Established in 2013, the Rivendell Student Fellowship (RSF) is the Rivendell Institute’s flagship mentoring and discipleship program for graduate students at Yale University, which seeks to assist in the fulfillment of the Rivendell Institute’s stated mission “to examine and advance the contribution of a Christian vision of life to human flourishing and the common good within the academy and society.” The Fellowship is a yearlong, highly selective (10-12 student per year) program that equips graduate and professional students to integrate the fullness of their Christian faith with their various academic and professional callings. This goal is accomplished through a yearlong program of individual and group mentorship, as well as biweekly seminars developing the theme of integration and applying it to the academic disciplines represented by the current student fellows. In addition to this material, students will demonstrate their proficiency with the themes of integration by producing an integration project (a white paper, piece of art, essay, etc.) that seeks to illuminate a pressing question in their fields through the categories and content provided in the RSF program, or demonstrating where those resources are currently insufficient and in need of further development. The goal of this program is to equip Yale graduate and professional students to exercise their influence for the sake of Christ in their various cultural spheres.

Jon & Anita Hinkson

Rivendell Institute
291 Edwards St.
New Haven, CT 06511


The life of the disciple is ordered and animated by the call of Jesus Christ and his Gospel. How does a life in answer to that call flesh itself out within the academy and beyond in various spheres of endeavor? The Rivendell Student Fellows program sets itself to explore this vital question with a select team of thinking activists proven to be dedicated to gospel mission. This initiative, through means of biblical engagement, rigorous discussion and invited conversation partners aims to both clarify the nature of faithful missional presence and animate its varied expression especially in the academy. As camaraderie and continuity within the fellowship is critical for the full fruitfulness of the project each participant must commit to attend all scheduled gatherings. Fellows, over the course of the year, will develop a short integration project exploring the bearing of their Christian faith upon their discipline.

Student Fellows


Fireside Gatherings, At Table Colloquia & Retreats
There will be a series of 90 minute Thursday evening studies/discussions and a dinner colloquium each semester. The colloquia will feature guest presenters who exemplify the integration of their Christian faith with their vocation. These studies and colloquia will be supplemented by two Saturday morning theological reasoning modules which provide student fellows with an introduction to Christian theology with an eye to thinking theologically about their intended vocations. In addition, there will an overnight kick-off retreat to get acquainted, and a final weekend retreat on a Vermont farm. These required meeting times are as follows:

September 2nd-3rd – Opening retreat
September 8th
September 22nd
September 24th (9am-12pm) – Theology Module #1
October 6th
October 13th
November 3rd
November 17th
December 1st

January 19th
January 28th (9am-12pm) – Theology Module #2
February 2nd
February 16th
March 2nd
March 9th
March 30th
April 6th
April 13th

April 21st-23rd – Closing retreat in Vermont

In addition to ongoing peer mentoring, Student Fellows will have the opportunity to meet with a Senior Fellow for encouragement, counsel and prayer once monthly or as agreed. Student Fellows will also be encouraged to enter into mentoring relationships themselves as opportunity presents.


Sunday Suppers
Various Sundays during the academic term, student fellows and alumni fellows will be invited to 49 Goodrich St. for a meal, conversation, song, music, or retirement and rest. Bring your instruments.

Sunday Brunch

How to Apply
The application period for the Rivendell Student Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year has now passed. Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will be posted here during the early summer of 2017.