Lilly Faculty Fellows Program

The Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities is happy to announce the 2021-2023 cohort of our newest initiative—The Lilly Faculty Fellows Program—for mid-career faculty leaders across the disciplines to engage the intersections of Christian thought and practice with the academic vocation.  This initiative will:

  1. refresh and enliven a sense of calling for participants as people of faith, as teachers, and as scholars;
  2. provide a space for creative exploration of how Christian thought and practice intersect with the academic vocation;
  3. provide funds for Fellows to develop and pilot Faculty Fellow programs on their own campuses.

Although the Lilly Network has in the past emphasized faculty programs in humanities and the arts, this project especially seeks applicants from STEM, social scientific, and professional fields. We are looking for faculty interested in creative exploration, as well as a rich disciplinary and ecumenical mix of participants. The funded campus projects will be sites for creativity and experimentation that examine, cultivate, and enliven faculty engagement with Christian thought and practice as experienced on church-related campuses.

The Program

We will select 6-7 teams of two Fellows each, from different Network Schools. Each team will participate in a two-year program that includes four conferences in Indianapolis and Chicago. We will also provide start-up funds of $8,000 to each participating team to inaugurate a Lilly Faculty Fellows Program on its own campus. Individual Fellows also will be awarded a $4,000 honorarium for participation. Travel, meals, and lodging for all four conferences will be provided as well as all necessary books and materials. The schedule for the program is as follows:

  •  November 15, 2020                 Applications Due
  •  February 15, 2021                   Fellows Named
  •  June 13-16, 2021                    Inaugural Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana
  •  October 22-24, 2021               Second Conference, Chicago, Illinois
  •  April 8-10, 2022                      Third Conference, Chicago, Illinois
  •  Academic year 2022/2023      Pilot Faculty Fellow Programs on Fellow campuses
  •  June 2023                               Fourth Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana

Eligibility

  • In general, applicants must demonstrate a desire for the Fellowship, creative engagement with the intersections of Christian and academic thought and practice, and established campus leadership.
  • Applications are for teams of two mid-career faculty members.
  • Applicants must be tenured (or have received the equivalent of tenure at their institutions) at a member school of the Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities. Applicants must be teaching faculty.
  • At least one member of the team must be in a STEM, social science, or professional field.
  • Applicant teams must have approval from their chairs or preferably deans.
  • Applicant teams must come from two different academic departments.
  • Preference will be given to schools that did not participate in Cohort 1 of the Faculty Fellows Program.

Application Procedures

Applications must be submitted by November 15 to Slideroom: Click here to apply.

Application package must include:

     1. Application Cover Sheet  Download Here   

     2. Answers to the following questions, written by each applicant individually:

  • What are your sources of interest in and motivation for entering the program?
  • What is your experience in engaging Christian thought and practice with the academic vocation?
  • What is your experience in informal or formal campus leadership? Please provide specific examples.
  • What is your experience with interdisciplinary collaboration on your campus?  With you co-applicant?  With others on your campus?
  • A brief description of a project that you are interested in leading on your campus, written together by the applicants in 200 words or less.

     3. CVs of applicants

     4. Letter or letters of recommendation from Chair(s) or Dean(s) (one letter for the team or two separate letters, one for each team member).

 

For an FAQ on eligibility and application teams, click here.
Download a Flyer about the Program Here
Application Deadline is November 15, 2020.
Applicants will be notified of their status by February 15, 2021.

Noteworthy News

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The 2020 LFP National Conference will be hosted online by St. Mary's University in San Antonio, TX. Registration is now open. Click here for more information and to register.


May LFP Update

The Current LFP Update for May 2020 is now available. Click here.


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LFP Grant Application Q&A Sessions

There will be two LFP Grant Application Q&A sessions hosted via Zoom. They will be Monday, June 29, 2020 at 2pm CST and Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 12pm CST. Please email Jenna Van Sickle for more details and the login information. 


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Seton Hall conference on Communication and Religion in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election 10/21-10/23

Seton Hall University will host an conference on “Communication and Religion in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election,” on October 21-23. This conference is free to attend and will be broadcast live for those who cannot attend. Register now at www.shu/edu/ICR2020.


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.