Theological Seminary students—Blake Jurgens (M.Div., 2013) and Cambria Kaltwasser (Ph.D., 2015)—are the recipients of Fulbright
Scholarships for the 2013–2014 academic year. The Fulbright Program, which was
established in 1946, is the flagship international educational exchange program
sponsored by the U.S. government.
begin his Fulbright year in the fall of 2013 in Munich, Germany. At Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, he will focus his research on the re-assessment of the role of
dualism in the Dead Sea Scrolls. “I'm interested in reinterpreting dualistic
thought in the Dead Sea Scrolls through sapiential literature—both outside the
Qumran corpus as well as within the corpus,” he says.
In August 2013,
Kaltwasser will enroll in an intensive German language course in preparation
for her Fulbright year, which will begin in September. She will live in
Tübingen, Germany, where she will study at the University of Tübingen, under
the direction of Professor Christoph Schwöbel. Her research will
explore Karl Barth’s account of finite human freedom as responsibility within
covenant with God and others. She will also have the opportunity to
conduct research at the Karl Barth Archives in Basel, Switzerland.
found out she had won she said she felt “thrilled, and enormously grateful for
this opportunity that would not be possible without the ongoing support of the professors
and advisors who have guided me.” Jurgens agrees and says he was elated to be offered such
a prestigious award. “The priceless advice from the Seminary’s Fulbright Committee
is one of the reasons such a high volume of Fulbright Scholars have passed
through this seminary,” says Jurgens.
Having earned her
M.Div. degree in 2010 (at PTS) and now in the midst of the Ph.D. program, Kaltwasser
says, “I have learned so many important lessons here. Much of what I've learned can be captured
under the headings of ‘courage and generosity.’”
her Fulbright year, Kaltwasser will return to the Seminary to finish the Ph.D.
program and complete her dissertation. Ultimately, she hopes to be a
professor of theology at an academic institution, where she can live out her
commitment to both the church and the academy. She is also a candidate
for teaching elder in the PCUSA. Following his Fulbright year, Jurgens hopes to
enroll in a
doctoral program and focus on the study of Second Temple Judaism and the New
Seminary’s George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature
James Charlesworth, chairman of the Fulbright Program at PTS since 1987 said, “I deeply appreciate my
colleagues at Princeton Seminary who work with me for twelve months each year. Together, we nurture gifted M.Div. and Ph.D.
students and help them connect with the luminaries in Germany, Israel, Great
Britain, and elsewhere. “
Princeton Theological Seminary was voted an Elite Fulbright Institution, which
means the Seminary is honored for successively developing students for
Fulbright Fellowships. For the students, being deemed a Fulbright scholar is an
honor. Some of the leading professors in the United States and
abroad earned a Fulbright Scholarship or Fulbright Fellowship when they were
students at PTS.
celebrate this achievement of Blake and Cambria, I also congratulate their
teachers in biblical studies and theology on preparing them so well. To this
year's PTS Fulbright Committee of Professors James Charlesworth, Kenneth
Appold, and Bruce McCormack the Seminary salutes you with grateful thanks,”
said James Kay, dean of academic affairs.