About Graduate Fellows Program

The Lilly Graduate Fellows Program supports, during the course of their graduate education, exceptionally well qualified young men and women who have bachelor degrees from LFP Network  Schools and who are interested in becoming teacher-scholars at church-related colleges and universities in the United States.

The Three-Year Program:

In academic year 2015/2016, the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program will select a cohort of 10 fellows who are entering PhD or equivalent graduate programs in humanities and arts at schools of their choosing. The 2016-2019 Lilly Graduate  Fellows will enter graduate school in the fall, 2016.  

Over a three year period, these Fellows, along with two mentors who are senior scholars at a Lilly Fellows Program Network School, will communicate and collaborate with each other in areas of research, teaching, and professional  development.

The program will reach completion with the introduction of the Graduate Fellows to representatives of the Lilly Fellows Program National Network at the Network’s annual national  conference.  More specifically, Lilly Graduate Fellows will participate in the following programmatic objectives:

Four Conferences:
Lilly Graduate Fellows attend four conferences over the course of three years. These conferences allow Fellows to collaborate with each other and with senior scholars and luminaries  who integrate research, teaching, vocation, and an interest in church-related higher education.

Mentoring Relationship:
Lilly Graduate Fellows will develop a relationship with two mentors who  are senior scholars at a Lilly Fellows Program Network School.

Online Colloquium:
Lilly Graduate Fellows and mentors, over the course of the three-year program, will participate in common  readings and online discussions that explore the intersections of Christianity and higher learning by drawing on classical and contemporary works of art, literature, theology, history, and philosophy.  This colloquium requires an  average time commitment of two to three hours per week. Cohorts in the past have engaged such thinkers as Simone Weil, Augustine, Dostoevsky, Dante, and Flannery O’Connor.

Lilly Graduate Fellows will receive three annual $3,000 fellowship awards for use at the Fellows’ discretion.


All nominees for the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program must be nominated by their LFP National Network Undergraduate institutions. Each Network Institution can nominate up to three nominees. To inquire about nomination, please contact  the LFP Network Representative at your Undergraduate Institution. To find the names and contact information for your campus representatives, click here.

LFP National Network Campus Representatives must submit up to three nominees for the 2016-2019 Program no later than November 17, 2015.

Finalists must attend an Interview Conference on April 7-9, 2016 (overseas applicants please contact us). Fellows must attend an Inaugural  Conference on August 1-4, 2016. The LGFP will cover all expenses for these events. Final selection of the Lilly Graduate Fellows is made by a selection committee and Lilly Fellows Program staff. Ten graduate fellowships  will be awarded.

To learn more about eligibility, nomination guidelines, and application procedures, please follow the links below:



Copies of the Lilly Graduate Fellows Brochure and Announcement can be downloaded with the links below:


To learn more about the individual the Lilly Graduate Fellows Cohorts, follow the links below:

First Cohort

Second Cohort

Third Cohort

Fourth Cohort

Fifth Cohort

Sixth Cohort

Seventh Cohort

Eighth Cohort


Noteworthy News

LFP Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

The LFP Office will be closed from Friday, November 20, to Monday, November 30, 2015.

Georgetown College Regional Conference

The Lilly Fellows Program is sponsoring a Regional Conference at Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY, on "Discerning Academic Vocation in a Contested Religious Tradition," will be held on January 28-29, 2016. For more information, visit the conference website here.

2016 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Nonfiction

We are now accepting nominations for the 2016 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Nonfiction.  Each LFP Network School can nominate one faculty member for this prize.  Nominations are due March 1, 2016. For more information, click here.

2015 Lilly Fellows Program Book Award Winner and Finalists

Click here to see the winner of and finalists for the 2015 Lilly Fellows program Book Award!

2015 Workshop for Senior Administrators

The 2015 Workshop for Senior Administrators was held on October 8-9 at Belmont University.  We will be posting talks as they are available on our website.

2015 Annual National Conference

The 25th annual National Conference was held on October 9-11, 2015, at Belmont University.  As talks become available, we will post them to our website.

November LFP Update

Check out the current _LFP_Update_ for November, 2015

Follow the Exiles from Eden Blog!

The LFP is now sponsoring a new blog, Exiles from Eden.  Go check it out!

National Network of Church- Related Colleges and Universities

If you are interested in learning more about membership in the National Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities, please contact us here.