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Trinity Western University
M.A. in Biblical Studies Program
Application for Research Assistantships for 2016-2017

The M.A. in Biblical Studies program is now accepting applications for the following:

1) Two Research Assistantships to the Canada Research Chair in Dead Sea Scrolls Studies, under the supervision of Dr. Peter W. Flint (up to $12,000 each, subject to funding). Half of this amount ($6,000) will be awarded as a scholarship, and half ($6,000) will be for work done on a CRC Dead Sea Scrolls project. The main current projects are: a new edition of the Great Psalms Scroll from Cave 11, and the first critical edition of the Book of Psalms for The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition (HBCE). See the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1QoTCOBY9o

2) Other research funds. As research assistantships for smaller amounts become available throughout the year, applicants who did not receive the major awards receive first consideration.

Note: All applicants admitted to the M.A. in Biblical Studies program are also considered for M.A. funding available, and no additional application is required. 

Who is eligible to apply? 

All new and continuing M.A. in Biblical Studies students enrolled in 2016-2017 are eligible to apply. However, preference will be given to students with an interest in the Dead Sea Scrolls, and/or a desire to write their thesis on a Dead Sea Scrolls-related topic. Applicants are expected to maintain full time registration in the program for the duration of the award; i.e. a minimum of 9 hours of coursework per semester or registration in Thesis I and Thesis II. Students receiving the Research Assistantship in the first year may have it renewed for a second year, depending on successful progress in their academic studies and research work and depending on the availability of funding. 

Deadline

Applications and references are to be submitted via email to Dr. Tony Cummins, Director of the M.A. in Biblical Studies (tony.cummins@twu.ca), no later than April 15, 2016. All applicants will be notified by the end of April, and sooner if possible. If a suitable candidate is not found for a particular Research Assistantship, the deadline may be extended or the Assistantship may not be awarded. 

Application Procedure 

1. Send an e-mail to Dr. Tony Cummins stating your intention to apply for a Research Assistantship. 

2. Request an academic reference letter be sent directly to Dr. Tony Cummins. Please ask referees to speak directly to your strengths in biblical and cognate languages as demonstrated through coursework; familiarity with standard text-critical methodologies and resources; capacity to work both independently and in collaboration on research projects; and any other proficiencies or skills—e.g., ability to use Bible software and/or Adobe Photoshop – that would be deemed an asset to the Canada Research Chair team.

3. Submit an application – consisting of a cover letter and resume - that highlight your academic background, biblical and cognate languages, experience, interests, and abilities, showing your strengths as a candidate for the Research Assistantship. Please include: 

a) Personal details (name, address, phone number, e-mail) 

b) Academic history

c) Personal research interests and potential thesis topic, if known 

d) Related work history including past research and teaching assistantships 

e) Any work and/or research or teaching assistant commitments for 2016-2017

f) Languages studied, listing courses taken and/or level of proficiency 

g) Relevant computer skills (be specific concerning platform and programs) 

h) Education and career objectives

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