Eligibility and Application

Webinar in March

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The Fellowship is open to candidates interested in studying at the Angelicum to obtain a Licence Degree or a Certificate in Interreligious Studies at this University.

Licence Degree applicants:

  • Licence applicants planning to pursue their first year of the Licence Degree are eligible to apply if they submit a written commitment from their Bishop or Appropriate Religious Superior that they will receive support in the second and final year of their studies.
  • Students pursuing their second and final year of the License Degree at the Angelicum are eligible to apply.

Certificate in Interreligious Studies applicants:

  • The aim of the Certificate in Interreligious studies is to provide for those who are not qualified for entrance into the STL program the opportunity to explore various aspects of interreligious issues.
  • Applicants need to hold at least a B.A degree from an academic institution with good standing
  • The norms for admission to the certificate program will be determined by the Dean’s office based on the student having demonstrated that they have either some academic experience at the university level or personal experience in working with other religions.

In order to be eligible to apply for a Russell Berrie Fellowship, candidates must first prove that they have gained or are eligible to gain admission to the Licence Program or the Certificate Program or of the Angelicum.

Students who are already studying at the Angelicum, are also eligible to apply for the Fellowship, under the condition that their academic focus falls within the field of Interreligious Studies.

Application deadline: March 21, 2014

A sufficient knowledge of English or Italian is required.

Only applicants who meet the eligibility criteria described above will be considered for the Fellowship.

Important: Please read the guidelines and all Fellowship requirements carefully before completing the application. Make sure you are eligible before you send in your application. Ineligible applications will not be processed.

Application Materials

The application and all supporting materials must be submitted in English. All supporting documents in other languages must be accompanied by an (unofficial) English translation.

  1. Completed Fellowship Application Form (208.383 KB, PDF)
  2. Essays (Applicants are asked to answer questions about their leadership potential and their interest in interreligious studies).
  3. Official Transcripts of Studies (and unofficial English translation, if applicable). An official transcript is issued by the university, photocopies are not acceptable. Students currently studying at the Angelicum should submit a transcript for the academic year they are currently attending.
  4. Curriculum Vitae.
  5. Two Letters of Recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s academic record, leadership potential and interest in interreligious affairs. Applicants are encouraged to find recommenders whose reference assists the forming of a complete picture of them. Recommenders should use the Letter of Reference Form or write a letter on official letterhead with a signature. Both letters must be sent in sealed envelopes and the person writing the recommendation must sign across the sealed area of the flap to ensure confidentiality.

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  6. Writing sample. A maximum 10 pages long piece of, preferably, academic writing (or excerpt) in English related to interreligious dialogue.

  7. Only required if the candidate is applying for the first year of the Licence Degree: A short written note from the Appropriate Religious Superior that the candidate will receive financial support for the second year of Licence studies at the Angelicum.

Please provide an (unofficial) English translation for all materials not in English.

In addition to the PDF application form and the printed documents submitted by post, the selection committee may require additional materials such as additional publications by the candidate, a separate letter of interest in interreligious dialogue, or a recommendation letter from the candidate's suffragan.


  1. Apply only if you are eligible. Read all the scholarship requirements and directions carefully. Make sure you are eligible before you send in your application. Ineligible applications will not be processed.
  2. Complete the PDF application form in full. Follow directions. If a question does not apply to you, note that on the application. Do not leave any question blank.
  3. Follow directions. Provide everything that is required. However, do not supply materials that are not requested, as they will not be taken into consideration, nor will they be returned to you.
  4. Neatness counts. Always type your application, or if you must print (handwrite), do so neatly and legibly. Place the requested documents in the package in the order that they are requested. This consistency makes it easier for evaluators to locate information. It's also simpler for you to check the documents against the list of requirements.
  5. Do not staple documents together; if needed please use paper clips to keep materials together. Do not place the application in a special folder.
  6. Keep all deadlines.
  7. Make sure your application gets where it needs to go. Send the printed package by registered express post, "return receipt requested", or use a delivery service like FedEx that allows you to track the package's path and verify who signed for it. In this way you will have proof that the application was received. If you do not receive verification within three weeks, please follow up.
  8. Keep a backup file in case anything goes wrong. Before sending the application, make a copy of the entire packet. This way if your application is lost, you will be able to reproduce it quickly.
  9. Give it a final 'once-over.' Proofread the entire application carefully. Be on the lookout for misspelled words or grammatical errors. Ask a friend or teacher to proofread it as well.
  10. Ask for help if you need it. If you have questions or problems with the application, do not hesitate to email or call the program administrators.

Application Deadline

The PDF application form must be submitted by March 21, 2014. The entire printed application package must be postmarked by March 21, 2014.

Mailing Instructions

  • Send the completed application form (only the application form, no other documents) by e-mail to berrie@iie.eu. When you submit the application by e-mail, you will receive a confirmation that the application form was received, but this does not constitute the complete application package.
  • To finalize your application package, print your completed PDF application, sign and date it and attach other supporting materials (essays, transcripts, CV, writing sample and letters of reference). The complete application package consists of one original set and five photocopies (except for the reference letters).
  • The printed application sets must be compiled in the following order:

    Application Form(signed and dated), Essays (2), Curriculum Vitae, Transcript(s), Two Letters of Recommendation, Writing Sample.

    Please do not staple documents; use paper clips to keep individual copies together.

  • The printed package must be sent to the following address:

    Institute of International Education European Office
    Russell Berrie Fellowship Program
    Vigyázó Ferenc utca 4, II/1
    1051 Budapest, Hungary

  • IIE does not accept additional application documentation by email or fax.
  • IIE will consider all applications postmarked after March 21, 2014 on a case-by-case basis.
  • We recommend that applications be sent via express, registered post to avoid delay or loss of materials.
  • Applicants are advised to keep a complete copy of application materials in case of delivery problems. No application materials will be returned to applicants.

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