PathWays Fellows Application Form


Application guidelines

 The application should be submitted in one package containing the application form and all supporting documents in the order listed below.

  1. Do not staple any of the pages or supporting documents.
  2. Each applicant is responsible for ensuring completion of the application and receipt by the deadline.
  3. If printing the application from an electronic version, please take care to change the format.
  4. Please begin the application process by filling in the Applicant Information form at the bottom of this page.
  5. Completed applications should be sent via email or paper mail:

Rev. Breana van Velzen
Duke Chapel
Box 90974
401 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708


Application includes:

 □ Application information

  □ Resume

  □ Four-page essay (double-spaced, 12pt font)

  □ Two letters of recommendation

  □ Official transcripts from all undergraduate schools attended


Applicants must be no older than 26 years of age on September 1, 2020.


Applicants must be U.S. citizens and permanent residents; current undergraduate international students will be considered on a case by case basis.


A professional resume is required.  Please highlight leadership and involvement in the church, in your community, cross-cultural study or experiences, academic or other honors and distinctive experiences, skills, or interests.

Essay Questions

(a maximum of four pages, double spaced, 12 pt. font)

Each applicant must write an essay discussing:

  1. Why you want to become a Chapel PathWays Fellow?
  2. What do you hope to learn from this experience?
  3. What will you bring to the community? (For example)

a. Your personality

b. Your understanding of and experience with intentional community living

            c. Your experience of individual and corporate prayer

d. How you handle conflict and stressful situations with people. Please give specific examples.

f. Your experience/comfort with cultural, racial, and religious difference

 4. Considering the Household Covenant, what aspects of the covenant excite you and what aspects do you resist?

Academic status

Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke.  Graduating seniors are eligible to apply.  Copies of official transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted in envelopes signed and sealed by the college or university registrar. Photo copies of transcripts or grade reports are not acceptable.

Letters of recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required.  The letter should be written by a person who has observed the applicant in a service, work, or classroom setting and is able to assess the applicant’s gifts and aptitudes for living and working in intentional Christian community.  Letters from relatives or family members are not acceptable.  The letter should be enclosed in a sealed and signed envelope or emailed directly to Rev. Breana van Velzen in PDF form.

Terms of the Chapel PathWays Fellowship

Fellows are required to move in and participate in all orientation activities beginning Friday, July 3, 2020. Fellows are in residence through Saturday, June 26, 2021.

Stipend and benefits

PathWays Fellows receive:

  • A pretax (gross) stipend of $12,000.
  • Free housing and utilities
  • Audit one Duke Divinity course per semester; textbook allowance
  • Devotional materials and resources
  • Monthly dinners; one contemplative retreat.

Fellows are responsible for securing health insurance to cover the term of the program.

Notification date

Notification of Fellowship awards will be sent by March 27, 2020.

Applicant Information Form

Educational Information

Church Information (if available); not used as a factor for admission

Service and Leadership Information (Please list all experiences on campus, within a congregation, non-profit organization, or other ministry setting:)

Other Helpful Information

Emergency Contact Information

Program Requirements:

All Fellows are expected to arrive to their placement site at the time established by the individual directors, ready to participate fully in all aspects of the program. All Fellows should be physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually prepared for their fellowship year.

I have read the above paragraph and agree to the program requirements. I affirm that the information I have provided on this application (including all attachments) is true and correct.

Current Fellows Placements:
Center for Global Women's Health Technologies
Community Empowerment Fund
Duke Community and Family Medicine
Durham Habitat for Humanity
World Relief Durham

Past placements have included:

• Duke Connected Care
• StoryDriven
• El Futuro
• StepUp Durham
• Carolina Friends School
• Good Work
• Genesis Home
• World Relief
• Religious Coalition for a Non Violent Durham
• St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
• Northgate Presbyterian Church, Alliance of AIDS NC
• Central Park Inc.
• Institute for Care at the End of Life
• Pregnancy Support Services
• Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South
• Urban Ministries of Raleigh
• St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Raleigh
• Self Knowledge Symposium
• Forest View Elementary School
• First Calvary Baptist Church
• Duke HomeCare and Hospice
• Duke Community Affairs
• Community Empowerment Fund
• Durham Crisis Response Center

Other Partner Organizations (potential placements) include:

• Partners in Caring
• A Helping Hand
• Catholic Charities
• Reconciliation United Methodist Church
• Urban Ministries of Durham
• National Farm Worker Ministry
• Duke Chapel Congregation
• Duke Chapel Music
• Urban Hope

To help us match your interests with community needs, please rate your top 3 service areas listed below. Please note that not every opportunity listed below is available every year, and other possibilities might arise.


To the Applicant:
You will need to make a copy of this page for each person providing a recommendation. Please fill out this form and give it to those persons providing letters of recommendation for you. They may mail their recommendation letters directly to Duke Chapel, or return their letters in sealed envelopes for you to mail with your completed application. Please allow your recommenders time to get their letters to us before our deadlines.

The Educational Rights and Privacy Act allows an applicant to waive his or her rights to access confidential letters or statements written on his or her behalf if the recommendation is used solely for purposes of admission or financial aid. Duke Chapel does not require you to sign a waiver as a condition of being considered for a Fellowship. You are free to maintain your right to access this recommendation or waive that right.

To the Person Providing the Recommendation:
The person whose name appears above is applying for a Fellowship from Duke University Chapel. We are interested in knowing about this person’s capabilities as demonstrated in a role of service to the wider community, with particular focus on his or her faith, theological curiosity, perseverance, passion, and love. Please limit your response to one typed page. Thank you.

Please place the applicant’s name and your name at the top of each page of your letter.
Please return these materials to the applicant in a sealed and signed envelope.

Recommendation Instructions:

Please provide two (2) letters of recommendation and list who will provide these letters.

Recommendation letters may be mailed directly to Duke Chapel or returned to the applicant in sealed envelope for the applicant to mail with the completed application. Please allow your recommenders time to get their letters to us before our deadlines. Recommendations may be mailed to: Duke Chapel, Fellows Program, Box 90974, Durham, NC 27708.