BJC Fellows Program

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The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty is now accepting applications to the 2018 Baptist Joint Committee Fellows Program. All applications must be postmarked by February 16, 2018. 

Ten “Baptist Joint Committee Fellows” (“BJC Fellows”) will be selected from diverse educational, professional and religious backgrounds, and they will attend the BJC Fellows Seminar at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia from July 25-29, 2018. The intensive education program will equip the BJC Fellows for activism, utilizing Colonial Williamsburg’s educational resources in conjunction with BJC staff members and other preeminent scholars.

Requirements:  There is no cost to apply, and the program covers travel costs (up to a predetermined amount) and all lodging and meals for the BJC Fellows. Applicants should have less than six years of experience in their current profession, and they must commit to being religious liberty advocates in the future. All BJC Fellows will have projects to complete during the seminar as well as individual projects following the seminar. There are no religious requirements necessary to apply — early-career professionals from any or no religious background are welcome to apply.

Application process:

Applicants must mail the following in one packet:

  • Completed application form (click for PDF document)
  • Cover letter
  • CV or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (specific to being a BJC Fellow)
  • Typed responses to three short questions, maximum of 500 words per response (questions are below)

Questions for application:

  1. How do you define religious liberty, and why is it important today?
  2. What are you looking to learn through this program?
  3. How will you use the information gained from the program?

Mail all materials in one envelope to:
BJC Fellows Program
200 Maryland Ave. N.E.
Washington, DC  20002

Since 2015, the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty has offered the BJC Fellows Program, offering young professionals the opportunity to deepen their historical, theological and legal understanding of religious liberty and develop skills to advocate for the cause throughout their careers. For questions, contact BJC Education and Outreach Specialist Charles Watson Jr. at

2018 BJC Fellows Program
Applications due: Feb. 16
Selected BJC Fellows will be notified by the end of March.

BJC Fellows Seminar: July 25-29, 2018 in Colonial Williamsburg (Virginia)

Click here to download application form.

2017 BJC Fellows

The third class of BJC Fellows gathered in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, July 26-30, 2017. The participants came from nine different states and the District of Columbia, and they had a variety of denominational and religious backgrounds. Whether returning to their professional lives working for a house of worship, advocacy organization or educational institution, the 2017 class of BJC Fellows showed great commitment to furthering the cause of religious liberty, and we look forward to seeing what they will accomplish!

Meet the 2017 BJC Fellows

2017 Class

2016 BJC Fellows

The second class of BJC Fellows gathered in Colonial Williamsburg July 27-30, 2016. The participants came from nine different states and brought their unique backgrounds and perspectives to the program as they engaged with BJC staff, historical interpreters and other experts. 

Meet the 2016 BJC Fellows

2016 Class



2015 BJC Fellows

The inaugural BJC Fellows Program began the tradition of equipping young professionals for a lifetime of religious liberty advocacy. Watch the video to learn more about how the program impacted those involved. 


Meet the 2015 BJC Fellows

2015 Class