About Postdoctoral Fellowship Program


One of the three initiatives the Lilly Fellows Program sustains is the Two-Year, Residential Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at Valparaiso University.

Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowships are two-year residential fellowships for teacher-scholars who seek to renew and enrich their intellectual and professional lives while preparing for careers at church-related institutions of higher learning. Each academic year, up to three Fellows are appointed for two-year periods. Fellows are selected from applicants who have an interest in the relationship between Christianity and the academy and seek a career at a church-related college or university. Fellows are in residence at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. The Lilly Fellows Program is fully ecumenical.

Lilly Fellows are incorporated into a community of Christian teacher-scholars through:

  • Teaching experiences in eight courses over two years in appropriate departments and Christ College (Honors College) at Valparaiso University, including the opportunity to teach in the fall semester of the Christ College Freshman Program
  • Mentoring over the course of two years by a senior faculty member from the Fellow's discipline or Christ College
  • Participation in weekly meetings of a two-year colloquium program led by Senior Fellows from Valparaiso University
  • Research opportunities for scholarly or creative work in the Fellow's field and in the relationship of Christianity to the academy
  • Opportunities to develop contact with representatives from the Program's National Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities
  • Assistance in the second year with career planning and placement

For Eligibility, Appointment, and Compensation, click here

For Application Procedures, click here

For a List of Current Fellows, click here

For a List of Former Fellows, click here

Applications must be submitted through Interfolio's ByCommittee service.  The link for submission is on the Application Procedures page.

Applications will be accepted after September 1, 2016, and must be submitted by January 11, 2017.

Noteworthy News

Applications for 2017 Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowships

Valparaiso University is now accepting applications for the two-year, residential Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2017-2019.  For more information, click here.


Announcing the Winner and Finalists of the 2016 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Non-fiction

We are happy to announce the winner and finalists of the 2016 Lilly Fellows Program Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Non-fiction.  Please click here.


Call for Nominations for the 2017 Lilly Fellows Program Book Award

We are now accepting nominations for the Seventh Biennial Lilly Fellows Program Book Award for 2017.  The Nomination Deadline is March 1, 2017.  For more information, please click here.


November LFP Update

The Current LFP Update for November 2016 is now available. Click here.


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.


Follow the Exiles from Eden Blog!

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