Terrence J. Murphy Institute

for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy

Murphy Fellowship Program for Students 

The Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy offers a fellowship program for students who pursue both a J.D. and M.A. in the Catholic Studies degree program at the University of St. Thomas.  Students accepted into this program are known as “Murphy Scholars.” It is anticipated that there will be one Murphy Scholars for each graduating class of law students, so that there will be three Murphy Scholars in a given year. However, that number will fluctuate from time to time, based on the number of qualified students and how quickly they complete their degrees.

Murphy Scholars receive a stipend of $1,000 for each semester of their fellowship. Murphy Scholars participate in the full range of interdisciplinary programming offered by the Murphy Institute. They are invited to participate in all of the activities of the Murphy Institute, from public talks to private faculty seminars and roundtables. They have the opportunity to personally meet the Murphy Institute’s impressive array of guests, and to participate in the interdisciplinary scholarly exchanges hosted by the Murphy Institute. Murphy Scholars may also be invited to assist in research projects connected with planning events, developing curricular materials, and public policy analysis.


A student is eligible to apply to this fellowship program in any year in which she is enrolled in both the J.D. and M.A. programs. Once a student has been accepted into the fellowship program, she will retain her status as a Murphy Scholar as long as she is a student in good standing in both programs.

Application Process

Students interested in becoming Murphy Scholars should submit the following to Seanne Harris at harr5175@stthomas.edu.

  • A current C.V.
  • A typed personal essay of not more than 700 words describing the applicant’s reasons and goals for pursuing the joint J.D./M.A. degree, and interest in the work of the Murphy Institute.
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from an individuals who can attest to the applicant's skills, experience, and interest in kind of work done by the Murphy Institute.

Applications should be submitted by April 30, for consideration for fellowships beginning the following Fall.

Christopher Damian, Rachana Chhin, Heidi VanDeBerg, Sarah Schaefer, and Morgan Fuller