The BJC Fellows

Applications are now open for the 2022 class!

BJC Fellows come from diverse educational, professional and religious backgrounds to learn in an intensive education program that equips them for advocacy to protect religious liberty.

Since 2015, BJC has offered the BJC Fellows Program, providing 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.

The deadline to apply for the 2022 class is February 21, 2022. Scroll down for requirements and additional details. 

“I was encouraged to step outside of my comfort zone and engage in advocacy work and the promotion of religious liberty for all Americans; not just the black Baptists in my local congregation, but every denomination represented in these great United States, including the non-believer.”

Corey Mitchell
2017 BJC Fellow

“At the end of the BJC Fellows Seminar, we left feeling equipped and empowered to contribute our gifts and talents to the important work of defending and extending religious liberty for all within our respective spheres of influence, and we know there is still a lot of work to be done.”

Chelsea Clarke
2018 BJC Fellow

“I know that this is just the beginning of a journey of advocating for religious liberty in my community and with the other BJC Fellows. I am excited to begin to invest more in my local government and advocacy efforts, hoping to bring my knowledge of religious liberty to my local context.”

Ashton Wells
2016 BJC Fellow

Apply to the 2022 class

The BJC Fellows Program is open to all individuals between the ages of 25 and 40. There are no religious requirements. Applicants must submit the below materials, and they must commit to attending the entire seminar in Colonial Williamsburg.

BJC Fellows Seminar in Colonial Williamsburg: July 27 – July 31, 2022
Application deadline: February 21, 2022

How to apply:

Click here to apply via a Google form. If you do not have a Google account, email [email protected] for an alternate method of entry.

You will submit the following documents via the application form:

  • Cover letter expressing interest in the program
  • CV or resume
  • Responses to three questions

Your application also requires two letters of recommendation, which must be submitted via email by the writer to [email protected].

To be considered for the 2022 class, all materials must be received by February 21, 2022, at midnight Eastern Time. For additional questions, contact us at [email protected]

Meet the BJC Fellows

BJC Fellows

“Religious liberty is about so much more than simply allowing people to worship. It’s about their fundamental right to exist — to be human.”

Brent Newberry / 2018 BJC Fellow

BJC Fellows

“As a BJC Fellow, I have access to resources, experiences, and a network in which I too can respond and advocate for the protection of religious liberty for all.”

Erika Perez / 2018 BJC Fellow

“What the BJC Fellows Seminar taught me, more than anything else, is the dynamism and intricacy of lived Christianity in the United States.”

Sofi Hersher / 2017 BJC Fellow