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Partnership Between the Circle and Yale Divinity School

The Circle entered into partnership with the Yale Divinity School (hereafter YDS) in the USA to work in solidarity to examine the intersection of gender, faith, poverty and AIDS. The YDS is also working in partnership with USAID and CIRA on this project. This partnership involves:

  1. continued research for funding in the struggle against HIV/AIDS;
  2. invitations to African women theologians to become Yale Research Fellows who will be funded for four month of training and research through the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (CIRA).

Fulata Moyo from Malawi, Vaudi Vibila from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sylvia Amisi from Kenya were the first beneficiaries of this partnership. They spent four months at Yale Divinity School in the USA.

Letty M. Russell, Professor Emerita of Theology at Yale Divinity School had this to say about our three sisters: 'We are delighted that our three research fellows have completed their project proposals and are returning home' The women were so successful that the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS [CIRA] has proposed that we have two Research Affiliates at CIRA and the Divinity School at Yale for 8 months, beginning next fall. This is a great opportunity for two theologians who would like to do a year of post doctoral work with their expenses paid.'

The Post Graduate Programme in


In the School of Theology,
University of Natal,
Full-time and residential

This programme is designed for Ministers and Lay workers who are interested in developing their knowledge of and skills in the Church's engagement in gender issues.

  • This is a two-year Masters programme (incorporating Honours) for students with a relevant undergraduate degree (BTh, BSocSci, or BA) or a Joint Board Diploma in Theology (a bridging course is offered).


  • For BTh Honours (Gender and Theology) (one year)
    You will choose five of the following topics: African Women's Theologies (core); Feminist/Womanist Hermeneutics (core); Gender Studies: Theory; Sociology: Rural Studies, Gender and Development; Issues of Masculinity and Gender; Mini dissertation/Research (core).
  • For MTh (Gender and Theology) (one year)
    You will choose three of the following topics: Gender, Tradition and the Church in Africa (core), Theology of Medieval Women Mystics; Gender Studies: Feminism & Foucault; Sociology: Rural Studies, Gender and Development and Thesis (core).
  • For PhD (Gender and Theology) (Four years)
    MTh (in Gender and Theology or its equivalent) is the prerequisite.

Whilst the University has not yet finalized degree costs for next year, the cost of the entire two-year Masters degree in 2003/4 will be approximately R18,000. A number of bursaries and scholarships are available.

For more information contact:
Prof Isabel Apawo Phiri, School of Theology, University of Natal, Pvt. Bag X01, Scottsville, 3209; Tel (033) 260 6132; Fax (033) 260 5858;

Come and be part of a vibrant academic community that is on the cutting age of Contextual Theology!

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