Murphy Student Scholars

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 Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas.  Students accepted into this program are known as “Murphy Scholars” and receive a stipend for each semester of their fellowship. 

Murphy Scholars participate in the full range of interdisciplinary programming offered by the Murphy Institute from public talks to private faculty seminars and roundtables and have the opportunity to personally meet the Murphy Institute’s impressive array of guests.  Murphy Scholars may also be invited to assist in research projects connected with planning events, developing curricular materials, and public policy analysis. 

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

What our current scholars say:

"As I aspire to be a better Catholic, a better student, and a better person overall, I can think of no better place to continue my journey than with this program."  -Morgan Fuller, 3L 


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

Application Process

Students interested in becoming Murphy Scholars should submit the following:

  • 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 to the institute's program manager, Seanne Harris at by April 30, for consideration for fellowships beginning the following Fall.