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Flechtheim Scholarship Invitation Letter to Students

Dear Students,

This is an invitation to apply for the annual Flechtheim Scholarship designed to encourage study of the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945). 

Bonhoeffer was executed by the Nazis about 3 weeks before the end of the Second World War, his crime being his resistance of the Nazi regime, virtually from its beginnings. Much of his theology can only be understood against the background of his resistance, especially his so-called ‘Prison Theology’ written during the last year or so of his time in a Nazi prison. This theology has gone on to become symbolic of the kind of theology that represents opposition to tyranny, establishment complacency or religion that sides with the powerful against the powerless. You can read a little more about him and his work here: Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Godfather of Interfaith Theology? and also at The Bonhoeffer Center.

The purpose of the scholarship, established by a donor with direct connections to Bonhoeffer through his great grandfather, is to encourage ongoing interest in and study of Bonhoeffer’s important work. It has succeeded in doing that, in some cases through past scholarship holders moving on to further studies and writing. I was a Flechtehim scholar and wrote my PhD on Bonhoeffer.

The scholarship is worth $1500 and the only two requirements are:

  1. It be accompanied by a short paper (1500-2000 words) that shows understanding of an aspect of Bonhoeffer’s theology and, ideally, an element of applying it to a contemporary event;
  2. That the scholarship holder be prepared to share the paper at the 15th Annual Australian Bonhoeffer Conference. The scholarship holder’s registration will be covered.

The deadline for applications is 26 April 2019. Depending on the course(s) you are doing, you might consider using some of your course content as an element of the paper.

If you need further information, please feel free to contact me directly at drayson@bbi.catholic.edu.au or Cheryl Martin at cmartin@bbi.catholic.edu.au.

Please click here for further details about the scholarship and application process.


Dr Di Rayson
Flechtheim Scholar
Convenor, Australian Bonhoeffer Conference
Board Member, International Bonhoeffer Society - English Language Section


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