SATS is proud to announce a full PhD scholarship for emerging theologians interested in Studies in Church and Society with ‘The Africa We Want’ (African Union Agenda 2063). This PhD scholarship opens an exciting opportunity for emerging scholars to make an original contribution by addressing African realities in conversation with regional and global trends.


Who can apply?

You may apply if you:

  • Live on the African continent.
  • Hold an accredited research master’s degree in Theology or related fields.


What should be the topic or focus of your doctoral research?

SATS does not prescribe or limit the topic of your doctoral research. However, applicants may consult the following list of SATS’ research priorities (not in order of importance):

  • Theological reflections on the African Union’s Agenda 2063
  • Discipleship and digital ecclesiology in post-Covid 19 Africa
  • Biblical Spiritual Formation for the church in Africa
  • Pentecostalization in Africa
  • The Effects of the Prosperity Gospel in Africa
  • Ecotheology / Theo-ecology in Africa
  • Ecclesiology in Africa
  • The Kingdom of God in Africa
  • Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Peace Making in Africa
  • Theology and Social / Political / Economic Transformation in Africa
  • Theology and African Art
  • Gender-based Violence in Africa


What is the process SATS will follow with this scholarship?

The process starts with a general advertisement of the scholarship. The due date for applications is 7th November, 2022. Thereafter, a panel of SATS academics will draw up a shortlist of the three most promising applications. They will submit a recommendation to SATS’s Management Team for approval. Next, SATS will engage with the chosen candidate to clarify the final details and conditions of the scholarship. The chosen candidate will be announced by 9th December 2022. Finally, arrangements will be made for the candidate to formally commence their PhD studies.


What are the conditions of the scholarship?

Applicants who meet all the academic and registration requirements will be considered for a full PhD scholarship at SATS. The committee will select only one applicant for the scholarship. The scholarship is conditional upon continued performance throughout the doctoral journey.


How do I apply?

Write an essay and email it to Marilyn Schott, the SATS PhD registrar, at [email protected]. The essay must include the following:

  • Your personal profile including a description of the ministry in which you are involved (100-200 words)
  • Preliminary title (10-25 words)
  • An abstract (200-300 words)
  • A short explanation of the uniqueness of your proposed research (50-100 words)
  • A short description of the potential significance of your proposed research (100-200 words)
  • Tell us why you think you merit the scholarship (100-200 words)


*The essay must include a focus on Studies in Church and Society and the Africa We Want (Agenda 2063). Any essays that do not fulfil these requirements will not be considered.


For further information

Please contact Marilyn Schott ([email protected]).