The Evyenios Voulgaris Scholarship Program for Advanced Studies in Orthodox Spiritual Life and Theology

The Saint Maxim the Greek Institute, with the support of the Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopaidi, is introducing the Evyenios Voulgaris Scholarship Program.

The ‘Evgenios Voulgaris’ is directed towards: Orthodox theologians (up to 37 years of age), holders of or candidates for a doctoral degree. Duration: 1 year (October 1–September 30). Program Language: Modern Greek.

Requirements: Good knowledge of Ancient Greek, Modern Greek and English; High level of theological knowledge and exceptional academic credentials; Competence in Microsoft Office and use of the Internet.

Aim and Purpose of the Program: The aim of the Evyenios Voulgaris scholarship program is to promote the systematic, high-level study of Orthodox spiritual life and theology, through liturgical and spiritual tradition and the experience of the life in Christ.

The program will be run at the Holy Monastery of Vatopaidi and the scholarship students will interact with both representatives of the monastic life and lecturers in theology.

The nucleus of the program is the study of Patristic literature, under the guidance of modern Fathers and hesychasts (Saint Silouan, Elder Sophrony, Elder Iosif the Hesychast, Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis, Saint Paisios the Athonite, Saint Porfyrios Kavsokalyvitis, Saint Justin Popovic, Saint Amfilohios Makris, Saint Iakovos Tsalikis, Elder Filotheos Zervakos, Elder Cleopa Ilie, Saint Serafim of Virytsa, Elder Tadej of Vitovnica, Fr. Seraphim Rose, and others).

The scholars will take part in the Assemblies organized by the Holy Monastery of Vatopaidi, guests at which will be outstanding figures in Church life and theology (university professors, hierarchs, abbots and spiritual fathers). Each scholar will be able to contact each of these on a one-to-one basis throughout the duration of the program.

Scholars must reside in the Monastery for six months of the year (October-November, February-March, May-June). The remaining time will be spent on writing the final dissertation which they will submit.

At the start of the program, non-Greek scholars will be offered lessons in Modern Greek. These will be taught by specialists in the field of teaching Modern Greek to foreigners.

The program will also offer scholars lessons to improve their knowledge of Ancient Greek. These will be taught by specialists and will involve study of Biblical, liturgical and Patristic texts.

The Maxim the Greek Institute will award a Diploma to those scholarship holders who successfully complete the program. This Diploma is not an academic degree.

The scholarship is for one year and offers: a bursary of 800 euros a month, full board and lodging at the Holy Monastery of Vatopaidi in single rooms, with special study spaces (teaching rooms, library, internet access), and participation in the liturgical and spiritual life of the Monastery (services, refectory, assemblies and so on).

For further information concerning the program, please send an e-mail to [email protected], or telephone 210-6141171 (10 AM-5 PM).

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