Lilly scholarships for journalists to study religion

By agency reporter
September 4, 2013

Religion | Newswriters in the USA is inviting journalists in the United States to apply to its Lilly Scholarships in Religion Program. The scholarships give full-time journalists up to $5,000 to take any college religion courses at any accredited institution at any time.

Religion headlines are dominating news coverage—politics, religion, Islam in America — now is the perfect time to dig deeper into today’s hottest stories. More than 280 people have already taken advantage of Religion | Newswriters’ Lilly Scholarships in Religion Program for Journalists.

Topics reporters have studied include: Islamic Movements, God & Politics, Religion & Conflict Resolution, Politics of International Religious Freedom, Buddhism in the West, Violence and Liberation, Muslim-Christian Relations in World History and many more.

“This course provided me with a thorough introduction to the concepts and recurring motifs in this genre, and opened my eyes to the way these ideas continue to play out in our society. As a religion editor, it has been hugely beneficial to me to become familiar with the vocabulary of apocalypticism, the current themes being explored within the genre, and the writings of contemporary scholars in the field,” said Nancy Fitzgerald a freelancer who took the course “Apocalyptic Literature” at Lancaster Theological Seminary.

The scholarships can be used at accredited colleges, universities, seminaries or similar institutions. Journalists can choose any religion, spirituality or ethics course. Scholarships cover tuition, books, registration fees, parking and other course-related costs. Online and travel classes are also eligible (as long as travel costs are part of the curriculum).

All full-time journalists working in the general circulation news media—including reporters, editors, designers, copy editors, editorial writers, news directors, researchers and producers—are eligible, regardless of their beat.

The next scholarship application deadline is Oct. 1, 2013. Scholarships must be used within three months of their award date.

Religion | Newswriters is the world’s only association for journalists who write about religion in the mainstream news media. The scholarships are offered through its non-profit arm, the Religion Newswriters Foundation, with funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

* Complete information about the Lilly Scholarships in Religion program is available at


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