“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


  • Full Academic Year & Short Term Options

    Full Year: OMSC’s Residential Study Program is designed for global leaders and research scholars who are able commit to a full academic year in residency. All applicants must complete an online application between October 1 and December 31. The application is linked from the bottom of this page.

    Short Term: To accommodate those unable to get away for an entire academic year, OMSC welcomes a limited number of short term program participants. Those interested in a short term residency should write directly to apply@omsc.org.

  • Study Program Seminars and Lectures

    OMSC-sponsored seminars and lectures are designed around the specific interests of our global leaders and research scholars. These seminars and lectures are free of charge to current full year and short term participants in our Residential Study Program and to all current students and faculty of Princeton Theological Seminary.

    Auditors: We also welcome a limited number of external auditors to participate in our seminars. The registration fee for each seminar is $150, with nonrefundable payment due in advance. Auditors must also cover the costs of their lodging and meals.

  • Fully Furnished Apartments
    When you arrive as a full year participant, you will find everything is provided — 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
    OMSC is 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 part of the Princeton Theological Seminary community, OMSC and its personnel, scholars, and guests agree to abide by the policies as set forth in the Seminary Handbook.

  • Scholarships for Global Leaders & Fellowships for Research Scholars

    To help offset some of the costs for a year of residency, OMSC offers modest financial aid to global leaders and research scholars with demonstrated financial need.

    Please Note: OMSC does not offer financial aid to short term program participants.



Those coming from outside the United States will need to obtain travel visas. 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 OMSC

  • 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 year-long residents (subject to change)

  • 1 Bedroom: $925 per month

  • 2 Bedroom: $1,100 per month

  • 3 Bedroom: $1,280 per month


There is no tuition for children who attend local public schools. 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 residents 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

How DO I ApplY For an academic Year at OMSC?

Each academic year, OMSC accepts a limited number of Global Leaders and Research Scholars to participate in our Residential Study Program. Artists are recruited by the Director.

Please pay careful attention to the following 4 points and concluding note:

  1. We will be receiving applications from October 1–December 31, 2019 for our first academic year at Princeton Theological Seminary. For that purpose, we have created a new, online application.

  2. All applicants to the Residential Study Program must submit a nonrefundable application fee of $25 USD.

  3. All applicants will be notified of our decision on their application on Friday, February 14, 2020. Because of the high number of applicants and space limitations, please be aware that submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance. Applications from qualified first-time applicants will be given priority over those of returning OMSC alumni.

  4. If you are interested in applying as a Global Leader or Research Scholar to our Residential Study Program, please click on the “SUBMIT AN APPLICATION” button below between October 1–December 31, 2019 and follow instructions for completing and submitting an application. Since there is no “Save & Return” function, you must complete the online application in one sitting. Therefore, before completing and submitting the application, we suggest that you carefully review it and prepare your answers beforehand.

    Please Note: Because the academic or practical research and writing project will be a vital pedagogical component of OMSC’s Residential Study Program in Princeton, we will be giving particular weight to your 300–500 word description of your “PROPOSED RESEARCH & WRITING PROJECT” in our review of your application.