The Fellows Initiative

The Fellows Initiative (TFI) is a coalition of more than 20 church-based Fellows programs aimed to equip the rising generation of Christian leaders with a holistic understanding of faith that transforms culture. TFI is an umbrella organization that serves the regional Fellows Programs where bright, hard-working college graduates are placed in 3-4 day workplace internships. Fellows meet for graduate level academic courses one day a week and are mentored by professionals in their area of vocational calling. Additionally, Fellows engage in community and church service activities.

Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) is one of several academic institutions partnering with TFI to recognize the graduate level academic courses delivered in the Fellows Programs.

RTS has current partnerships with the following Fellows Programs:

Asheville Fellows
Border Fellows
Capital Fellows
Charlotte Fellows
Falls Church Fellows
Orlando Fellows
Piedmont Fellows
Trinity Fellows

As part of the agreement with these particular Fellows Programs, RTS will grant up to 12 advanced standing credits of graduate level courses upon completion of the program. To receive this advanced standing, the Fellow must apply and matriculate into one of RTS’ degree programs. These credits will apply at any RTS campus and to most RTS degree programs (these credits do not apply to the MAC, MACC and MAMFTC degree programs).

Upon the completion of the Fellows year, the Fellow will receive an official letter from RTS declaring successful completion of the program. It will also contain instructions on how to apply these credits to a degree at RTS.

To apply to RTS, click here.

Financial assistance is also given to our Fellows Alumni.* Fellows from partnering programs will receive a scholarship covering 33% of their tuition at any RTS campus for a period of up to 5 years from the date of completion of their Fellows Program.


*If you are a Fellows Alumni from one of our partnering Programs (listed above) and you would like to apply for financial aid, please apply here. On the financial aid application, simply select “Need-Based Scholarship” as the award type for which you are applying. You do not need to include financial information, as this scholarship is not based on need. Put a “0” or “1” in fields that require input. Then, in the explanation field, please note that you completed the Fellows program, indicating which one.

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