Lilly Scholarships in Religion for Journalists

Deadline: 1 July 2011 or 1 October 2011
Open to: journalists interested in writing about religion from US
Scholarship: up to $5,000 (cover expenses including tuition, registration fees and books)

The Lilly Scholarships for Journalists program is funded by a two-year grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., to the Religion Newswriters Association’s non-profit charitable arm, the Religion Newswriters Foundation. Its mission is to help journalists achieve excellence in writing and reporting on faith, values, ethics and spirituality in the news media.


Full-time print and broadcast journalists working at general circulation (or audience), non-religious media outlets are eligible to apply.
Freelance journalists may be eligible but must demonstrate that both a majority of their time is spent and income is from religion news in secular media markets.


The following information is required when you submit your application:

  • Employment history for last five years (job duties, number of years as a journalist). Acceptable formats are: PDF, Word doc, TIFF, JPEG or plain text.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Have all this documents when you start the on-line application.


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.


Amy Schiska at 573-355-5201 ext. 3#

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