1. What are you looking for in the Expression of Interest (EOI) application?
The EOI should be a personal account of your motivations for applying for an ADM Fellowship. In particular, we want to understand two things. First, how you think about the connections between the gospel and your own vocation/field of expertise. Second, how you see yourself, under God, using your gifts to engage a sceptical and hurting world with the good news of Jesus.
The purpose of the EOI is to give applicants an opportunity to tell us their story – laying out their personal appetite and vision for being raised up for a lifetime of Christian public engagement.
In your personal statement, you might like to address concrete questions such as:
How do you plan on engaging a sceptical and hurting world with the good news of Jesus?
How do your gifts, expertise and background provide a foundation for doing this?
What are your vocational goals? What factors have motivated you to pursue your vocation? How have you integrated your faith and vocation?
Why is the vocational path that you are on a good place for you to be a public advocate for Christianity?
Which kinds of audiences do you hope to engage in the future and how will an ADM Fellowship help you prepare for this?
Is there a particular person who inspires you as a model for Christian public engagement?
Why is an ADM Fellowship of interest to you?
You do not need to address all of these specific questions, rather they are suggested as prompts to demonstrate the kind of statement we are looking for.
2. The Fellowships are designed to promote ‘Christian public engagement’. What do you mean by that? And why is your program targeted in this way?
We believe that there has never been a more important time to invest in training Christians for public life and service. We live in a sceptical and hurting world; a culture in which many traditional (mostly, male) church and community authorities are increasingly treated warily, and a culture in which it is increasingly difficult to advocate for the Christian faith with clarity and grace. By Christian public engagement, we mean any endeavor that takes up the work of pointing people to the truth, beauty and goodness of the gospel in the public sphere. This could include Christians writing books, appearing in the media, conducting research, leading a business, creating art, holding public office, and many other things.
As a Christian women’s foundation, we think it is crucial to support and invest in raising up the next generation of Christian women and girls to use their gifts, their imaginations and their expertise to engage our culture with the good news of Jesus.
3. Does my project have to be on an explicitly Christian or theological topic?
Well, yes and no.
‘No’ in the sense that your project could be in any field. For instance, in the past, we have supported projects within the fields of reproductive health, aged care and the creative arts.
However, ‘yes’ in the sense that the applicant must have a clear vision for how completing the project would provide them with opportunities for Christian public engagement. For instance, perhaps your project will make a new contribution to a field of research which highlights biblical insights on a particular issue. Or perhaps your project will make structural changes to a sector, such that it moves closer to a Christian understanding of work, relationships, and the common good. Or perhaps completing your project will allow you to be engaged as a subject-matter expert on an important issue affecting our social life, and you have a vision for how you might do so from a Christian perspective. Or perhaps your project will do good in the world in the ways in which Christians are created in Christ Jesus to do good works.
In short, our Fellows pursue diverse projects across many different fields and sectors. But they all do so within the larger framework of developing their work for the purposes of Christian public engagement.
4. The Fellowships Program has supported a number of research and writing projects in the past. Why is that?
Research and writing projects are particularly useful for raising up women for a lifetime of Christian public engagement. Completing a research projects enables a Fellow to speak in the public sphere with the authority of expertise in her field. Completing a writing project allows a Fellow to sharpen their communication skills, putting them in a strong position to be a clear and gracious advocate for the Christian faith. Having said this, the ADM Fellowships Program supports a wide range of projects, many of which are not based around research or writing. For information about the diversity of previous projects, see our alumni biographies. We strongly encourage Christian women from a variety of backgrounds, fields and experience to apply. We also warmly encourage women in ordained or lay ministry to apply.
5. What’s a ‘focused project’? Why do I need to have a specific project to apply to be a Fellow?
ADM Fellowships support focused projects for a number of reasons. For instance, completing a defined project allows a Fellow to get ‘runs on the board’ which form the foundation for further Christian public engagement opportunities after their Fellowship. Furthermore, completing a project allows a Fellow to produce specific and valuable outputs which can be shared with their colleagues, their church, their friends, and our world. For some examples of past projects, see the list of current Fellows and their projects.
6. Can I use an ADM Fellowship to complete a thesis which is part of a higher degree program I am enrolled in, such as a PhD or Masters thesis?
This is technically permissible; however, we will give preference to candidates who have developed a focused Fellowships project and persuasive rationale for it, which is separate to the requirements of a thesis or degree program. The outputs should go beyond material examinable as part of a degree.
7. Can I use an ADM Fellowship to complete a coursework degree program?
No. Completing coursework cannot be the Fellowship project. There need to be clearly defined outputs. However, through the period of the Fellowship, you may need to engage in coursework, study, training or professional development for yourself to complete the project. To test this, we will assess whether the planned the coursework is to be pursued in service of the broader Fellowship project and outputs, public engagement and impact, and not as the endpoint.
8. Do I have to work at the office? Is there any flexibility?
Yes, and yes. As stated in the terms and conditions, ADM Fellows are expected to work at the office on their allocated workdays. However, employees at the ADM office – and the office culture as a whole – runs according to a generous flexible work policy, which means core office hours are 10am – 3pm, and those who work more than 3 days, can choose to work a day from home. While ADM Fellows are not employees of ADM, similar office habits are encouraged for Fellows. Likewise, Fellows are encouraged to take time off for holidays and also for personal and carer’s needs. There is no formal leave system, as ADM Fellows are not employed.
Further flexible work arrangements can also be requested – for example, for an artistic project that requires the use of a studio, and where the project is not best completed at the office. In such cases, Fellows would still be encouraged to come in for Fellows’ gatherings approximately once a month for two hours.
9. I am not an Anglican. Am I still able to apply?
Yes. Our Fellowships are open to all Christian women (over the age of 18) who have a personal commitment to the vision and mission of ADM and an appetite to be raised up for a lifetime of Christian public engagement. You can also read more about what we believe here.
10. Are international applicants eligible to apply?
Yes. International applicants can apply but you must be able to work in the ADM office in Sydney during the period of the Fellowship.
11. If I apply for a base level ADM Fellowship will I be competing against Senior level applicants?
No. We review applications for ADM Senior Fellowships and applications for ADM Fellowships separately. Base level applicants are not compared with Senior level applicants. As a general rule, all applications are assessed relative to opportunity, also taking into account career interruptions. Each year, we aim to award at least one base level Fellowship.
12. I’m confused. Can I speak with someone about my particular situation?
Yes! If you have any questions whatsoever about whether an ADM Fellowship is right for you, or how to approach the application, please don’t hesitate to contact our Director of Public Engagement Programs. We will also be hosting a couple of information sessions:
Monday 20 May, 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Saturday 25 May, 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Sessions will be held at the ADM: St Andrew’s House, Level 1, 464-480 Kent St, Sydney.