Photo: Priest with a group of professionals 

On behalf of The John Paull II Center for Interreligious Dialogue, IIE is pleased to announce the Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies Program, a timely initiative at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum). The goal of the Fellowship Program is to support emerging religious leaders to further their knowledge of Catholic, Jewish and other religious traditions, their ability to engage with people of different faiths, and actively promote interfaith dialogue. The Fellowship Program provides funding for one year of study at the Angelicum in Rome, Italy through an enhanced academic fellowship and practical skill-building program in interreligious studies and dialogue. Russell Berrie Fellows are expected to complete the program and return home to their parishes and communities to lead others in efforts to promote interfaith understanding. The fellowship also includes an active alumni program that is designed to encourage ongoing leadership for action in interreligious dialogue.

The Fellowship targets clergy, religious, and members of the laity for the purpose of studying at the Angelicum to obtain a Licence or Doctorate Degree, as well as a Diploma in Interreligious Studies. In order to maintain funding, Russell Berrie Fellows must complete a curriculum, approved annually by the Dean of the Faculty of Theology, drawn from courses that have a specific interreligious focus or an interreligious component. Russell Berrie Fellows are also expected to maintain a cumulative 8.5 or better average in their studies at the Angelicum and attend extracurricular activities of the fellowship.

Learn More About the Diploma  (411 KB, PDF)

Learn More About the Licence Degree (61 KB, PDF)

Applicants of all faiths and backgrounds from around the worldincluding students currently enrolled at the Angelicum pursuing Licenciate and Doctorate programswho have a demonstrated interest in Interreligious Studies are encouraged to apply.

Fellowship Award

The Fellowship Award will provide one year of financial support for Russell Berrie Fellows to pursue a Licence Degree or a Diploma in Interreligious Studies at the Angelicum. It is intended to cover tuition, a modest living stipend, examination fees, a modest book allowance, and travel to and from the recipient's home country once a year.