Orr Fellowship FAQs

The Robert D. Orr Endowed Fellowship
General Criteria Requirements Application Application


Q: Am I a suitable applicant?

A: To receive the Orr Fellowship you need to be a full-time PhD student (excluding current Waybright Scholar, Hansen Fellows, TEDS department fellows, and program scholars) who is committed to exploring the implications of biblical and theological perspectives for engaging medicine and technology. It is not expected that Orr Fellowship recipients will direct any of their doctoral studies or dissertation toward the study of bioethics; rather, this fellowship provides an opportunity to supplement the recipient’s doctoral experience with an additional sub-specialization.

Q: What does it mean to be a full-time PhD student?

A: PhD students who are enrolled in 9 hours of course-work are considered full-time. During comprehensive exams, proposal preparation, and dissertation writing, 3 hours of coursework constitutes full-time. If you are not registered as a full-time student, you must complete a full-time status request form (visit the ADO office for more details) and confirm that you intend to dedicate at least the minimum number of required hours a week toward the advancement of your degree.

Q: What do I need to submit?

A: To apply, please submit all the documentation requested on our application page.

Q: When do I need to submit my application?

A: To apply, please submit your completed documentation by November 22.

Q: Where and in what format should I submit the application?

A: We accept either electronic or hardcopy forms of the application. If you are submitting electronically, please submit your application using our application form; if by mail, please mail it to the following address:
Attn: Orr Fellowship
The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity
Trinity International University
2065 Half Day Rd
Deerfield IL 60015

Q: What kind of work do I do as an Orr Fellow?

A: Orr Fellows will attend and help publicize CBHD research-related events. Recipients are expected to perform scholarly tasks for CBHD for an average of 5 hours per week year-round as part of the Orr Fellowship; and work an additional 5 hours per week employed as a part-time Research Analyst for CBHD for which he or she will receive additional compensation (for a total expectation of 10 hours per week for the Fellowship and staff appointment).

Q: When do I find out if I have been awarded the Orr Fellowship?

A: If you are an incoming student, you will receive an email from TEDS Admissions Department, including your acceptance letter and your scholarship and financial aid package. CBHD will communicate our decision regarding the Orr Fellowship to you by December 15.

Q: When do I receive the financial aid?

A: You will receive up to $2,500 at the beginning of each semester (August and January) if enrolled in coursework, or up to $1,250 at the beginning of each semester (August and January) if you have completed coursework. Additionally, you will receive a weekly stipend for your part-time employment as a Research Analyst with The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity [up to $5,000 annually while in coursework or $5,500 after coursework is completed], making a total of up to $10,000 Fellowship and employment compensation package (or up to $8,000 if you have completed coursework). 

Q: Can I receive my funding all at once?

A. No. Given that the compensation package is divided between the fellowship and employment, these will be dispersed on the schedule as noted in the previous question.

Q: Can I accept the Orr Fellowship without the Research Analyst position?

A. No. Given the nature of the Orr Fellowship, the Fellowship and the Research Analyst position are treated as a single opportunity. 

Q: I have a question not listed here. Who can I contact?

A: You can email The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity at research@cbhd.org or contact by phone at 847.317.8180.



Quick Facts

  1. Up to $10,000 Fellowship & Staff Compensation package
  2. CV-building experiences with a world-renowned Christian bioethics research center
  3. Ideal for PhD students looking to supplement their doctoral studies with an additional sub-specialization
  4. Recipients may apply for renewal up to 3 times
  5. Applications due Nov 22, 2019


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Have questions regarding the Fellowship? Email us at research@cbhd.org.