Father Stephen Moore
This scholarship was established in 2006 by a legacy from the donor's maternal grandfather, Julius Flechtheim, a former professor of jurisprudence at Berlin University who died as a victim of the Holocaust in 1940. The legacy funding the scholarship was made available to Julius's grandson after the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims in 2005 recognised the legitimacy of a life insurance policy taken out by Professor Flechtheim 70 years earlier. He was a contemporary of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who lectured on systematic theology at the same time and who was killed by the Nazis in 1945.
In their respective fields both men recognised in the upheaval of their country that true responsibility (both secular and temporal) means freedom and true freedom means responsibility.
The scholarship is offered in the hope that it will give fresh inspiration to all who are called to ask the awkward moral and ethical questions by encouraging study into the ethics of responsible action with particular reference to Bonhoeffer's theology.
Further information to assist students interested in applying for the prestigious Flechtheim Scholarship can be found here
To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria:
- Be enrolled in any program within the Faculty of Education and Arts
- Not hold another scholarship
If this documentation is not provided your application will not be processed.
After you have submitted your application, please print off the cover sheet provided and attach a copy of each piece of required documentation to it before sending in.
- A written statement between 200 and 1000 words which specifies how your proposed work will enhance understanding of Bonhoeffer's theological legacy through targeted and rigorous research of the kind that matches normal University expectations
A scholarship will be offered annually (where possible). The scholarship provides an amount of $3,000 to be paid as a lump sum upon receipt of a research paper deemed by the Chair of the selection committee to be of suitable standard.
Selection of the scholar will be on the basis of research work that enhances understanding of the work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and its broader applications. Applicants must provide a written statement between 200 and 1000 words which specifies how their proposed work will enhance understanding of Bonhoeffer's theological legacy through targeted and rigorous research of the kind that matches normal University expectations. The criteria will include clarity of purpose, depth, rigour and innovation.
Completed Research Work
The completed research work should be presented in the form of a written statement of at least 1,500 words, possibly incorporating one of the following topics:
* Bonhoeffer's theological inheritance
* Self, community and revelation: building blocks of ethics
* The ethics of responsible action
* The Christological contour of Christian ethics
* Social responsibility and modern Christian commitment
* Bonhoeffer's response to the events of 1933
* Is Bonhoeffer really a martyr?
* Christian life as the practice of death
* Bonhoeffer as a moral catalyst
* The relevance of Bonhoeffer's 'religionless Christianity' to contemporary events
* Applying Bonhoeffer's 'cheap versus costly grace' to the place of religion in the world today
* Bonhoeffer on the Jewish question
* Bonhoeffer and eastern religions
* Bonhoeffer's encounter with atheism
* Bonhoeffer's account of 'Deus ex machina'
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