Being African and Female

It is calculated that about one third of all evangelical Christians live on the African continent. Africa therefore has an important place and voice in global Christianity. Traditionally, it has mostly been men who represent the continent in regional and global conversations and gatherings, including in theology. This is in sharp contrast to almost every gathering of ordinary Christians on the continent, where women usually form the majority and often play a significant role.

SATS is pleased to announce the PhD scholarship for African women. While seeking to invest in the theological formation of one successful applicant, SATS hopes to spread the message that its online learning model opens new possibilities for women to pursue theological studies at all levels—from certificate to PhD.

Who can apply?

To apply, you must meet the following criteria:

  • African and female
  • Hold an accredited research master’s degree, preferably in theology
  • If your master’s degree is not in theology, you need to have completed some credits in theological studies.
  • Hold a significant position in your local church or community

What should be the topic or focus of your doctoral research?

SATS does not prescribe or limit the topic of your doctoral research. You may want to have a look at the following list of SATS’ research priorities (not exhaustive, in alphabetical order):

  • Abuse of Power
  • African Christology
  • Biblical studies
  • Christ and the Spiritual Powers
  • Christian Response to Terrorism
  • Complementarianism / Egalitarianism
  • Womanism
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Church Health
  • Ecological Crisis
  • Forgiveness and Peace Making
  • God and Social / Political / Economic Transformation
  • God and the Spirit World
  • Rape / Gender-based Violence
  • Reconciliation
  • Social/Economic Disparity
  • Spiritual Authority
  • Violence
  • Children
  • Youth
  • Disability
  • Family Life

What is the process SATS will follow with this scholarship?

The process starts with this general advertising of the scholarship. The due date for applications is 28 August 2020. Thereafter, a panel of SATS academics will read through all applications and draw up a short list of the three most promising candidates. They will submit a recommendation to SATS’ Senior Management Team for approval. Next, SATS will engage with the chosen candidate to clarify the final details and conditions of the scholarship. The chosen candidate will be announced by 13 September 2020. Finally, arrangements will be made for the candidate to formally commence her PhD studies.

How do I apply?

Write an essay and email it to Marilyn Schott, the SATS PhD registrar, at The essay must include the following:

  • Preliminary title (10-25 words)
  • An Abstract (200-300 words)
  • A short explanation of the uniqueness of your proposed research (50-100 words)
  • A short description of the potential significance of your proposed research (100-200 words)
  • Tell us why you think you should be awarded the PhD scholarship (100-200 words)

For further information

Please contact Marilyn Schott (

Doctor of Philosophy in Theology

Our PhD is designed to raise up scholar-leaders in various fields of Christian ministry. It is a fully-accredited online programme that provides the opportunity for ground-breaking theological research.

The PhD is a research degree that culminates in an original dissertation of 80,000–100,000 words. The learning journey is divided into five phases.