MSF Harvey Fellowship Program for International Students, 2014/2015

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The Mustard Seed Foundation is offering Harvey fellowship for international students to pursue a graduate program (master and doctoral) at premier universities anywhere in the world. As these fellowships support Christian students, to be eligible for these fellowship applicants must demonstrate personal faith in Jesus Christ and desire to serve and witness in his name. Each individual selected for the Harvey Fellowship is awarded an initial stipend of $12,000. Funding may be provided for a total of two years for most master’s programs and a total of three years for law and doctoral programs. The application deadline is November 1 deadline.

Study Subject(s): The most successful applicants tend to be prepared for careers in the following fields: Economics, business and finance in public and private sectors, International diplomacy, security, and business, Journalism and media, Film production and visual and performing arts, Public policy and federal, state, and major city government, Applied and theoretical sciences, Research, teaching, and administration at premier secular colleges and universities.
Course Level: Scholarship is awarded for pursuing graduate program (master and doctoral) at premier universities anywhere in the world.
Scholarship Provider: The Mustard Seed Foundation
Scholarship can be taken at: Applicants can study anywhere in the world but are only competitive if the university has an internationally-recognized reputation as a “top five” program in the specific discipline.

Eligibility: The following are requirements to qualify for a Harvey Fellowship:
-Christian Faith: All persons receiving support from the Mustard Seed Foundation must demonstrate personal faith in Jesus Christ and desire to serve and witness in his name. The Lausanne Covenant best articulates the theological vision of the Mustard Seed Foundation. All applicants must either affirm the Lausanne Covenant as an expression of their faith and theological understanding; OR submit a statement in their application articulating how their theological understanding differs from the Covenant. In addition, the Foundation expects to see a strong correlation between a successful applicant and involvement in his/her local church.
-Graduate Study: An individual must be enrolled in or have applied to a full-time graduate program. The Harvey Fellowship is not awarded to individuals pursuing undergraduate degrees, post-doctorate or non-degree programs, or part-time studies.
-Premier Institutions: An individual must be attending or applying to a premier university — typically those with an internationally recognized reputation as a “top five” program in the specific discipline, or studying with an advisor (and/or team) who is an internationally recognized expert in their field — which will likely position the individual for a career in top companies, institutions and organizations worldwide.
-Strategic Fields: An individual must be able to demonstrate that their intended vocational field has a significant impact on society, and yet appears to be underrepresented by Christians. We understand that these fields may vary in different countries or contexts as applicants come from and are planning to work in different countries around the world. Therefore the applicant is responsible to make a strong case for the strategic nature and underrepresentation of Christians in the field or context in their application.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Students from all nations can apply for this Harvey Fellowship Program.

Scholarship Description: The Harvey Fellows Program provides scholarships to Christian students who are pursuing graduate studies at premier universities in fields considered to be underrepresented by Christians and who possess a unique vision to impact society through their vocations. Initiated by the Mustard Seed Foundation (MSF) in 1992, the Harvey Fellows Program seeks to mark, equip and encourage individuals to actively integrate their faith and vocation as leaders in strategic occupations. We understand God to be creator and, not only of human beings, but of society’s disciplines and structures which make up our world. We believe God uses individuals to redeem these structures. We therefore desire to empower students who evidence the passion and ability to lead others as they participate in God’s work in the world. Through the program, the Foundation seeks to identify, prepare, and celebrate this generation’s Daniels, Esthers, Josephs and Lydias — people of God willing and able to assume positions of leadership and influence for the cause of Christ in fields such as media, government, scientific research, industry, the arts, and higher education.

Number of award: The number of Fellowships awarded each year (both new and renewal) varies according to available funds of the Mustard Seed Foundation.

Duration of award: Stipends may be renewed for up to two additional years. Funding may be provided for a total of two years for most master’s programs and a total of three years for law and doctoral programs. Stipend payments beyond the first year are contingent upon the Fellow’s good academic standing, reaffirmation of the statement of faith and vocational goal as articulated in the student’s application, timely attendance at a Summer Institute, the approval of Mustard Seed Foundation, and funds available to the Foundation.

What does it cover? Each individual selected for the Harvey Fellowship is awarded an initial stipend of $12,000. Fellows are free to use their stipends for legitimate educational expenses which further their vocational goals including tuition, living expenses, research tools or travel, studio space, professional conferences and interview travel.

Selection Criteria: Criteria for selecting individuals for the Harvey Fellowship includes the applicant’s:
-Description of his/her Christian faith, and evidence of its strength and maturity
-Demonstrated ongoing commitment and accountability to the local church
-Articulation of the strategic nature of his/her vocational arena as a mission field and as a position from which to influence society
-Argument for the lack of a distinctive Christian voice in that field
-Demonstrated expertise within the discipline/field
-Demonstrated passion and ability to lead others
-Potential to impact people and systemic structures within the field through his/her vocational vision and commitment
-Ability to be successful in the chosen field of study, profession and cultural context
-Outstanding academic history

Notification: All applicants are notified of award decisions by March 1.

How to Apply: Applications should be submitted online. The application process includes completing and merging PDF files as well as facilitating the receipt of recommendation letters. The application includes the following components:
1. Complete Contact Information
2. Current Resume or CV
3. Vocational Goal Statement
4. Affirmation of the Lausanne Covenant
5. Essays
6. School and Degree Program Information
7. Recommendation Letters
8. Test Scores
9. Official Transcripts
10. Work Sample

Scholarship Application Deadline: The entire application must be completed by the November 1 deadline.

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