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Lilly Graduate Fellowship

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The Lilly Graduate Fellowships support graduate study for exceptionally well-qualified young men and women who have bachelor degrees from Lilly Fellows Program Network Schools (including Boston College) and who are interested in becoming teacher-scholars at church-related colleges and universities in the United States.

Nominees must intend to enter a Ph.D., M.F.A., Th.D., or equivalent program at the school of their choice, that will lead to a teaching career in the humanities or the arts at the college or university level. Nominees should also demonstrate a desire to explore the connections between Christianity and higher education and entertain the possibility of teaching at a Protestant or Catholic school.

Each Fellowship provides a substantial stipend in each of three years, to be used at the Fellows' discretion. Lilly Graduate Fellows also attend four conferences over the course of three years, which allows Fellows to collaborate with each other and with senior scholars and luminaries who integrate research, teaching, vocation, and an interest in Protestant and Catholic higher education.

To be eligible, applicants must be nominated by Boston College. Boston College may nominate up to three candidates each year.

Applications must include:

  • a personal statement of 500-1000 words;
  • two letters of recommendation from faculty members;
  • official University transcripts.

Interested applicants should contact the Boston College Campus Coordinator for the Lilly Fellowship, preferably in the Spring semester of their Junior year, to get guidance on the application procedure. Applications must be submitted for review by the Campus Coordinator and the Lilly Advisory Committee no later than mid-October. Applicants must apply through the Boston College Campus Coordinator and secure Boston College's endorsement; the Lilly Fellowship Program will not accept applications submitted independently by students.

To get additional information about the Lilly Fellowship and the application process before talking with the Campus Coordinator, consult the Lilly Graduate Fellowship web site.