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 two 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 First Year 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. See the Application Procedures Page for Instructions

We anticipate opening the application process for the 2021-2023 Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowship on or before October 15, 2020.

Noteworthy News

Registration open for National Conference

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.


Registration open for Virtual Consultation for Senior Administrators

On October 8, 2020 from 2:00-3:30pm CDT, the Lilly Fellows Program will be hosting a Virtual Consultation for Senior Administrators: Navigating the Moral and Ethical Terrain of Covid-19. Click here for more information and to register.


May LFP Update

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


New edition of Leading Lives that Matter released

In their second edition of Leading Lives That Matter, editors Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass compile a wide range of texts—from ancient and contemporary literature, social commentary, and philosophy—related to questions of vital interest for those who are trying to decide what to do with their lives and what kind of human beings they hope to become. Leading Lives that Matter has been an important text in many of our fellowship and grant programs, and it contains excellent resources. Click here for more information and an excerpt.


Rescheduled: Catholic Intellectual Tradition Conference at Sacred Heart University

The “Catholic Intellectual Tradition Conference: Challenges and Opportunities for the Catholic University in the 21st Century,” at Sacred Heart University has been rescheduled to October 29-31, 2020 as an online conference. Click here for more information and to register. 


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.