Volunteers Exploring Vocation Fellowships
The VEV Fellowship is for young adults who have participated in the national faith-based volunteer programs connected to FTE's Volunteers Exploring Vocation (VEV) initiative. This fellowship provides a $10,000 award to first year seminarians in an Master of Divinity or eligible master's program oriented toward ministerial leadership. The award is disbursed over three years to offer financial help and fund a ministry internship opportunity. Applications are due March 1st, 2013.
What does it take to become a VEV Fellow?
Candidates for the Volunteers Exploring Vocation Fellowship must be current participants in one of the faith-based volunteer programs listed below, or have completed a year of volunteer service within the previous five years.
- Brethren Volunteer Service
- Catholic Volunteers in Florida
- Christian Appalachian Project
- Episcopal Service Corps
- Jesuit Volunteer Corps
- Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest
- L'Arche USA
- Lasallian Volunteers
- Lutheran Volunteer Corps
- Mennonite Voluntary Service
- Mission Year
- Notre Dame Mission Volunteers
- Presbyterian Church (USA) Young Adult Volunteers
- Quaker Voluntary Service
- Radical Journey
- US2 Program of the United Methodist Church
- United Church of Christ Young Adult Service Communities
- Young Adult Mission Service of the United Methodist Church
Qualified candidates must be:
- entering the first- year of a full-time Master of Divinity program or eligible Master degree program oriented toward ministerial leadership at an ATS accredited institution (for Masters students, please click here and review the complete list of basic programs oriented toward ministerial leadership approved by ATS)
- be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or permanent resident of either country
- age 35 or younger
- persons who are currently participating in a year of service or have completed a year of service within the previous five calendar years
- able to participate in all required fellowship activities
What does a fellowship include?
Award Stipend: VEV Fellows will receive a $10,000 stipend over three years that will be disbursed as follows: $7,500 ($2,500 per year) to be applied toward education-related expenses and $2,500 to fund a ministry internship normally done during the summer before the third year of seminary. This internship opportunity should enrich the Fellow's preparation for ministry and will be negotiated in partnership with FTE.
2013 and 2014 Summer Community: VEV Fellows will also convene in the summer of 2013 and 2014. The 2013 gathering will be held August 11-15 in Decatur, Ga. The exact dates and location for the 2014 gathering have not been determined, however it will be held during a three-day period. Students unable to attend the conference and retreats should not apply for the fellowship.
As many as 10 VEV Fellows will be named for the 2013-2014 academic year. Applications were due March 1st, 2013. Please check back soon for information on next year's opportunities.
Download General Instructions for 2013 VEV Fellowship
Helpful document to reference when applying for this fellowship.