Princeton, NJ, April 30, 2013–Princeton Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that two 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.

blake jurgensBlake Jurgens will begin his Fulbright year in the fall of 2013 in Munich, Germany. At Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, he will focus his research on 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. Following his Fulbright year, Jurgens hopes to enroll in a doctoral program and focus on the study of Second Temple Judaism and the New Testament.

In August, Cambria 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. After completing her Fulbright year, Kaltwasser will return to the Seminary to finish her 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 Presbyterian Church (USA).

cambria kaltwasserWhen Kaltwasser 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 the Seminary,” says Jurgens.

The Fulbright Program, which was established in 1946, is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.

Princeton Seminary’s George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature James Charlesworth, chairman of the Fulbright Program at the Seminary 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.”

In 2011, 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 the Seminary. 

Princeton Theological Seminary was founded in 1812, the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. It is the largest Presbyterian Seminary in the country, with more than 500 students in six graduate degree programs.