Summer Fellowship for Religion and Social Life

A two-month summer intensive in Washington, D.C., for students to explore the social benefits of religious communities, while undergoing intentional spiritual formation as well as professional development for a life of service and leadership.

The application window for summer 2023 is now closed. Please check back in the fall of 2023 to apply for the summer 2024 cohort. Join our student opportunities mailing list here for announcements about the Summer Fellowship for Religion & Social Life.


  • Spend 8 weeks in Washington D.C. living, learning, and working in the heart of the city
  • All expenses paid (transportation, housing, travel) plus a weekly stipend for meals and incidentals
  • Interdisciplinary seminars on topics related to religious practices and their social impact
  • Professional internships with organizations working at the intersection of religion and politics
  • Professional/leadership development and networking opportunities
  • Spiritual enrichment opportunities and exposure to religious communities in Washington
Academic Seminars Include:

Religion and Society: What is religion, and what should its relationship be to other realms of life? How should religious practices inform other realms of life, including politics, business, social entrepreneurship, and so on? Students will think theoretically here about how religion should structure our understanding of the world.

Religion and American History: What role did religion play in the American founding? How have diverse religious communities contributed to America’s social fabric? How have religion and race intersected in the formation of American public life?

Religion and the Common Good: Does religion make a positive difference for American society? How has religious commitments affected America’s prisons, marriage and families, public health, etc.? In this section students would think empirically about religion’s effects on American society.

The Constitution and Religious Freedom: What is the scope of religious freedom? How have religious liberties been interpreted by the Court throughout American history? What are the differences between corporate and individual religious liberties, and how should we navigate the conflict between religious liberties and other putative rights?


Program Eligibility: 

  • Applicants must be an enrolled Baylor University undergraduate student at the time of application.* 
  • Preference will be given to rising juniors and seniors, however, rising sophomores will be considered.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
*Baylor undergraduate students from all majors are eligible to apply for the Program.

Application Materials

All application materials are to be submitted using the application form linked below.

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
    • The cover letter should clearly communicate: 
      • 1) What drew you to this program and why why you're interested; 
      • 2) What qualifications you bring to this program (i.e. relevant academic coursework completed, leadership and service opportunities that demonstrate your reliability and maturity);
      • 3) How this experience will advance your future academic, professional, and personal goals.
  • Two recommendations submitted through this recommendation form
    • At least one recommendation must be from a Baylor faculty member
  • Degree Audit (Unofficial is acceptable)
  • Permission to access student conduct records*

*Due to the nature of this program, applicant records maintained by the Student Conduct Administration office are subject to review at any time to ensure that program participants are in good standing with the University. Any past offenses will be considered and program participation will be determined at the discretion of the program directors based on this review. If a student is accepted into the program and the program directors learn of past or new offenses after-the-fact, acceptance into the program and any offered scholarship funds can be revoked, as determined at the discretion of the program directors.


*The application for the summer 2023 cohort is closed. Check back later to apply for the summer 2024 cohort. Email with any questions about this opportunity.

Baylor in Washington

700 K St. NW, Ste. 300
Washington, D.C. 20001

(202) 870-9978