Two Princeton Theological Seminary students—Blake Jurgens (M.Div., 2013) and Cambria Kaltwasser (Ph.D., 2015)—are the recipients of Fulbright Scholarships for the 2013–2014 academic year. The Fulbright Program, which was established in 1946, is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. 

blake jurgensJurgens will begin his Fulbright year in the fall of 2013 in Munich, Germany. At Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, he will focus his research on the re-assessment of the role of dualism in the Dead Sea Scrolls. “I'm interested in reinterpreting dualistic thought in the Dead Sea Scrolls through sapiential literature—both outside the Qumran corpus as well as within the corpus,” he says.

In August 2013, Kaltwasser will enroll in an intensive German language course in preparation for her Fulbright year, which will begin in September. She will live in Tübingen, Germany, where she will study at the University of Tübingen, under the direction of Professor Christoph Schwöbel. Her research will explore Karl Barth’s account of finite human freedom as responsibility within covenant with God and others. She will also have the opportunity to conduct research at the Karl Barth Archives in Basel, Switzerland. 

When Kaltwasser found out she had won she said she felt “thrilled, and enormously grateful for this opportunity that would not be possible without the ongoing support of the professors and advisors who have guided me.” Jurgens agrees and says he was elated to be offered such a prestigious award. “The priceless advice from the Seminary’s Fulbright Committee is one of the reasons such a high volume of Fulbright Scholars have passed through this seminary,” says Jurgens.  

Having earned her M.Div. degree in 2010 (at PTS) and now in the midst of the Ph.D. program, Kaltwasser says, “I have learned so many important lessons here. Much of what I've learned can be captured under the headings of ‘courage and generosity.’”   

cambria kaltwasserAfter completing her Fulbright year, Kaltwasser will return to the Seminary to finish the Ph.D. program and complete her dissertation. Ultimately, she hopes to be a professor of theology at an academic institution, where she can live out her commitment to both the church and the academy. She is also a candidate for teaching elder in the PCUSA. Following his Fulbright year, Jurgens hopes to enroll in a doctoral program and focus on the study of Second Temple Judaism and the New Testament.  

Princeton Seminary’s George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature James Charlesworth, chairman of the Fulbright Program at PTS since 1987 said, “I deeply appreciate my colleagues at Princeton Seminary who work with me for twelve months each year. Together, we nurture gifted M.Div. and Ph.D. students and help them connect with the luminaries in Germany, Israel, Great Britain, and elsewhere. “ 

In 2011, Princeton Theological Seminary was voted an Elite Fulbright Institution, which means the Seminary is honored for successively developing students for Fulbright Fellowships. For the students, being deemed a Fulbright scholar is an honor. Some of the leading professors in the United States and abroad earned a Fulbright Scholarship or Fulbright Fellowship when they were students at PTS. 

“As we celebrate this achievement of Blake and Cambria, I also congratulate their teachers in biblical studies and theology on preparing them so well. To this year's PTS Fulbright Committee of Professors James Charlesworth, Kenneth Appold, and Bruce McCormack the Seminary salutes you with grateful thanks,” said James Kay, dean of academic affairs.