About Us

Mission Statement

The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts seeks to renew and enhance the connections between Christianity and the academic vocation at church-related colleges and universities.


The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, based in Christ College, the interdisciplinary honors college of Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, seeks to strengthen the quality and shape the character of church-related institutions of higher learning in the twenty-first century. 

The Program sustains three distinct yet integrated initiatives.

The first is a collaborative National Network of Church-Related colleges and universities that sponsors a variety of activities and publications designed to explore the Christian character of the academic vocation and to strengthen the religious nature of church related institutions.

The second is the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program, which supports, during their first three years of graduate school, young men and women of exceptional academic talent who are exploring vocations in church-related higher education.

The third is a residential, two-year Postdoctoral Teaching Fellows Program at Valparaiso University for young scholars who wish to renew their sense of vocation within a Christian community of learning in order to prepare themselves for positions of teaching and leadership within church-related institutions.

Together these programs bring focus, clarity, and energy to a critical aspect of a much larger project: the imaginative reformulation and implementation of an agenda for church-related higher learning in the twenty-first century.

The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts is funded by Valparaiso University, the LFP National Network of church-related colleges and universities, and a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc., an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation.


Program Purposes

      
  • Identify and publicize highly qualified scholars who seek to explore their academic vocations in church-related contexts.
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  • Nurture intellectual and spiritual virtues in young scholars at the graduate and post-doctoral level as they prepare for teaching careers in church-related institutions.
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  • Prepare academic leaders to serve in institutions with a strong sense of Christian identity and mission.
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  • Generate a national discussion about the relationship between Christianity and the academic vocation.
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  • Encourage and support research and publication about various aspects of faith and learning, the Christian vocation of teaching, and church-related higher education.
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  • Sustain a network of church-related colleges and universities interested in exploring these issues.
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  • Fund seminars, conferences, and various programs on network campuses that directly benefit members of network institutions.

Noteworthy News

March LFP Update

The Current LFP Update for May, 2018 is now available. Click here.


Registration is Now Open for the 2018 LFP National Conference

Registration is now open for the 28th National Conference, Robust and Receptive Ecumenism, at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, October 12-14, 2018.  For more information and to register, Click Here.


Registration is Now Open for the 2018 Workshop for Senior Administrators

Registration is open for the 2018 Lilly Workshop for Senior Administrators on the theme, Hiring for Mission, which will take place on the campus of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, October 11-12, 2018.  For more information and to Register, Click Here.


Call for Applications: Lilly Network Exchange at Azusa Pacific University, March 27-30, 2019

The High Sierra Humanities Program of Azusa Pacific University will host a Lilly Network Exchange on March 27-30, 2019, for ten faculty members and administrators at Lilly Network Schools interested in learning about the program’s “para-university” model for humanities education.  For more information and to apply, Click Here.


Save the Date: Regional Conference at Dordt College on “The Prodigal Love of God,” April 4-6, 2019

On April 4-6, 2019, Dordt College and the Andreas Center for Reformed Scholarship and Service, in partnership with the Lilly Fellows Program, will host a conference titled “The Prodigal Love of God: Reencountering Dordt at 400 and Beyond.” For More information, Click Here.


Lilly Network of Church- Related Colleges and Universities

If you are interested in learning more about membership in the Lilly 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!