On behalf of the Russell Berrie Foundation, IIE is pleased to announce the Russell Berrie Fellowship Program, a timely initiative at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum). Along with the establishment of an Annual Lecture Series on Interreligious Studies, 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 targets clergy, religious, and members of the laity for the purpose of studying at the Angelicum to obtain a Licence Degree or a Diploma in Interreligious Studies. In order to maintain funding, Russell Berrie Fellows must complete a curriculum, approved annually by the dean, drawn from courses that have a specific interreligious focus or that have an interreligious component. Russell Berrie Fellows are also expected to maintain a cumulative 9.0 or better average in their studies at the Angelicum in order to continue to receive support from the program.
The Fellowship is open to candidates interested in studying at the Angelicum to obtain a Licence Degree or a Diploma in Interreligious Studies at this University.
Licence Degree applicants:
- Licence applicants planning to pursue their first year of the Licence Degree are eligible to apply if they submit a written commitment from their Bishop or Appropriate Religious Superior that they will receive support in the second and final year of their studies.
- Students pursuing their second and final year of the License Degree at the Angelicum are eligible to apply.
Diploma in Interreligious Studies applicants:
- The aim of the Diploma in Interreligious Studies is to provide for those who are not qualified for entrance into the STL program the opportunity to explore various aspects of interreligious issues.
- Applicants need to hold at least a B.A degree from an academic institution with good standing
- The norms for admission to the Diploma program will be determined by the Dean's office based on the student having demonstrated that they have either some academic experience at the university level or personal experience in working with other religions.
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The award will provide one year of financial support for Russell Berrie Fellows to pursue a Licence Degree or a Diploma in Interreligious Studies at the Angelicum. It is intended to cover tuition, a modest living stipend, examination fees, a modest book allowance, and travel to and from the recipient's home country once a year.