Chapel Scholars Application Form

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, portions of this year’s Chapel Scholars programming will be unavailable.

Chapel Scholars are undergraduates who intentionally engage in Chapel-based programming that nurtures the intellectual, ethical, and spiritual life of students. Scholars are selected through an application and interview process that asks them to reflect on their faith and sense of place in the world. Applications are now being accepted for this year’s class of Chapel Scholars. The deadline to apply is October 5, 2020.

Application Process

Upon submission of the Chapel Scholars application, a Chapel minister will contact the applicant and schedule an interview. If accepted, the applicant moves to the intake process. We expect the new Scholar to attend a virtual Chapel Scholars welcome gathering on Wednesday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m. On that evening, we will record a commissioning for the Sunday morning service at Duke Chapel at 11:00 a.m. that following Sunday, October 25. Failure to do so, short of an unplanned emergency, may result in a deferred admittance.

First-Year Expectations

All incoming Chapel Scholars will be placed in a cohort. In the first year of Chapel Scholars, members of each cohort will be expected to:

  • Participate in all Beloved Community events.
  • Attend the once-a-month Framing Your Faith sessions.
  • Participate in the worship life of the Chapel throughout the first year.

Meeting these expectations will make students eligible to receive Chapel Scholar grants within their first year. Grants are in the amount of up to $750 for mission trips, conferences, service projects, and other pre-approved programs. Because of Covid-19 restrictions, grants may not be available for the 2020–21 academic year.


Chapel Scholar Application

General Information

Essay Questions

Answer two of the three questions below. Answers should be between 250 and 500 words per question. (Since you cannot save this application online, you may want to write your answers in a separate program, then cut/paste them into this form.)

  1. Duke Chapel is committed to bridging faith and learning. What do you think it means to bridge these two practices, and how have you discovered God in both faith and learning?
  2. What are your expectations of Chapel Scholars during your time as a student? How do you anticipate this program aiding you after graduation?
  3. At your current stage of early adulthood, how do you understand your personal faith in a community of believers? What does it mean to be ecumenical amongst a diversity of Christian beliefs?

Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 5, 2020.
Questions? Email the Rev. Bruce Puckett at