Figge Fellowship: Program Description

The Program

Each year, through a highly selective application process, a new cohort of student-fellows is selected based on the aptitudes of the applicants, the promise of their projects, and the diversity of their interests.

The aim of each project is to address an issue of significant human concern, of social, cultural, and historical importance; and to analyze it theologically.

  • Projects can be developed within any discipline at the University. Projects often develop from students’ previous work or enhance current research in which a student is deeply engaged.
  • While the methods of Catholic social thought and Jesuit priorities of research, reflection, and action are central to the program as a whole, individual fellows develop analytical frameworks for their own projects that are drawn from the full range of world faiths. The resulting diversity across the research projects invariably works to the advantage of all participants.

“Structural Change: Constantine in the Early Church from a Eusebian Perspective,” AJ Degrado (MSB ’22)

“Integral Human Development and the Capabilities Approach,” Bakhita Fung (SFS ’23)

“Jewish Migration and Cultural Adaptation from South Africa since 1970,” Alex Cywes (SFS ’23)

“Theology and Morality in the Provisional Irish Republican Army,” Lily McGrail (CLAS ’21)

“The Paradox of Goddess Worship: The Idealization of Hindu Goddesses and the Disempowerment of Modern Hindu Women,” Tundaa Dorjnamjim (SFS/MSB ’24)

See the current Figge Fellow and the Figge alumn pages too!

Fellowship components: 

  • Producing a significant and meaningful research project by the end of the school year (usually a research paper of about thirty pages)
  • Attending monthly events. Sometimes formal (e.g., cocktail party with the dean); sometimes less so (e.g., lunches and dinners with mentors and program directors)
  • Participating in a monthly group reflection, and semesterly group retreats (encompassing a weekend)
  • Building a community of learning by keeping in touch through regular updates and gatherings
    • with the Program Coordinators, other fellows, and even Figge alumns
    • with the Senior Mentor and your own project mentor
  • Formally presenting your completed project to fellow students, mentors, administrators, and other distinguished members of the university community
  • Upon successful completion of projects, fellows receive a $500 stipend.