By completing and submitting your STM application, you are automatically considered for any scholarships or fellowships for which you may be eligible. There is not a separate application to be considered for scholarship aid. During the application review process, the admissions commitee, faculty reviewers, and the dean make recommendations for scholarships. These decisions are communicated at the time of admission. A full list of scholarship opportunities can be found below.
During the admission process, recommendations are also made to move candidates forward in the STM graduate assistantship, research assistantship, and/or externship processes. More information about available positions is included below.
In addition to STM positions, there are a number of graduate assistantships offered across the university. Both the BC Office of Graduate Student Life and the BC Office of Student Services maintain listings of potential assistantships and work-study positions open to all Boston College graduate students.
Tuition scholarships are awarded based on considerations of academic achievement, potential for ministry, demonstrated leadership, and financial need. They are awarded at the time of admission and are usually renewable at the same level in years following the student’s initial award year, assuming the student’s need and academic standing do not change markedly. Some awards have designated amounts; the rest range from 25% - 100%. In addition to general scholarships, some of our specific awards are listed below:
These full-tuition scholarships seek to support students who approach theological study with rigor and zeal, and who demonstrate an exceptional academic record. Recipients of this award demonstrate potential for further study in theology and are committed to the discipline of theology as a means of transformation for our world. Applicants must have at least a 3.8 undergraduate GPA and significant theology or philosophy study to be considered for this award.
Works of Mercy Scholarship
Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, reminds us that “the Gospel takes away our right forever, to discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving poor.” These awards recognize students who respond to this call from the Gospel and embody one or more of the corporal works of mercy - feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, care for the sick, visit the imprisoned, bury the dead, and care for creation. Recipients will seek to integrate these works into their graduate studies, such as through healthcare ministry, prison ministry, or social service work, growing into faithful disciples committed to compassionate ministry oriented toward a more just world.
Karl Rahner, SJ Scholarship
Karl Rahner, SJ notes that “mystery is not just an unfortunate remainder of what is not yet known but rather the blessed goal of knowledge which comes to itself when it is with the incomprehensible One, and not in any other way.” STM is committed to the intensive study of theology and pursuing a more adequate understanding of our incomprehensible God. As aspiring theologians and ministers, recipients of this award are driven by intellectual curiosity and academic rigor. They have identified a theological focus area, which they desire to explore more deeply during their degree program with the hopes of eventually pursuing further studies in theology. Applicants are inquisitive, courageous, and faithful – willing to ask challenging questions with an openness to where the answers may lead them.
Named for the Jesuit value of magis (Latin for “more”), this scholarship award honors applicants who are pursuing studies in ministry later in life. Recipients of this award have committed to growing and discovering this “something more,” integrating the riches of their work and life experiences with deep theological inquiry.
As the School of Theology and Ministry, we seek to form faith-filled leaders committed to transformation in our Church and world. This new series of scholarships – the Agent of Transformation Awards – is geared toward applicants committed to God’s vision for justice in each of the following areas. Though certainly not exhaustive, the following awards and fellowships celebrate the myriad of ways that students work creatively towards creating a more just and inclusive Church and world. These awards will cover between 50% - 100% of the recipient's tuition costs.
Lift Every Voice Fellowship
"What does it mean to be Black in the Church in society?” In 1989, Sr. Thea Bowman gave a moving speech to the USCCB and raised this important question. She goes on, “It means that I come to my Church fully functioning...I bring myself; my black self, all that I am, all that I have, all that I hope to become." This fellowship recognizes the need for transformative ministry and amplified voices in pursuit of racial justice and reconciliation – working to heal the sins of our Church and nation. Candidates for this fellowship should demonstrate a commitment to the work of anti-racism and show potential for critical thinking and advocacy around the intersection of theology and race.
In addition to a scholarship award, students awarded this fellowship have the opportunity to participate in an externship with the Archdiocesan Social Justice Ministry office (pending interview with supervisor to ensure mutual fit).
Care for Our Common Home Fellowship
In Laudato Si, Pope Francis invites humankind to hear the “cry of the earth” and the “cry of the poor,” calling each of us to care for our common home. This award seeks to provide support for students who hear both cries and act with courage and conviction to meet creation’s urgent need for care. Applicants must demonstrate interest in the intersection of theology and ecological ethics and/or demonstrate a deep commitment to ecological justice in pursuit of care for our common home in order to be named a recipient of this scholarship.
In addition to a scholarship award, students awarded this fellowship have the opportunity to participate in an externship within the greater Boston area (pending interview with supervisor to ensure mutual fit).
Women’s Witness Award
Throughout the Christian tradition, women have served as prophetic witnesses to the inbreaking of the reign of God. In the spirit of Mary’s Magnificat, they have bravely proclaimed that God uplifts the poor and scatters the proud. Like the women at the tomb, who were the very first to recognize and announce the resurrection, they have perdured in the face of many obstacles to announce the good news of love and justice. This award remembers all of the named and unnamed holy women who have followed their examples as ministers, leaders, and prophetic proclaimers of Good News. Through this award, STM recognizes students who witness and advocate for the powerful ways that women lead, minister, and inspire our Church.
Transcending Borders Award
In 2019, the Society of Jesus announced four apostolic preferences for the next decade, one of which is to walk with the “poor and outcasts of the world.” Central to this is a commitment to caring for migrants and refugees, seeking “to create conditions of hospitality, to accompany all these people in their process of integration into society, and to promote the defense of their rights.” With this scholarship, STM honors deserving recipients who are committed to welcome for the weary and hospitality for the stranger. Applicants considered for this award will be students who demonstrate interest in the intersection of theology and issues facing immigrants globally and/or demonstrate a commitment to ministry within migrant communities.
Building Bridges Award
In 2017, Fr. James Martin, S.J. (M.Div. ‘98, Th.M. ‘99) published Building a Bridge, which sparked pivotal conversations in the ongoing effort within the Catholic Church to affirm the dignity of LGBTQ+ Catholics. Through this award, STM recognizes applicants who seek to serve as bridge-builders within our Church in pursuit of greater inclusion and justice for the LGBTQ+ community. Candidates for this scholarship must have a demonstrated research interest in the intersection of theology and sexuality through areas such as systematics, Christian ethics, or practical theology, and/or demonstrate a commitment to inclusive ministry within the LGBTQ+ community.
“That They May Be One” Award
In his 1995 encyclical Ut Unum Sint, Pope Saint John Paul II notes, “This unity, which the Lord has bestowed on his Church and in which he wishes to embrace all people, is not something added on, but stands at the very heart of Christ's mission.” Attentive and committed to this mission, the School of Theology and Ministry seeks to cultivate meaningful conversation as a community that welcomes students of all denominations (and faith traditions) to study and worship. This scholarship award aims to provide support for students who demonstrate a commitment to ecumenical dialogue, and who are passionate about seeking out ways to integrate ecumenism into their own ministry practices – serving as bearers of hope for our world.
Catholic Volunteer Network Partnership
As a school community, we are enriched each year by students who have engaged in full-time service, seeking to better understand our society and world and to integrate these realities with core themes of justice, spirituality, and community. In recognition of the value of this service, STM is committed to providing scholarship funds to cover at least 75% of tuition costs for an STM degree or certificate program for lay students who have served in a Catholic Volunteer Network member program in the last five years.
Committed to the vital role that parishes play in the renewal of our Church and the lifelong faith-formation of Catholics, the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry is excited to offer a 50% tuition scholarship for all lay applicants working full-time in parish ministry across the U.S. and world who are admitted to an STM degree or certificate program.
Catholic education has always been at the heart of the Church’s mission in the world, animated by educators who are committed to honoring the dignity of each student, ultimately helping to form compassionate, faith-filled disciples committed to the common good. In honor of their steadfast work, STM is delighted to guarantee at least a 50% tuition scholarship for lay Catholic school teachers and administrators in an STM degree or certificate program.
The School of Theology and Ministry (STM) at Boston College offers a thorough curriculum in Hispanic ministry and theology. This partnership will prepare or renew people – academically, professionally, and spiritually – to render effective ministry within Hispanic communities in pastoral settings. Qualified lay applicants, Hispanic and non-Hispanic, who demonstrate a clear commitment to Hispanic ministry and theology, and who intend to work with Hispanic communities after completing their studies are eligible for at least a 75% tuition scholarships. Scholarships are awarded based on merit, promise and availability.
The STM has over 20 graduate and research assistantship positions available, with offerings expanding nearly every year. In addition to the financial benefits of these positions, our students and alumni often report on the professional and ministerial skills gained from their time as graduate assistants. The majority of these positions last for one year and are reserved to support entering, first-year students.
The application process for these positions begins during the admissions process. If you are interested in being considered for the positions we have available, make sure to indicate that on your application form (there is a question that asks about assistantships).
Assistantships available within the STM include:
Assistantships below are with partner offices across the university. The placement process happens through the STM (the same process as the positions listed above).
In addition to the positions listed in the box above, there are many positions offered throughout the Boston College campus. Boston College's Office of Graduate Student Life maintains a listing of these positions, which are open to all BC graduate students. Recent positions held by STM students include working with the Church in the 21st Century Center, BC President's Office, Center for Teaching Excellence, Center for Digital Innovation in Learning, Information Technology Services, Center for Student Formation, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Provost's Office, and the Women's Center.
STM externships offer students administrative experience in positions throughout the Archdiocese of Boston, in parishes, schools, and other service offices. Both new and returning students are welcome to apply for these positions, which are for one year. A specific application for the externship program is made available (emailed to all eligible students) each spring for the following academic year.
Each year, STM awards five research assistantship (RA) positions to incoming students. RAs work with a faculty member in their area of interest over the course of the academic year, usually supporting a specific academic project. Candidates are identified during the admissions process as demonstrating both outstanding prior academic achievement and future potential. RA positions are for a student's first year of study.
Prospective students are encouraged to contact Donna DeRosa, STM assistant director for financial aid,
for questions regarding funding (firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-552-6506).