BJC Fellows Program

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The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty Fellows Program is for young professionals interested in deepening their legal, historical and theological understanding of religious liberty. For each class, 10 Baptist Joint Committee Fellows (“BJC Fellows”) are selected from diverse educational, professional and religious backgrounds. They must commit to being advocates for religious liberty in their houses of worship and communities. After completing the BJC Fellows Seminar, each BJC Fellow will serve as a liaison between the BJC and their communities. They are expected to use their skills to seek out and accept opportunities for public engagement, such as leading educational sessions, writing op-eds and using social media to advance the cause of religious liberty.

Read about the experiences of the 2015 and 2016 classes.


Apply for the 2017 class

Applications are now open for the 2017 class of BJC Fellows. Click the button below to download the application form. Those who wish to be considered should have fewer than six years experience in their current position, and they must commit to attend the BJC Fellows Seminar in Colonial Williamsburg, held July 26-30, 2017 (the program covers most travel costs, food and lodging). In addition to filling out the form, applicants must also include:
• Cover letter expressing interest in program
• Resume or CV
• Two letters of recommendation
• Typed responses to three following questions (Please limit each answer to 500 words):
   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 through this program?

Applications must be postmarked by Feb. 17, 2017.

2017 BJC Fellows Program application

Become a BJC Fellow

What does it mean to be a BJC Fellow? It means that you will join a group of religious liberty advocates from across the country dedicated to the separation of church and state. We encourage young professionals from all faith traditions (or no faith tradition) to apply. Learn more by watching the video below. 

Scroll down for more information and videos from the two previous classes of BJC Fellows.  


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Slideshow of BJC Fellows

Take a look at some of the experiences of the first two classes of BJC Fellows during their time in Colonial Williamsburg.

Each BJC Fellows Program involves a multi-day seminar at the historic site in Virginia, and the seminar includes tours of the grounds led by historians and classroom visits from historical interpreters.

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. 

Learn about the latest group of 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. 

Learn about previous BJC Fellows

2015 Class