/ Provost's Office

Continuum Scholars

The Continuum Scholars Program is sponsored by the Center for Ministry Studies and aims to expand the conversation at Hope College around issues of faith, vocation and scholarship.

It welcomes pre-tenure faculty members into a vibrant experience of faith formation and intellectual engagement with the historic Christian faith.

Online Continuum Scholars Application 

Continuum Scholars:

  • Participate in a two-week, partial-day workshop on faith, vocation and scholarship during which you will articulate and explore:
    • Theological perspectives on the vocation of scholarship
    • The current state of theological reflection and engagement in your research field(s) and discipline(s)
    • The ecumenical continuum of theological perspectives through which our colleagues both at Hope College and within higher education approach their own scholarship
  • Make an on-campus presentation on faith, vocation and scholarship during the academic year
  • Receive a $500 workshop stipend in addition to funding consistent with Nyenhuis Grant guidelines

The Continuum Scholars will be an inter-divisional cohort of five pre-tenure faculty members.

The selection process will use the Nyenhuis Summer Research Grant proposal as a common application. Proposals for collaborative research with students will be considered, but the workshop will include only faculty. Full-time, pre-tenure faculty in any academic division who meet the eligibility criteria for Nyenhuis Faculty Development Grants or who have secured summer research funding from another source may apply.

Proposals submitted after the submission deadline will not be accepted. To apply for a Continuum Scholars Faculty Development Grant, simply fill out the Continuum Program application and submit it to the Provost’s Office as an additional attachment to the email containing your Nyenhuis application.


To apply for a Continuum Scholars Faculty Development Grant, please complete a brief online application in addition to submitting a Nyenhuis Faculty Development Grant application. Faculty who already have summer research funding from a source other than Nyenhuis do not need to complete a Nyenhuis application (in this case, only the Continuum application is needed). Any source of funding outside of the Nyenhuis process still must be indicated on the Continuum application as well as a brief, 250-word summary of your summer research plans. The Continuum application will also ask you to save your answers to the below questions in a Word or PDF document. The application document should not exceed two (2) pages in length with a minimum font size of 11 points. You will upload this document through the online application process.

  1. How might participation as a Continuum Scholar benefit your proposed research? Note: An explicit connection between faith, vocation, and your project is not a requirement.
  2. What questions in regard to faith, vocation, and scholarship (conceived broadly as research, teaching, and service) do you want to explore? Why? Describe your previous opportunities to think and learn about faith, vocation, and scholarship. Note: Experience exploring these topics is not a requirement.
  3. How might an in-depth exploration of faith, vocation, and scholarship benefit you at this stage of your career?
  4. How might participation as a Continuum Scholar shape potential directions for your scholarship (again, conceived broadly as research, teaching, and service) over the next ten years?