Application Procedures

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

Applications for the 2021-2023 Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships in Humanities and the Arts must be submitted through Interfolio's ByCommittee service no later than Wednesday, January 6, 2021 (see link below). Application materials must include:


  • A curriculum vitae, with educational degrees, teaching experience, and publications, submitted via Interfolio.
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial) from all graduate institutions attended, submitted via Interfolio.  Official transcripts will be required for applicants invited to the on-campus interview.
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted via Interfolio.
  • An application essay, submitted via Interfolio, of not more than 1,000 words that discusses the sources of the candidate's interest in this fellowship program, the candidate's preparation for and dedication to undergraduate teaching, and the candidate's immediate and long-range research interests.
  • A brief essay of about 200-300 words, submitted via Interfolio, that addresses the candidate's specific preparation for and interest in teaching in the interdisciplinary Christ College First Year Program
  • For applicants in studio art, music, or theater performance, portfolios, audio and/or video recordings and other forms of relevant documentation are welcome (electronic portfolios or links to websites are preferred). Artistic exhibition, public performance, or production involving undergraduate students may substitute for teaching, at the discretion of the program director.  Please email electronic portfolios or website links here or mail portfolios to: Lilly Fellows Program, Valparaiso University, Linwood House 1320 Chapel Drive South, Valparaiso, IN 46383.

Final selection of the Lilly Postdoctoral Fellows is made by a Valparaiso University faculty committee that includes the Program Director.

Finalists will be interviewed virtually in February and March, and, depending on travel restrictions, in person on March 25 and 26, 2021. Up to two postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded.

The Deadline for Applications is January 6, 2021.

Applications are submitted through Interfolio ByCommittee; Application link will be provided by October 15, when the application process opens.

For questions regarding application procedures, email us at: lillyfellows.program@valpo.edu or call at 219-464-5317

Applicants for the 2021-2023 Residential Postdoctoral Fellowships will be contacted regarding the status of their Applications by the first week of March 2021.

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.