International Fellows Initiative

The International Fellowship Initiative (IFI) is a work of the Jesuit Conference of the United States and Canada and is a collaboration between the two Jesuit theologates in the United States of America, the Boston College Clough School of Theology and Ministry (CSTM) and the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley (JST). In its history, the IFI has hosted over 80 scholars from over 30 different countries including China, India, Malaysia, Poland, Chile, and Turkey. The IFI hosts postdoctoral international scholars for one or two semesters at either JST or CSTM (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.

Applications for 2024-2025 are due December 15, 2023.

Contact Information

Jennifer Bader, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Boston College Clough School of Theology and Ministry

Julie Hanlon Rubio
Shea-Heusaman Professor of Christian Social Ethics
Associate Dean
Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University

IFI Details

Program Opportunities

Fellows commit to spending their time conducting research and writing on a proposed project. Opportunities include: 

  • Sharing and dialoguing about one's research with faculty
  • Being a guest presenter in a course relevant to one's research
  • and / or giving a public lecture 

Fellows file reports on their activities at the end of the fellowship, which are sent to the Jesuit Conference. 

Length of Fellowship

Fellowships can be for one semester (fall or spring) or two semesters (fall and spring).


International Jesuits, other vowed religious, diocesan priests, and lay scholars are eligible to apply. Each applicant must hold a doctorate in a field relevant to theological studies and be fluent in English. 

Financial Information

Each fellow is provided with a monthly spending stipend (subject to applicable taxes) for housing, health insurance, and other expenses; use of a computer and printer; and reimbursement for the cost of economy round-trip airfare to and from the Fellow's home country. Some fellowships also provide research assistance and/or travel reimbursement for academic conference(s) , depending on availability at the host institution.  

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