U.N. Fellowship

Supporting the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York City 

This 12-month fellowship is available to graduates of the University of St. Thomas School of Law or the Catholic Studies M.A. or B.A. programs, in support of the work of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York, New York

Selected fellows will have the opportunity to attend meetings and work under the direction of the Mission to assist in research and writing reports for the Mission.

The fellowship period runs from September 1 through August 31. During the appointment, the fellow will receive a monthly stipend of $1,500 per month; housing and partial board; and reimbursement for one round-trip to and from New York.  

The fellowship is funded by the School of Law, Center for Catholic Studies, and the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy.

What our Fellows say about the experience: 

Found out yesterday that I was accepted into the Master of Laws (L.L.M.) program in International Human Rights Law at the Center for Civil & Human Rights, Notre Dame Law School. That was the program I wanted to be a part of for so long!  After two applications over two years, it looks like the experience as a U.N. Fellow made the difference.

Rachana Chhin, 2015-2016 UN Fellow (first fellowship recipient)

Working with the Permanent Observer Mission is an opportunity to share an experience of truth and goodness and raise awareness and sensitivity to the needs of humanity, as identified through the Church’s experience with humanity. I have been assigned to the 3rd Committee, which is dedicated to social, humanitarian, and cultural issues. This is exactly where I would have chosen to be. I couldn't be more thrilled to be here.

Anna Marie Landis, 2016-2017 UN Fellow 

Click here to view a short history of the work of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See Mission to the United Nation in New York.

Application Process

Application Process

Individuals who wish to apply for the Post Grad UN Fellowship must submit the following to MurphyInstit@stthomas.edu:

  1. A completed 2017 UN Fellowship Application Form
  2. The applicant's current resume;
  3. A typed personal essay of no more than 1,000 words describing the applicant’s interest and commitment to the work of the Mission; 
  4. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant's skills, experience, and interest in the work of the Mission.

Applications should be submitted by March 14 for consideration for fellowships beginning the next September 1.

Eligibility and Selection

To be eligible for this fellowship, candidates must (1) have obtained either the degree of J.D. from the UST School of Law,  or an M.A. or B.A. (major or minor) from the University of St. Thomas Catholic Studies program and (2) demonstrate a familiarity with and commitment to the work of the Mission. 

The fellowship will be awarded through a competitive process, and not all applicants will receive a fellowship. Candidates for the fellowship will be nominated from among the applicants by a UST selection committee and chosen for each fellowship by consensus of the selection committee and the Mission.   If the committee and the Mission do not agree on a candidate in any one year, no fellowship will be awarded that year.