Polycarp Fellows are chosen from those enrolled in the distance learning Ph.D. programs at Cliff College/University of Manchester, University of Durham or at the University of South Africa. In this program students follow the British doctoral tradition and write a full-scale Ph.D. thesis under supervision with a final external, independent examination.
The Polycarp fellows will meet once a year for an intensive one week experience. The work will proceed along three tracks. One track will concentrate on the review of crucial literature in the field of missiology and evangelism and on conversation with scholars in missiology and evangelism. A second track will involve the presentation of lectures by Visiting Fellows. The third track will focus on presentation of material related to the specific topic to be covered by each fellow. Relevant reading will be specified in advance and suitable responsibilities will be worked out for oral presentation and group leadership.
The Intellectual Aims for Polycarp Fellows
- To initiate the fellows thoroughly and comprehensively into the field of evangelism.
- To equip the fellows to be independent scholars and researchers in evangelism.
- To enable the fellows to make an original contribution to scholarship in evangelism.
- To prepare and equip the fellows to make a substantial contribution both to evangelistic practice and to the renewal of evangelism in the contemporary church.
- To equip the fellows to be teachers of evangelism at the university and seminary levels.