Program at a Glance

The Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies selected 9 exceptional fellows from Canada, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Lebanon, Malaysia and the United States to participate in the program's 2016-2017 cycle.

What is the Russell Berrie Fellowship?

This program is a timely initiative at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum). The goal of the Fellowship Program is to build bridges between Christian, Jewish, and other religious traditions by providing the next generation of religious leaders with a comprehensive understanding of and dedication to interfaith issues.

Learn more about the Fellowship


Who can apply?

In order to be eligible to apply for a Russell Berrie Fellowship, candidates must first prove that they have gained or are eligible to gain admission to the Licence or Diploma in Interreligious Studies Program at the Angelicum.

Learn more about eligibility requirements


What is included?

The award will provide one year of financial support for Russell Berrie Fellows to pursue a Licence Degree or a Diploma in Interreligious Studies at the Angelicum. It is intended to cover tuition, a modest living stipend, examination fees, a modest book allowance, and travel to and from the recipient's home country once a year.


What is the Russell Berrie Foundation?

The Russell Berrie Foundation carries on the values and passions of the late Russell Berrie, through promoting the continuity of the Jewish people, and fostering religious understanding and pluralism.

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News & Events
  • 2017 Fellowship Application Open

    We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Russell Berrie Fellowship Program is now open to applicants. The deadline for applications will be March 3, 2017.

  • 2016-17 Fellowship Application Webinars

    Register for one of the three open webinars to learn more about the Fellowship Program, the application requirements, and to ask your questions if you have any. In order to register, please click on the date of your preference:

    December 15, 3 PM (CET)

    January 17, 11 AM (CET)

    February 2, 4 PM (CET)


  • Russell Berrie Winners 2016

    IIE is pleased to announce the 2016 cohort of Russell Berrie Fellows in Interreligious Studies. This year's fellows constitute a highly qualified and diverse group of scholars seeking to make a difference by contributing to interreligious dialogue and interfaith understanding through their year-long education at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.

    The 2016 Russell Berrie Fellows are:

    • Mr. Ali Chamseddine, France/Lebanon
    • Sr. Anie Deepa, India
    • Mr. Christopher Kalaitzidis, Greece
    • Mr. Christine Lim, Malaysia
    • Ms. Samantha Lin, USA/Canada
    • Ms. Lynda Middleton, USA
    • Mr. Rafiqur Rahman, USA
    • Mr. William Stainsby, Ireland
    • Ms. Shu Chin Yang, Malaysia

    To learn more about the fellows of Cohort IX, read their short bios.

Program at a Glance

The Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies selected 9 exceptional fellows from Canada, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Lebanon, Malaysia and the United States to participate in the program's 2016-2017 cycle.

THIS PROGRAM IS ADMINISTERED BY IIE

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