not include more than two living subjects. The living subjects should fulfill the requirements in #6.

6. If you choose to write on living subjects, their stories will not be published in the DACB unless the subject is (a) of a very venerable age (over 70) and (b) they have retired from all active ministry (in other words, their story is complete). If the living subjects do not fulfill these conditions, their stories will be kept on file in the DACB office for future use.
N.B. If you are accepted as a Project Luke fellow, you will be asked to provide a detailed list of sources for each of your proposed subjects, once your list has been approved by the project manager. We urge you to collect some sources of information locally before coming to OMSC. These sources may include (but are not limited to): local archives available only in Africa, interviews (tape recorded, transcribed, or in note form), local newspaper and magazine articles, institutional records, and school files.