The Fellowship is open to candidates interested in studying at the Angelicum, in Rome, towards a Diploma in Interreligious Studies, a Licentiate in Theology or a Doctorate in Theology degree at the Ecumenical Section of the Faculty of Theology. Please download our brochure to get a snapshot of the Fellowship program.

In order to be eligible to apply for a Russell Berrie Fellowship, you must prove that you are academically eligible to gain admission to one of three academic programs of the Faculty of Theology at the Angelicum. As part of your application, you will be required to provide information and documents demonstrating that you meet eligibility criteria set by the University and the Dean of Theology. Every application is first pre-screened for academic eligibility. If the Dean determines academic eligibility of an applicant, the application is then considered and reviewed for a Russell Berrie Fellowship. Please be sure to check the Handbook of Studies to read about the academic programs offered by the Faculty of Theology and learn what admission requirements are set by the University and the Faculty of Theology.


Doctorate candidates who can apply for fellowship support:

  • Students currently enrolled in their second and final year of the S.T.L. program at the Angelicum are eligible to apply if their grades are 8.5/10 or higher for each individual compnent considered for obtaining the S.T.L. degree.
  • Students who obtained a pontifical S.T.L. degree at another institutions with grades sufficient to proceed at the doctorate at that insitutuion.
  • Doctorate students currently pursuing their S.T.D. degrees at the Angelicum are encouraged to apply.
  • Your research proposal and dissertation topic is or will be in the field of interreligious dialogue.

Applicants planning to enroll in the first year and pursue a Doctorate in Theology degree must first check eligibility requirements for admission into the third cycle at the Angelicum. If they meet eligibility requirements for admission, they can apply provided that their Doctorate research topic is connected to interreligious dialogue and they submit a letter of commitment from their Bishop or Appropriate Religious Superior that they will receive support in the second and final year of their studies at the Angelicum.


S.T.L. candidates who can apply for fellowship support:

  • Students currently enrolled in their first year of the Licentiate (S.T.L.) program at the Angelicum are eligible to apply.
  • Students who have obtained the S.T.B. degree with GPA sufficient for admission to the second cycle according to the standards of the institution that granted the degree.
  • If no S.T.B. degree, students who have obtained an equivalent of 5-6 year program of philosophical and theological studies. The Dean will determine if your program of study and your GPA are sufficient for admission into an S.T.L. degree program.

S.T.L. applicants planning to enroll in their first year and pursue an S.T.L. degree are eligible to apply if they submit a letter of commitment from their Bishop or Appropriate Religious Superior that they will receive support in the second and final year of their studies at the Angelicum.


Diploma in Interreligious Studies applicants:

A one-year certificate program, the Diploma in Interreligious Studies is offered to those students who are not qualified for admission into the Licentiate in Theology program. This special program of the Ecumenical Section provides the opportunity to explore various aspects of interreligious issues at the graduate level of a Pontifical University.

  • Applicants who hold at least a bachelor's degree (B.A.) from an academic institution with good standing and have experience in working with other religions are eligible to apply. Applicants are required to demonstrate in their applicaion that they have either academic experience at the university level or personal experience working with other religions connected to interreligious dialogue.

Students currently studying at the Angelicum are also eligible to apply, especially iftheir academic focus falls within the field of Interreligious Studies. A sufficient knowledge of English (B1 level of English language skills) is required for all applicants.

We have closed our call for applications for the 2022-2023 academic year (October 2022 - June 2023). Application deadline for next year will be announced in December 2022. All application documents, including letters of recommendations, are accepted online and should be submitted by the deadline that will be announced for Spring 2023.