The Advanced Theological Studies Fellowship at the Theologische Universiteit Kampen in The Netherlands is amazing. Every year the university invites a handful of PhD students from around the world to spend four weeks at the university studying, researching, and writing, followed by a summary paper presentation to the university community. Travel to and from The Netherlands and lodging at the university guest house are generously provided by the university.
I can only assume that the university does this, in part, to raise its international profile. The ATSF certainly does that. I absolutely know, however, that they desire for the ATSF to assist them in their larger task of promoting and supporting theological research that encourages and assists the Church. TUKampen is commendable that way. They are a seriously academic institution with a substantive history (Herman Bavinck spent more than two decades teaching there) and the ATSF demonstrates how they wed their academics to a larger vision in support of the Church.
I was fortunate to be chosen to participate in this year’s ATSF, along with two PhD students from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and one student each from the Highland Theological College in Scotland, Wheaton College in Chicago, and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina. Research topics were in philosophical theology, New Testament studies, Patristics, comparative religion, and the Reformation.
If you are a doctoral student and need some time away in order to make significant progress for an intense few weeks, watch for their call for applications. It’s an amazing opportunity. You can see my photos of Kampen, Groningen, and even the North Sea island of Schiermonikoog here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/130383024@N06/albums
Thank you to TUKampen, their international office, and my respondent prof. dr. Ad de Bruijne for a very helpful season of research.
More information on the Advanced Theological Studies Fellowship can be found here: https://www.tukampen.nl/portal-informatiepagina/atsf