Russell Berrie Fellowship - application now open for 2016-17

10 December 2015
Russell Berrie Fellowship - application now open for 2016-17



The Institute of International Education (IIE) is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies for the academic year 2016-17. Administered by IIE, this timely initiative is organized at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) for the ninth consecutiveyear. 


The goal of the Fellowship Program is to build bridges between Christian, Jewish, and other religious traditions by providing the next generation of religious leaders with a comprehensive understanding of and dedication to interfaith issues. Russell Berrie Fellows are expected to complete the program and return home to their parishes and communities to lead others in efforts to promote interfaith understanding.


The Fellowship offers clergy, religious, and members of the laity an opportunity to study for a Licence Degree or a Diploma in Interreligious Studies at the Angelicum. The award provides one year of financial support for new Russell Berrie Fellows. It is intended to cover tuition, a modest living stipend and book allowance, examination fees, and travel to and from the recipient’s home country.


Applicants of all faiths and backgrounds from around the world — including students currently enrolled at the Angelicum — who have a demonstrated interest in Interreligious Studies are encouraged to apply.


In order to apply for the Russell Berrie Fellowship, candidates must be eligible to gain admission to the Angelicum. Applicants planning to pursue their first year of the licence degree are eligible if they submit a written commitment from their Bishop or Appropriate Religious Superior that they will receive support in the second year of their studies. Current first year licence students are eligible to apply for the second year of their studies at the Angelicum. Applicants who are not qualified for entrance into the Licence program have an opportunity to explore various aspects of interreligious issues via the Diploma in Interreligious Studies. Applicants need to hold at least a B.A degree from an academic institution with good standing and demonstrate that they have either some academic experience at the university level or personal experience in working with other religions.


Program information and application materials can be found at Webinars will be conducted for interested applicants on January 12th 11am CET,February 3rd 3pm CET, and February 25th 3pm CET. For more information on how to attend the webinar, please see


The deadline for application is March 11, 2016.


Please find below a short announcement with all the information about the scholarship that is ready to be forwarded to students or mailing lists. We’d be grateful if you could forward it to eligible students at your institution, mailing lists or post it on any discussion forums that this might be relevant to. Also, we will send posters and brochures to your department – I’d appreciate your help in displaying them at relevant locations. 


In case you are not the right person to relay this information to the students themselves, we would appreciate if you could forward it to the appropriate person. 


We value your cooperation on this issue. If you have any questions or would like to have more information, please do not hesitate to contact us at


Best regards,


Noémi Csabay

Program Officer


The Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligous Studies Team
Institute of International Education (IIE) | European Office
Vörösmarty tér 4., Budapest 1051, Hungary
Phone +36.1.472.2250 | Fax +36.1.472.2255