What is the Fellows Program?


The Fellows Program provides students with a biblical and theological foundation during their time at UNC. Think of it as adding a 1-hour course to your schedule that is designed to equip you with knowledge and resources that will assist you not only in your ministry now, but in life, in ministry and in the Church well beyond these four years.

The Study Center Fellows Program consists of: 1) biblical and theological education, 2) conversation over home-cooked meals, 3) a Spring Break trip to Israel, and 4) 1-on-1 mentorship, office hours and advising.

Fellows meet every other Tuesday evening during the fall and spring semesters. Following a family-style meal prepared by local Study Center volunteers, there is a time of teaching (by Study Center staff and visiting seminary professors) and reading review. Fellows then split up into their cohorts — set groups of up to 12 — for further discussion.

Application will close Sunday, Sept. 8th

Program Priorities

  1. Biblical and Theological Education

  2. Meals and Community

  3. One-on-One Mentoring and Weekly Office Hours

  4. A Spring Break Trip to Israel

1. Biblical and theological education

“The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.”
– St. Augustine of Hippo

Fellows take courses together (Year 1: Scripture 101: The Good Story, Year 2: Theology 101: Thinking and Living Theologically) which are led by staff and visiting seminary professors.  These courses are the core of the Fellows Program and are patterned after ‘Intro to Bible’ and ‘Intro to Theology’ courses, respectively, at a Christian college or seminary.

Year 1 provides deep immersion in Scripture as we trace the arc of the biblical story from creation in Genesis to new creation in Revelation, focusing on the different books, genres and motifs that comprise the Bible.  We will consider how all parts of Scripture are connected to one another in the unfolding of God’s purposes and we will explore how our own respective purpose in life is found in God’s larger plans for the world.  As we seek to understand God’s story and our specific place in it, we’ll give special attention to what this means for how we live now as college students. The assigned book for Year 1 Fellows is The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story by Dr. Craig Bartholomew and Dr. Craig Goheen.

Year 2 builds on year 1 by introducing students to the core doctrines of the Christian faith, explored through assigned readings, short times of teaching and extended group discussion. Topics that we will cover include: revelation, scripture, the Trinity, creation, providence, the imago dei, Christology (the person, nature and work of Christ), soteriology (the doctrine of salvation), the Holy Spirit, the Church and eschatology (‘final things’). The assigned book for Year 2 Fellows is Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically by Dr. Beth Felker Jones.

Both of these books come highly recommended and are widely used in introductory Bible and theology courses at Christian colleges and seminaries.

2. Meals and community

“Through our daily meals He is calling us to rejoice, to keep holiday in the midst of our working day.”
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community

In the New Testament, sharing table fellowship is established as foundational to the common life of Christians. In that spirit, Fellows enjoy a home cooked meal at every Tuesday gathering. These meals are a set aside time in your week for intentional conversation with friends from different church and ministry backgrounds on topics that matter: life, faith, culture, the joys and challenges of college, etc.

3. One-on-one mentoring and Weekly Office Hours

“The hope is to equip people to distinctively work for God’s glory in whatever context God has called us to… I think God wants us out there because he has a picture of what our society could be and should be that is so much more glorious than what we experience on a day to day basis.”
– Katharine Leary Alsdorf, Co-Author of the book Every Good Endeavor with Tim Keller

Each Fellow is offered the opportunity to be paired with a one-on-one mentor: either a staff member or a trusted local friend of the Study Center. Mentors serve as a resource for you: a wise friend to process college with, to bounce ideas off of, to connect you with people in your field, and to help you discern what God might be calling you to in terms of a future vocation. Fellows are encouraged to meet at least twice each semester with their mentor.

In addition, the leaders of the Fellows program (Matt Hoehn, Bill Boyd, MaryRachel Bulkeley, Andrew Borror) will host weekly office hours and would love to spend time with you! Office hours can be a time to get to know the staff better, to discuss the readings more in-depth or to talk through questions about the Bible, theology and life.

4. Spring Break Trip to Israel

“Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God!

His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King.”
– Psalm 48: 1-2

Visiting the land where the events of the Bible took place and where Jesus of Nazareth walked is a transformative experience for any Christian. The saying is true that ‘once you visit the lands of the Bible, you will never read the Bible quite the same again.’

We’re thrilled to be able to take 40 students on a 9-day immersion trip to Israel during Spring Break of 2020! The dates of the trip are March 8-18. You will find a place on the application below where you can indicate your interest in this trip.

Value and Cost

Taking into account the meals, the visiting faculty brought in, the books gifted to each Fellow, the coordination of the Israel trip, etc. our investment in this program is significant. Thanks to the generosity of Study Center supporters, we’re very glad to be able to offer the Fellows program at no cost this year.  Space is limited so apply soon!

Students who go on the Israel trip will pay roughly $700 for the trip (including airfare, travel, lodging and accommodations): a generously subsidized cost. If this is still cost-prohibitive, please still apply and email matt@ncstudycenter.org to talk further.


Our goal is for the Fellows Program to grow into a substantial, multi-year curriculum + community that forms students into the image of Christ, equipping them for all facets of life and ministry.

Application Details

The Application for Fall 2019 is now closed.

To apply for the Fellows Program, you must:

  • Be a UNC student (undergraduate or graduate) in any major or department, during the 2019-20 academic year.

  • Be teachable and committed to the process of pursuing maturity in Christ.

  • Be committed to fully participate in all Fellows events each semester, including: regular (every other week) gatherings on Tuesday evenings and occasional other Fellows service and/or social events.

  • You are NOT required to go on the Israel trip in order to participate in Fellows. In other words, you can still participate in Fellows even if you have other Spring Break plans. However, once you’ve indicated you are going and have claimed a spot, you must follow through and honor your commitment.

If you have questions or want to discuss the fellows program further,
please contact Matt Hoehn at matt@ncstudycenter.org or (704) 488-6749.