The John Perkins Fellowship

Up to 3 new students each year are offered The John Perkins Fellowship. Each student receives up to a 100% tuition scholarship for a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Christian Community Development. Each Perkins Fellow will be invited to engage in a transformational experience. During the program, students are mentored, participate in urban ministry internships, and receive first-hand training from top urban ministry leaders.

Benefits of the Program

  • Students are able to fully engage in academic and ministerial training without the financial concern of tuition.
  • Students are mentored by top urban ministry leaders.
  • In-context learning allows for immediate practical ministry training and transformational educational opportunities.
  • Community building activities designed for Fellowship participants allow students to
    create a network of supportive peers.
  • Following graduation, students are able to audit a course at Northern for free each year in order to assist with life-long learning.

 To Be Considered, an Applicant Must:

  • Have a degree from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • Be admitted into the Master of Divinity program with an emphasis in Christian Community Development
  • Submit a completed John Perkins Fellowship Application form
  • Be able to articulate a call to urban ministry through a 2-3 page essay
  • In addition to the required Northern admission reference, Perkins candidates must submit two additional reference letters in support of their John Perkins Fellowship application
  • Participate in an on-campus interview
  • Be committed to full-time study*
  • Currently live or agree to live in an urban setting approved by the program director (see “Living in Community” section below)
  • Attend the community building activities, which are normally held in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago
  • Currently serve or agree to serve in a ministry role at an urban church or ministry

*Degree must be completed in 3-5 years

Living in Community:

Students must live in an urban setting. This allows students to truly be transformed by the experience. All must engage in the community-building activities often held in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago.

Through a partnership with Lawndale Community church, each year a limited number of volunteer internships at Lawndale Community Church are made available to John Perkins Fellows.



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