“OMSC feeds mind and spirit—Christian fellowship and worship combined with serious exploration of essential mission issues.”
— Dana L. Robert, Boston University School of Theology

Who Is Eligible To Apply?

OMSC@PTS welcomes applications from global partners (pastors, cross-cultural missionaries, church and mission executives, seminary, college, and university professors, administrators, and PhD candidates in the dissertation phase) from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Oceania and from every Christian tradition for a season of sustained study and spiritual renewal. All global partners should have a minimum of ten years work experience before submitting an application. The artist in residence is recruited by the Director. Assignments are for a nine-month academic year (September – May).

How & When Do I Apply?

Each academic year, OMSC@PTS accepts a limited number of global partners to participate in our Residential Study Program. Artists in Residence are recruited by the Director. For the 2022-2023 academic year, the window for applications is open from October 1 – December 31, 2021. Because of COVID-19, we had to defer the arrival of our 2021–2022 global partners until 2022–2023. As a result, we will be accepting a smaller number of applicants for the upcoming 2022–2023 academic year.


A high intermediate level of English must be confirmed in one of the following three ways:

  • Submission of a TOEFL or Duolingo English Test score.
  • Submission of signed documentation from an academic institution or certified English language school.
  • A successful interview with OMSC staff conducted in person, by video conference, or by telephone.



What Do We Offer OMSC@PTS Global Partners?

  • Full Academic Year 
    Our Residential Study Program is designed for global partners (pastors, cross-cultural missionaries, church and mission executives, seminary, college, and university professors and administrators, and PhD candidates in the dissertation phase) who commit to a full academic year in residency (September – May). All applicants must complete an online application (available below). Note: Currently, we do not offer programs for short-term residents.
  • Study Program Seminars, Lectures, and Conferences
    Our seminars, lectures, and conferences are free of charge to global partners and all current students, faculty, and staff of Princeton Theological Seminary. We welcome a limited number of external auditors to participate in our three-day seminars. Auditors pay a registration fee of $150 for each seminar and must arrange for and cover the costs of their own lodging and meals.
  • Fully Furnished Apartments
    Global partners will find everything provided when you arrive — furnishings, linens, cooking utilities, other household supplies, and free internet access. Apartments vary in size from one to three bedrooms. Telephone and television service is available at your own expense. Pets are not permitted.
  • Community Life
    We are an ecumenical community offering a unique experience in international living that is intellectually, spiritually, and vocationally enriching. Our common life is guided by our unity in Jesus Christ and partnership in the work of God’s mission. As members of the Princeton Theological Seminary community, OMSC staff, global partners, and guests agree to abide by the policies as set forth in the Seminary Handbook.
  • Scholarships for Global Partners
    To help offset some of the housing and living costs for a year of residency, we offer modest financial aid to applicants with demonstrated financial need. We do not offer any full scholarships.

Important Information


Those coming from outside the United States will need to obtain a visa. The seminary’s Office of Multicultural Affairs assists us in obtaining visas for our global partners. For further information, see: Visa Requirements for Residency.


Those who are accepted into our Residential Study Program should budget for the following expenses:


  • All fees associated with obtaining a passport and visa
  • Round-trip transportation to Princeton
  • Required medical insurance (see Medical Insurance page)
  • Emergency expenses (for items not covered by the Medical Insurance)
  • Food, clothing, and other necessities


Current monthly cost for apartments for academic year (September–May or June for those with school-aged children). 

  • 1 Bedroom: $940 per month
  • 2 Bedroom: $1,120 per month
  • 3 Bedroom: $1,305 per month

Housing costs are subject to change.

Public Schooling for Dependent Children

Children attend local public schools at no cost. However, parents should budget for some of the following expenses:

  • Backpack and school supplies, school field trips, music, dance, or athletic lessons not within the school curriculum


Some global partners may choose choose to purchase a vehicle. Those who do so should keep the following fees in mind when preparing a budget:

  • Purchase price of car, insurance and registration, cost to obtain a driver’s license, fuel, repairs, etc
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