The Scott M. Gibson Emerging Scholars Grant

Scott M. Gibson Emerging Scholars Grant

From its founding in 1997, the Evangelical Homiletics Society has been committed to cultivating rising scholars in the field of homiletics. The Emerging Scholars Grant is a means for the Society to assist and encourage developing scholars fund their education. Awardees of this grant represent the best in current graduate educational scholarship in homiletics.  A informational flyer in pdf format can be downloaded here.


  • This scholarship is open to all members of EHS enrolled at the PhD level of graduate study;
  • The submission must focus on research regarding a relevant issue in homiletics;
  • The length of the research will be 15,000 – 20,000 words, follow the current JEHS style guide for articles;
  • The submission must be an original piece of writing, which is coherent in its own right, and does not depend on knowledge of a wider thesis; 
  • The target readers are evangelical professors of homiletics;
  • A note from an instructor/program director/dean declaring that s/he has read the student’s work and recommends it for submission must be included with the submission; 
  • The student must submit the research at by the stated deadline of 31 July;
  • photo-1437751068958-82e6fccc9360A jury of EHS members will use a pre-approved rubric to evaluate the essay “blindly” based on relevance to the teaching of biblical preaching and the EHS confessional statement, and determine a recipient;
  • The Board will notify the students of the decisions prior to the EHS annual conference;
  • Recipient will be recognized at the annual EHS conference, may be given an option of presenting the research during the EHS annual conference and possibly published in a future issue of the JEHS;
  • Cash scholarship of first place = $2,000, plus registration fees and meals to attend the EHS conference

Past Winners

2022 – Patricia Batten, “Toward a Homiletic of Belonging: Evangelical Preaching & the Transformation of People with Intellectual Disability”
2021 – Jeremy McClung, “In View of God’s Mercy: Evoking and Invoking Gratitude In Preaching”
2019 – Dongjin Park, “Martyn Lloyd-Jones, the Sealing of the Spirit, and its Homiletical Implications”
2018 – Joshua Peeler, “A Stylistic Analysis of African American Cultural Distinctions in the Preaching of Robert Smith, Jr.”
2017 – Alex Kato, “The Theology behind the Books We Choose”
2016 – Nathan Wright, “The Viceregal Homiletic”