The International Fellowship Initiative
The International Fellowship Initiative (IFI) is a collaboration between the two Jesuit theologates in the United States, the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley (JST) and the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM). The IFI hosts post-doctoral international scholars for a six to nine month period of research at either JST or STM (applicants will indicate their preference of research site as part of the application process). The IFI provides scholars with space, time, and resources to complete the work set forth in their fellowship proposal.
The International Fellowship Initiative combines intellectual freedom with a short list of fellowship requirements. Fellowship requirements include: committing primarily to conducting research and writing on their proposed project, participating in monthly meetings among fellows, presenting at least one brown bag lunch presentation, and preparing mid-year and end-year progress reports that highlight fellowship accomplishments.
As part of the IFI, fellows are provided with: a reimbursement of round-trip airfare between their home country and either California or Massachusetts, a monthly living stipend, and the academic resources of the host university (either Santa Clara University or Boston College).
Three different types of fellowships are offered:
- Visiting Fellowship for Jesuits: Visiting fellowships are available to Jesuit applicants whose home province is outside the United States. The fellowship length can range from six to nine months. Each applicant must hold a doctorate or have equivalent professional accomplishments and be fluent in English. The Visiting Fellow is provided with room and board at one of the Jesuit Residences, a monthly spending stipend, healthcare insurance, use of a computer and printer, and reimbursement for the cost of economy round-trip airfare to and from the Fellow's home country.
- Visiting Fellowship for Other Vowed Religious: Visiting Fellowships are available to diocesan priests or to those belonging to a religious order other than the Society of Jesus. The fellowship length can range from six to nine months. Each applicant must hold a doctorate or have equivalent professional accomplishments and be fluent in English. Visiting Fellows who are vowed religious must make arrangements to stay at an area religious community or parish of his or her choice. Fellows will be provided with a monthly stipend (subject to applicable withholding taxes) which takes into account the amount of financial support requested by the applicant as well as the cost of living in the Boston or Berkeley area and healthcare insurance. The Visiting Fellow will be reimbursed for their economy round-trip airfare and be provided with academic resources, as well as use of a computer and printer while at JST or the STM.
- Visiting Fellowship for Lay Scholars: Visiting Fellowships are available to lay persons who do not belong to a religious order. The fellowship length can range from six to nine months. Each applicant must hold a doctorate or have equivalent professional accomplishments and be fluent in English. Lay Visiting Fellows are provided with a monthly stipend (subject to applicable withholding taxes) which takes into account the amount of financial support requested by the applicant as well as the cost of living in the Boston or Berkeley area. The Visiting Fellow must arrange their own housing, accommodation, and healthcare insurance. The Visiting Fellow will be reimbursed for the cost of economy round-trip airfare and be provided with academic resources while at JST or the STM.
The International Fellowship Initiative was established in 1997 at the Woodstock Theological Center with an annual grant from an anonymous donor for the purpose of providing research fellowships to scholars from countries other than the United States. Since the program’s beginning, it has hosted 80 scholars from over 30 different countries including China, India, Malaysia, Poland, and Turkey. The program has played a critical role in the publication of many academic works and building a broad network of international scholars. Many of these academic works have been attributed to the IFI and the program’s network of international scholars continues to be a source of academic information and potential fellowship applicants.
Applicants must be from outside the United States and intend to continue working outside the United States once the fellowship has ended. They must hold a doctorate or have equivalent professional accomplishments, be fluent in English, and submit a research proposal consistent with the mission of either JST or STM plus three letters of recommendation. Religious and priests must also submit a letter from their superiors confirming their good standing and giving them permission to accept the fellowship should it be granted.
While the main purpose of the fellowship will be to conduct research on their chosen topic, JST and STM hope that all International Fellows also contribute to the mission and projects of the Jesuit theologates.
Learn more about the mission of JST and the resources of Santa Clara University, as well as the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.
Learn more about the mission of the STM and the resources of Boston College, as well as the Boston Theological Institute.
Deadline for September 2017: March 15, 2017
A complete application must include the following:
- The IFI Application Form (pdf)
- A current curriculum vitae
- A list of your publications (not to exceed three pages)
- A project proposal (not to exceed 2,000 words)
Host schools will work with fellowship recipients regarding Visa requirements and documentation for their length of study.
Alison Benders, J.D., Ph.D.
Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University
Jennifer Bader, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Academics
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry