Graduate Prize in Public Theological Education


Prize description

The TheoEd Talks Graduate Prize in Public Theological Education is awarded annually to the graduate student (PhD or Masters) in any field of Religious or Theological Studies who demonstrates the ability to make transformative ideas in theological education accessible, engaging, and relevant for a public audience. Applicants must submit a video recoding of a 10 minute, TED-style talk on a topic related to the Bible, theology, ethics, spirituality, or Christian traditions. The talk should reflect excellence and creativity in scholarship and presentation. The winner will receive a $5000 cash prize and a speaking slot in a 2020 TheoEd Talks event (expenses paid). Second and third place winners will receive a $1000 and $500 cash prize, respectively, and their work will be featured on

Eligibility requirements and submission guidelines:

  • The author must be a masters (MDiv, MATS, ThM, etc.) or doctoral (PhD, ThD, etc.) student in any field of Religious or Theological Studies. This includes New Testament, Old Testament / Hebrew Bible, Ethics, Homiletics, Practical Theology, Church History, etc.

  • The submission must consist of an original, unpublished 10-minute video.

  • The talk should be highly polished, dynamic, not aided by notes, and make no (or minimal) use of slides. See for sample talks

  • The video should be in MP4 format


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