The International Fellowship Initiative (IFI) is a collaboration between the two Jesuit theologates in the United States of America, the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM) and the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley (JST). 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.
Jennifer Bader, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Academics
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Alison Benders, J.D., Ph.D.
Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University
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:
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.
Host schools will work with fellowship recipients regarding Visa requirements and documentation for their length of study.
Deadline for September 2019: March 15, 2019
A complete application must include the following:
All supporting application materials should be emailed to: IFI.STM.JST@bc.edu.