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Lautenschlaeger Award Deadline

February 25, 2016

The deadline for applications for the 2017 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise looms:  31 May 2016.

The Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise 2017 will be given to ten
young scholars. The celebration of the Awards will take place at the University of Heidelberg in May 2017. The winners will receive a prize of €3,000 each.

Applications have to be based on the accepted doctoral dissertation or first book after the
dissertation and can come from all religious traditions and from all academic fields.  Applicants should be no older than 35 years.

Submissions genuinely can be from any discipline and addressing any religious tradition, text, or topic.  Winners are invited to Heidelberg for the awards ceremony, and also for a two-day seminar in which they present proposals for their next project.  Members of the selection committee and other winners engage each project in discussion.  It’s a stimulating time for all.

The flyer advertising the Award is here:  lautenschlaeger-award2017.

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  1. Is it worthwhile to go into Biblical scholarship anymore? For that matter, is there any academic position worth 10 years of study? All I hear is new PhDs and profs living in poverty. Why waste your time trying so hard for so long just to get a low paying insecure job?

    • It was never a good reason for doing a PhD in order to get a high-paying and secure job. Since at least the late 1970s, when I was first seeking junior-level academic posts, there have been many, many more applicants than posts. I recall letters in the 1970s from places where I applied telling me that they expected 100+ applicants for a given post in NT, for example.
      So, my advice: If you can take on PhD work in full recognition of these odds, and not have any regrets later if things don’t pan out, OK. Otherwise, think it over carefully. And if the chance to do advanced research in a given subject isn’t that compelling, then you should probably find something else to do with your time.

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