In the 2009-2010 academic year, the Woodstock Theological Center launched its newest initiative, the John & Pat Figge Woodstock Undergraduate Student Research Fellowship. These Fellowships give several Georgetown undergraduates an opportunity to do “theological reflection on the human problems of today.” Now, the Figge Fellows have a new home in the Catholic Studies Program at Georgetown University, where they will continue to develop a new lens and methodology with which to approach their studies and life experiences.
Figge Fellows are selected through a competitive process, with a goal of bringing together students from a variety of majors and religious traditions who display a high level of academic aptitude, and a strong interest in how theological reflection can be applied to current issues and problems. Each Fellow receives a $500 stipend for completion of the Fellowship.
Now in its seventh year, the Figge Fellowship program looks forward to opening up to another set of Fellows. The current Figge Fellows team, along with the Catholic Studies faculty and staff, are excited to welcome a new group of students into the Georgetown community.
The 2019-2020 Figge Fellowship application due date has passed.
Drew Christiansen, S.J.
Leon Hooper, S.J.
2019-2020 Figge Fellows:
SFS Class of 2020
Major: International Politics – Security Studies Program
Project Name: Land Reform and the Unfinished Business of Reconciliation in South Africa: Evolving Public Christianities
Project Description: Mitra is studying the evolution of the land reform question in South Africa, analyzing South African churches’ voice in the land justice debate, their waning influence, and searching for avenues through which churches can recreate the influential and dynamic public Christianities they once offered to South Africans.
SFS Class of 2023
Project Name: Chomolungma: The Commercialization of Sacred Peaks and Ethical Challenges of Modern Day Climbing
Project Description: Watson is researching international sacred mountains specifically in the Himalayas and the impact of mountain commercialization on Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhist communities. Watson is also looking at the modern ethical issues of high altitude climbing and the evolution of mountains from sacred, untouched sites to crowded tourist locations
MSB Class of 2022
Project Name: Structural Development of the Early Church from the Writings of Eusebius
Project Description: Degrado is working with Prof. John O’Malley, studying early Church history from the writings of Eusebius of Caesarea. Moreover, Degrado is hoping to establish which aspects of the early Church allowed Christianity to spread at such a rapid pace.
SFS Class of 2022
Project Name and Description are in progress.
2019-2020 Student Assistants
Past Figge Fellows
Kelsey Yurek, Marisa Putrasahan, Arin Chinnasathian, Benjamin Brazzel, Emma Bradley, Justin Potisit