International students

Schiotz Fellowship

The Schiotz International Fellowship/Professorship at Luther Seminary was inaugurated in the Spring of 2005, thanks to funding provided by the Schiotz Endowment. It provides an opportunity for a scholar to spend five to nine months at Luther Seminary for research, writing, teaching and interacting with Luther Seminary faculty and students. It provides one means by which the witness of the global church may be heard and engaged at the largest of the theological institutions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Previous Schiotz visiting professors

2012: Rev. Dr. Falres Ilomo

Rev. Dr. Falres Ilomo

Rev. Dr. Falres Ilomo came from Tumaini University - Iringa University College in Iringa, Tanzania (Spring 2012). Read the Luther Seminary E-lert article about Dr. Ilomo.

"The Legacy of Missionary Teaching in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania Today"

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Dr. Nalini Arles from United Theological College in Bangalore, India (Spring 2009)


Rev. Dr. Samuel Ngun Ling from the Myanmar Institute of Theology in Yangon, Myanmar (Fall 2008)


Rev. Dr. J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu from Trinity Theological Seminary in Legon, Accra, Ghana (Spring 2007)


Dr. Monica Melanchthon from Gurukul Lutheran Theological College & Research Institute in Chennai, India (short-term in Fall 2006)


Rev. Dr. Richard Lubawa from Tumaini University - Iringa University College in Iringa, Tanzania (Spring 2005)


The fellowship/professorship will be available for teachers of Christian theology and ministry from Asia, Africa or Latin America interested in spending a period of five to nine months at Luther Seminary in research and teaching with a missional and confessional articulation of theology and ministry. Emerging scholars (particularly women) from recognized partner institutions of Luther Seminary are especially encouraged to apply.

Qualifications and the application process

A doctorate (Ph.D. or equivalent) is required. The application should include a vita with complete contact information; a list of publications and/or a sample of writing; and letters of recommendation as outlined on the application form. Also needed is an account of teaching experience and suggestions as to what the applicant will teach and research during her/his time at Luther Seminary (up to seven pages). Written and oral proficiency in English is necessary; the application process may include a telephone interview. Scholars in any of the major disciplines of theological study are invited to apply.

Duties while at Luther Seminary

Teaching duties will be negotiated, but may involve required or elective courses (normally 1-2 full courses; more could be agreed upon), plus a faculty seminar and a public lecture. The person selected will serve in the History/Theology division.

Luther Seminary offers free housing for the individual scholar and a monthly stipend of U.S. $2,500.

Time period

The length of the fellowship/professorship is five to nine months (so as to allow time for research and for preparing courses). This period of time must include the whole of the Spring Semester, February-May. The fellowship is non-renewable.

Application deadline

The Schiotz Fellowship/Professorship is not currently available. Please email if you would like to be notified when the application period opens.

For scholars interested in other options for spending self-funded sabbatical and/or study time at Luther Seminary, please contact the Academic Dean's office at