Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies
What is the Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies?
A fellowship program of the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue, the Russell Berrie Fellowship supports priests, women religious, and members of the laity for the purpose of studying one full academic year at The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas—Angelicum in Rome, Italy. Every year, we bring ten international students to the Angelicum to pursue a Licentiate in Theology or a Doctorate in Theology, as well as a Diploma in Interreligious Studies. The Fellowship Program aims to build bridges between Christian, Jewish, and other religious traditions by providing the next generation of religious leaders with a comprehensive understanding of, and dedication to, interfaith issues.
(photo: Front entrance of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum). Used with permission from Pontificia Università di San Tommaso d’Aquino)
What is included?
The award provides financial support for Russell Berrie Fellows to study at the Angelicum, in Rome, for one academic year towards a Licentiate in Theology (S.T.L. degree), or a Diploma in Interreligious Studies. In some cases, financial support is provided towards a Doctorate in Theology (S.T.D. degree). It is intended to cover tuition and examination fees, a modest living stipend, a book allowance, and travel to and from the recipient’s home country once a year.
Who can apply?
In consultation with The Russell Berrie Foundation, the JPII Center has chosen to end the Fellowship program after this last cohort joins our alumni network in July 2023. This will be our final cohort.
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The Russell Berrie Foundation
The Russell Berrie Foundation carries on the values and passions of the late Russell Berrie, through promoting the continuity of the Jewish people, and fostering religious understanding and pluralism. In partnership with The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), The Russell Berrie Foundation provides funding for the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue and its initiatives, including the Russell Berrie Fellowship Program. IIE administers and manages the Russell Berrie Fellowship Program at the Angelicum on behalf of the foundation.