Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) Reveals Awardees for the 2024 Doctoral Fellowship Program

ATLANTA (May 3, 2024) – The Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) proudly announces the selection of 16 scholars of color as recipients of FTE’s prestigious Doctoral Fellowship.

These outstanding individuals have been chosen to receive either the Fellowship for Doctoral Students of African Descent or the Fellowship for Latino/a, Asian, and First Nations Doctoral Students.

Each Fellow, beyond the coursework stage of their program, will receive a generous stipend of $30,000, to support them in completing their PhD or ThD in religion, theological studies, or biblical studies. FTE recognizes each individual’s outstanding potential to contribute to the field of theological scholarship and shape the future of the church and academy.

As part of the fellowship award, recipients are invited to attend FTE’s 2024 Forum for Theological Educators. The Forum offers invaluable opportunities for networking, professional growth, vocational exploration, and mentorship.

FTE congratulates the following recipients of the 2024 Class of Doctoral Fellows:

Fellowship for Doctoral Students of African Descent: 

  • Kimi Bryson, Rutgers University
  • Angel Bernice Clark, Boston University School of Theology
  • Corwin Malcolm Davis, Emory University
  • Aaron Dorsey, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • Lenny Duncan, Graduate Theological Union
  • Ristina Gooden, Vanderbilt University
  • Reverend Amber Louisa Lowe, Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Stephanie R. Milton, University of California-Davis
  • Chandra Plowden, Harvard University Divinity School
  • Kenya Tuttle, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • Richard X III, Fordham University
  • Lauren Warner, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry


Fellowship for Latino/a, Asian and First Nations Doctoral Students:

  • Rubén David Bonilla-Ramos, Toronto School of Theology
  • Tatyana Castillo-Ramos, Yale University
  • Katherine Guerrero, Yale University
  • Tsz Him Lai, Drew University Theological School

Since 1999, FTE has granted over 585 fellowships to students of color, boasting a remarkable 98 percent retention rate among its Doctoral Fellows. Alongside fellowships for doctoral candidates in the dissertation stage, FTE offers students in their initial two years of study professional development opportunities. These efforts were developed to help accelerate students’ completion of their doctoral degrees and to cultivate diversity within the academy throughout North America.

About Forum for Theological Exploration 

For seventy years, the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) has been committed to cultivating tomorrow's leaders to be faithful, wise, and courageous for the church and academy. FTE provides resources, events, networks, grants, and fellowships to empower purposeful students, young adults, and partners to explore their passion, purpose, and call. 
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Chrishaun Hoopes