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Application for Lilly Scholarships in Religion

Guidelines and eligibility
Carefully read the guidelines below, then complete the application at the bottom of this page in its entirety. Applications are reviewed quarterly (Jan. 1, April 1, July 1 and Oct. 1), with decisions announced three weeks after deadlines. Questions? Contact Amy Schiska at 
  • Scholarships are available to full-time journalists in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Scholarships are valid for accredited theology schools, university-related divinity schools, or college/university departments of religion/philosophy, and can be used for traditional courses, shorter intensive courses or distance-learning courses.
  • Applicants must show evidence of employment as a full-time journalist in the news media. Journalists in any position or beat are eligible. Journalists working for religious media—including media supporting or promoting a particular religion, faith community or religious group—are not eligible.
  • Scholarships are awarded as stipends of up to $5,000 each. They may cover: tuition, books, application fees, registration fees, lab fees, child care, activity fees and other expenses related to the course. 
  • Applicants are funded for no more than four courses during the project, and only one course per application period (now through July 31, 2014).
  • Recipients must submit a 1,000-word maximum report detailing the course, benefits, challenges, course grade and syllabus within 30 days of receiving official grade.
  • Additional information may be required. Program and guidelines are subject to change.
  • RNA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or other protected characteristic as established by law.
  • RNF and RNA employees and their families are not eligible.

Applicant documentation and essay                               
The following information is required when you submit your application:
  • Employment history for last five years, including job duties, number of years as a journalist, etc. or résumé. Acceptable formats are: PDF, Word doc, TIFF, JPEG or plain text.
  • An essay, in 500 words or less: Why do you seek this scholarship and how do you expect to benefit?
  • Three story clips or audio files (dated within the last 12 mos.) via e-mail with your application. If you do not have data in electronic format, call Amy Schiska, 573-355-5201, ext. 3#.
  • An e-mail from your human resources department confirming your employment.
  • Freelancers must list all jobs held from the last 12 months and include duties and income received as well as a résumé.

Lilly Scholarship application
Please have your documentation ready before you begin the application (see complete list, above). Applications cannot be saved mid-process.

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