Hispanic Theological Initiative.

Creating and Nurturing a Community of Latina and Latino Scholars.
Through the Combined Efforts of the Consortium Member Schools.
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    Description of PhD program

    The degree of Doctor of Philosophy represents theological scholarship and inquiry on the highest academic level, marking its holders as peers with their teachers and qualified to serve on university, college, and seminary faculty. Program areas are offered in thirteen fields of study: Biblical Studies: Old Testament or New Testament; History and Ecumenics: Church History and History of Doctrine or Mission, Ecumenics, and History of Religions; Practical Theology: Christian Education, Pastoral Theology, or Homiletics; Religion and Society; Theology: Christian Ethics, History of Doctrine, Philosophy and Theology, or Systematic Theology.

    Tuition & Housing Costs

    The annual cost of tuition for the Ph.D. program in 2014-15 is $12,500. Campus housing is available for up to five consecutive years or for the duration of the student’s Ph.D. program, whichever comes first. Housing is heavily subsidized and thus represents a substantial enhancement of the overall admissions package. Please refer to the Princeton Theological Seminary website for specific information on housing.

    Tuition Assistance

    Each admitted applicant will receive at minimum (a) a Merit Tuition Scholarship and (b) either a Princeton Doctoral Fellowship or the George S. Green Fellowship for a period of up to five consecutive years of full-time study. In addition, a special Research Assistantship is made available to each student during the first year of study. During years two through five each student is guaranteed at least one opportunity per year to serve as a Teaching Assistant or a Teaching Fellow. These assistantships, if accepted, significantly enhance the overall value of the student’s annual financial award package. Two Trustees Merit Scholarships are awarded annually to applicants whose applications are judged to be of a superior quality.

    Financial Aid-Fellowships

    • Merit Tuition Scholarship: This scholarship covers the annual cost of tuition, which in 2014-15 is $12,500, and is annually credited to the student’s account on his or her behalf.
    • The Princeton Doctoral Fellowship: The Princeton Doctoral Fellowship is awarded for up to five years (ten semesters) of study in the Ph.D. program. It provides an annual stipend of $16,000 and is offered to aid the student in pursuing his or her education, without expectation of service in return.
    • The George S. Green Fellowship for Doctoral Study: One fellowship for doctoral work, preferably but not exclusively in Old Testament, may be awarded for up to five years of study to a senior in the Master of Divinity program in the Seminary, or a candidate in the Master of Theology program at the Seminary, who has displayed outstanding academic achievement and scholarly promise. The fellowship provides a stipend of $16,000 and is offered to aid the student in pursuing his or her education, without expectation of service in return.
    • The Trustees Merit Scholarship: This scholarship of $6,000 per year is awarded to the two students in each entering class whose applications, in the judgment of the Ph.D. Studies Committee, are of a superior quality. This represents the highest award offered by the Seminary to an entering doctoral student.
    • First Year Research Assistantship: This special research assistantship provides a stipend of $4,000 in the student’s first year of study and requires a commitment from the student of 10 hours of service per week in support of the research activities of one (or more) faculty member for 30 weeks during the year. This assistantship is purely optional and may be declined by the student.
    • Teaching Assistantships: Annually more than fifty teaching assistantships are awarded to provide support in Seminary courses. The basic stipend of a full-time teaching assistant is $4,300, for which the holder works no more than 15 hours per week during the semester of appointment. In the second through fifth years of study, students are guaranteed at least one opportunity per year to serve as a Teaching Assistant or a Teaching Fellow.

    Hispanic/Latino Faculty

    Raimundo Barreto
    Assistant Professor of World Christianity

    Hispanic Centers and Programs

    Hispanic Theological Initiative. The Hispanic Theological Initiative manages the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium. Their mission and purpose revolves around four major goals:

    1. To help identify and prepare highly trained educators and leaders who can articulate, model, and help teach values and ideas that will inform and make an impact in our Latino faith communities and communities in general.
    2. To increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of Latina/o PhD students across the nation by uniting and leveraging institutional resources (human, financial, and infrastructural).
    3. To increase the presence of Latina/o faculty – especially tenured faculty – in seminaries, schools of theology and universities.
    4. To provide form for exchange of information, ideas, and best practices to address the needs of Latina/o faculty and students.

    Hispanic Leadership Program (HLP). Under the direction of the Center for Continuing Education, HLP seeks to nurture and strengthen a group of Latino/a leaders to serve the Church and the world. Open to the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking population. Offerings include annual conferences and seminars on themes of interest, such as globalization, Church-growth, congregational development, immigration, domestic violence and gang-violence, stewardship, etc.

    Herencia Lectures. The seminary sponsors a series of endowed lectures on Latino/a scholarship during the Hispanic Heritage Month.

    Office of Multicultural Relations. This office focuses on the concerns of international and racial-ethnic students as well as diversity issues by promoting campus programs relating to opportunities for and appreciation of multi- and cross-cultural experiences, facilitating the life and work of the racial-ethnic councils of the faculty, and assisting various Seminary constituencies with providing learning opportunities regarding multicultural and racial-ethnic relations.

    Library Resources-Special Collections

    Special Resources provides access to the Latin American Periodicals Collection, which includes a wealth of publications by Hispanic scholars and recent doctoral dissertations written by Hispanic theologians.

    Other Resources

    Association of Latino American Seminarians (ALAS)-student group

    HTI Fellows/ Scholars

    Jared Alcántara
    Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
    2011-2012 Comprehensive Exams
    2012-2014 Dissertation

    Rubén Arjona-Mejía
    2014-2015 Comprehensive Exams
    2015-2016 Dissertation

    Tommy A. Cásarez
    President, Latin American Bible Institute
    2003–2004 Doctoral
    2004–2005 Doctoral Renewal

    Mereides Delgado
    1997–1998 Doctoral
    1998–1999 Doctoral Renewal
    1999–2000 Comprehensive Exams
    2003–2004 Dissertation

    Elías Ortega-Aponte
    Assistant Professor of Afro-Latino/a Religions and Cultural Studies at Drew University
    2006–2007 Doctoral
    2007–2008 Comprehensive Exams
    2009-2010 Dissertation

    Francisco Javier Peláez-Díaz
    2013–2014 First-Year Doctoral
    2014-2015 Second-Year Doctoral
    2015-2016 Comprehensive Exams

    Rubén Rosario–Rodríguez
    Associate Professor of Theology, Director of the Mev Puleo Scholarship in Latin American Theology and Culture at St. Louis University
    1999–2000 Doctoral
    2000–2001 Comprehensive Exams
    2003–2004 Dissertation

    Stephanie Mota Thurston
    2015-2016 Second-Year Doctoral